Sept. 10, 2011
Kansas, 3, Minnesota 2
The No. 6 University of Minnesota fell in five sets to Kansas, this morning at the Clarion Inn-vitational, held in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Gophers trailed 2-0, won the next two and fell in the final set. With scores of 25-27, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20 and 12-15, the Gophers drop to 4-2 on the season.
In the match, Minnesota was led by Ashley Wittman and Tori Dixon, who each have above a .400 hitting percentage. Wittman held a career-high 28 kills in 53 attempts (.425), while Dixon had 20 kills in 34 attempts (.500). Mia Tabberson also held a career-high 63 assists
Fifteen tie scores and six lead changes existed in the first set of the match as Kansas took it 27-25. Wittman had 10 kills in 20 attempts for a .400 kill percentage. Minnesota had six service errors in the set, 10 total in the match. Tied at 22-22, Minnesota then had a chance to close out the set as the Gophers went up, 24-23, but Kansas rallied back and had three-straight kills from Caroline Jarmoc and Allison Mayfield to earn the set.
Kansas took the second set, 25-20. Minnesota was up 18-15, but Kansas came back to tie the match at 19-19 and took control of the set and the win. KU had a kill, while Minnesota had four errors as the Jayhawks took an early 2-0 lead.
Trailing 2-0, Minnesota would respond and win the next two sets forcing a fifth set. Minnesota tied Kansas, 8-8 and held the lead for the remainder of the set, including a 5-1 run at the end to win, 25-17. With the set at 19-16, Minnesota would have a kill by Dixon and back-to-back attack errors by KU to put it at 22-16. After a Minnesota service error, Wittman added back-to-back kills, while Kansas’ Sara McClinton added an attack error to give Minnesota the third set.
Minnesota tied the match when it won, 25-20 in the fourth set. A Hailey Cowles ace put the Gophers in a tie at 14-14, while Dixon added a solo block to put the Gophers up the set lead for the win. Minnesota had even scoring when Dixon had four kills, Cowles and Wittman with three and Tabberson and Filho each with two.
However, Kansas jumped out to an early lead and took the match in five. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 5-2 lead and later a 10-5 lead. Minnesota attempted the comeback with the score coming at 9-13 KU. Dixon had two kills, while Wittman had one, but the Gophers had two service errors to close out the match at 15-12 Kansas.
Minnesota will play again tonight, 7 p.m., against No. 15 Northern Iowa. The Panthers defeated Kansas last night in five sets.