Gophers Conclude Classic With Three-Set Win Over Tulsa
Sept. 15, 2012
The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball program defeated host Tulsa to conclude the Golden Hurricane Classic, today in Tulsa, Okla. Minnesota improves to 9-2 and won, 25-22, 25-17 and 25-19 today. The Golden Gophers finished the tournament in second place after Kansas State won it, winning all three matches.
Katherine Harms led the Gophers with 17 kills and a season-best 20 digs, while Dana Knudsen had a her best match as a Golden Gopher with 11 kills, a .625 hitting percentage and four total blocks. Ashley Wittman was also in double-digit kill marks with 10, while Alexandra Palmer had 42 assists. Lindsey Lawmaster added 14 digs. Harms and Palmer were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Harms finished the tournament with 47 kills and 38 digs, while hitting .357. Palmer had 87 assists in the tournament, three aces and 20 digs.
Minnesota hit .362 to Tulsa’s .250 in the first set en route to a 25-22 win. The Gophers jumped out to a 18-13 lead, only to have Tulsa rally back and take a two-point lead at 21-19. However, the Gophers regrouped and went on a 6-1 run at the end of the set to reclaim the lead and the win. Trailing 21-19, Wittman added back-to-back kills, while Tulsa had a hitting error. After a kill by Tulsa to knot it at 22 all, Minnesota had a kill by Knudsen, a block by Knudsen and Harms and a kill by Harms to end the first set.
The Gophers went up, 2-0 when they hit .353 in the second set and limited the Hurricanes to a .152 hitting percentage for a 25-17 set win. Minnesota would go up 13-8 on a kill by Knudsen and would later add an ace by Kalysta White for a 18-12 lead. Minnesota finished the set strong when the Gophers had back-to-back kills by Tori Dixon and Knudsen for their 21st and 22nd set point. After two-straight kills by Harms, Wittman ended the set with a kill.
Minnesota would close the door on the tournament when the Gophers had a balanced attack in the third set for a 25-19 set and match win. Minnesota would have four kills each from Daly Santana, Knudsen, Harms and Wittman for a match-best .395 hitting percentage. Along with 22 digs in the set, Minnesota also had three blocks. With the set only tied at 2-2 and 3-3, Minnesota would stay ahead for the remainder of the set. Leading 17-14, the Gophers would open up the gap on three-straight kills from Wittman and Knudsen (2) as Tulsa took a timeout and its coach was issued a yellow card. Harms again, would provide the final two kills of the night at for Minnesota’s 24th and 25th points.
The win against Tulsa concludes the non-conference portion of the Minnesota schedule. The Gophers open up conference play next weekend as they travel to Illinois (Sept. 21) and Northwestern (Sept. 23). Friday’s match will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. Sunday’s match against the Wildcats will be at 1 p.m.