Sept. 20, 2013
The No. 9 University of Minnesota volleyball team earned its second win of the day with a 3-0 win over New Hampshire, today in conjunction with the Dartmouth Duels, in Hanover, N.H. The Golden Gophers improve to 10-1 this season as it won both matches today in 3-0 fashion.
Minnesota had 13 players see action in the match, including Tori Dixon, who had 10 kills and hit .500. Daly Santana had nine kills in 23 attempts to hit .391, while Sarah Wilhite and Ashley Wittman each had six kills. Minnesota split time between its setters Alexandra Palmer and Katie Schau. Schau had 21 assists as Palmer had 11, while Schau also had a team-high nine digs. As a team, the Gophers hit .356, including a .519 clip in the third set. Minnesota out blocked UNH, 11.0 to 5.0 and had seven aces to the Wildcats’ two.
In the first two matches of the Dartmouth Duels, Minnesota hit .376, had 13 aces and played 14. Minnesota also averaged 3.33 blocks per set and 15.50 digs.
-Minnesota made quick work of its 10th win of the season as the Gophers finished the match in a season-fastest 1 hour, seven minutes. The previous fastest was against Samford at 1:08.
-Minnesota had a total of 13 compete in the match, which was the second-most this season. The Gophers played 14 in the Western Illinois match (9/7)
-The match against UNH marked only the second time the Gophers and Wildcats have faced each other. The last time was a win in 2002.
Set 1: Minnesota added five aces in the first set, two of which came from Santana. Minnesota jumped out to a 10-3 lead after Wilhite and Paige Tapp combined for a block and Wilhite added a kill. Dixon and Santana added a block to put the set at 17-8, while UNH had an attack error and called a timeout. However, the Gophers would add its 20 and 21 point on a kill by Wittman and a Santana ace to for a 21-11 lead. Minnesota would close out the set as UNH had three attack errors, while Wilhite closed out the set on a kill.
Set 2: As the Gophers hit .357 in the set, Minnesota used an early 7-0 run to pace the set. In Wittman’s serve rotation alone, the Gophers collected kills from Wilhite (3), Dixon and Santana and blocks from Paige Tapp and Wilhite to add the separation and put the set at 10-4. Minnesota would go on another 5-0 run to put the set at 19-9 on a kill from Dixon. Santana added another ace for a 22-10 lead as the Gophers closed out the set with two kills from Karlie Hauer in the 23 and 24 point, while Wilhite put the Gophers up 2-0.
Set 3: Minnesota hit .519 in the third set and would close the door on the Wildcats early. After the two were tied 8-8, the Gophers quickly added a 5-0 run, capped off with a kill from Wittman. The Gophers put the lead to eight on a kill by Santana (18-10) and 21-12 on a kill from Dixon. Clelia De Felice gave the Gophers a 22-12 lead, followed by Minnesota’s 23rd point by Adrianna Nora. After a UNH attack error, Wittman closed the game with a kill through the block to end the match.
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