Gophers Win Dartmouth Tourney
Sept. 21, 2013
The No. 9 University of Minnesota volleyball team closed out the Dartmouth Duels with a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-23, 25-20) over host Dartmouth, tonight, in Hanover, N.H. With the win, the Golden Gophers complete the non-conference portion of its schedule and enter Big Ten play with a 12-1 record.
The Gophers host Indiana on Wednesday as the Big Ten Network kicks off its volleyball coverage with the Gophers and Hoosiers at 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota played 11 in the match tonight and rested seniors Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman. The Golden Gophers had big nights from newcomers Sarah Wilhite and Adrianna Nora, who each had double-digit kills. Wilhite led the team with 15, hit .333, had an ace, a team-high 10 digs and four blocks. Nora provided 14 kills in 24 attempts to hit .500. Karlie Hauer tied a career-high eight kills, while Hannah Tapp also had eight and hit .333. Alexandra Palmer added 41 assists, while Morgan Bohl saw a majority of action as the Gopher libero. As a team, Minnesota hit .316 to Dartmouth’s .287 and held an 8.0-4.0 lead in blocks.
Wittman, Dixon and Daly Santana were named to the all-tournament team. Dixon had 40 kills, hit .485 and contributed 53.0 points in the three matches she played. Wittman had 33 kills, 3.30 kills per set and hit .319, while Santana averaged 2.70 and hit .253 in three matches. In the four matches, Minnesota hit .327, averaged 13.46 kps and 2.85 blocks per set.
Set 1: Down 13-11, Minnesota would go on a 5-0 run and go up, 16-13 on back-to-back kills from Nora and Hauer. The Big Green, however, would battle back and tie the set at 18 on a kill by Kaira Lujan. After a tie at 19, Minnesota would have string together three-straight points, capped off by a kill from Hauer. Minnesota would finish the first with kills from Hauer and Nora to go up, 1-0.