Gophers Sweep Ohio State At the Sports Pavilion
Sept. 28, 2012
The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated No. 22 Ohio State University, tonight at the Sports Pavilion. By scores of 25-23, 25-23 and 25-22, the Golden Gophers improve to 12-2 on the season and 3-0 in Big Ten play.
Minnesota was led by Katherine Harms and Daly Santana as they each had 14 kills. The 14 kills by Santana tied a career high for the rookie. Tori Dixon had seven kills, while Alexandra Palmer had a match-high 37 assists. Lindsey Lawmaster added a match-high 11 digs. Minnesota hit .309 to OSU's .221 and edging the Buckeyes in kills, 42-37.
After 12 tie scores and five lead changes, the Gophers used a 7-0 run to take the first set, 25-23. After Ohio State had a service error to put the score at 16-15 OSU, Minnesota subbed Karlie Hauer in the set to serve. In her rotation, the Gophers tied the set at 16 and went on to take a 21-16 lead. In that span, Harms had three kills, while she and Knudsen had a block as OSU had two attack errors. OSU, however, would close the Gopher lead to 23-22 with a kill by Mariah Booth. But Minnesota would close out the set with a kill from Santana and a kill from Wittman for the 24th and 25th Gopher point. Minnesota hit .343 in the first set, while holding the Buckeyes to a .195 clip.
Propelled by Santana's three service aces and six kills in the second, the Gophers won another 25-23 set win to go up, 2-0. With the score at 4-4, Santana delivered three service aces, while Wittman had a kill to go up 8-4. However, OSU battled back and took a 12-11 lead. Minnesota, however, took the lead for good when Dixon had a kill for the 14th point. Santana had four kills for the remainder of the set. As the Gophers led 24-21, OSU would get the next two points to extend the set on a kill by Hole and a Minnesota attack error. However, the Gophers would take the final point on an OSU attempt error for the second-set win.
Harms paced the Gophers in the third set when she hit .500 and capitalized six kills on 11 attempts with no errors en route to a 25-22 set and match win. Tied early at 4-4, the Gophers would maintain the lead for the rest of the set. The Buckeyes would come close to tying Minnesota at 12-11, but Minnesota would increase the deficit to 16-12 on a kill by Dana Knudsen and later a five-point lead at 20-15 with an OSU attack error. The Buckeyes would inch closer throughout the tail end of the set as Minnesota held a 22-21 lead. The Gophers ended the match with a kill by Santana, an OSU service error and an ace by Dixon to end the set and the match.
Minnesota will host No. 1 Penn State tomorrow night at the Sports Pavilion. The Nittany Lions also swept its competition, Wisconsin, by scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-7. They also improve to 3-0 in the Big Ten Conference.