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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.
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