Oct. 12, 2013
The No. 11 University of Minnesota volleyball team swept No. 14 Ohio State, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19, tonight in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten Conference.
Tori Dixon led the Gophers with 12 kills in 25 attempts, hit .360, had six digs and a match-high seven blocks. Sarah Wilhite hit .500 when she had 10 kills, one error in 18 swings and two service aces. Wittman followed with six kills and a match-best 12 digs. Alexandra Palmer added a match-high 27 assists and eight digs.
As a team, the Gophers did not commit an error in the first two sets. On the night, Minnesota had 42 kills to Ohio State's 35, out blocked the Buckeyes, 10.5 to 5.0 and held a 45-44 dig margin. The Gophers also hit .337 to OSU's .098.
Minnesota plays No. 7 Michigan State on Thursday night as it returns to the Sports Pavilion. The Golden Gophers host No. 17 Michigan on Saturday. Thursday night's match will be shown on ESPN2, while the Saturday tilt is on Gopher All-Access.
-Dixon led the Gophers in kills for the 13th time this season, while Wittman led the Gophers in digs for the 11th time.
-The Gophers have now hit over .300 as a team 13 times this year. The Gophers also had over 10 blocks in nine matches this season.
-The 10 kills for Wilhite was her third double-digit kill match in her short career.
-Hannah Tapp had six kills in 10 swings, her best offensive performance mark since Dartmouth (9/21)
Set 1: Minnesota jumped out to an early 5-1 lead, which set the pace for the rest of the set. The Gophers held a 16-10 lead when Dixon and Sydney Howard combined for their second block of the set, followed by an OSU attack error. Minnesota led 19-13 on a back-row kill from Dixon and a block by Tapp. Minnesota rolled to the end with a kill from Tapp, two from Daly Santana and an OSU attack error. In the set, Minnesota hit .417, did not commit an error and had four blocks. The Buckeyes committed 11 hitting errors, had 12 kills in 39 attempts to hit .026.
Set 2: Minnesota held the lead until Ohio State had back-to-back kills from Kaitlyn Leary and Kylie Randall to tie the set at 14-14. Minnesota, however, called a timeout and went on a 3-0 run which would later pace the Gophers to the 25-17 win. OSU took a timeout as the Gophers led, 17-14, but Minnesota would finish the set on an 8-3 run. For the second-straight set, Minnesota did not commit an error and hit .444 when it had 16 kills in 36 attempts.
Set 3: After a 4-4 tie, Minnesota would take the lead on two kills from Dixon for a 6-4 lead. The Buckeyes would close the gap to one at 12-11, but an OSU service error put the Gopher lead back to two. Minnesota then went on a 6-0 run during Santana's serve rotation. The Buckeyes attempted to stop the run by taking two timeouts, but Minnesota was able to come out of each break with a point. In that span, Santana would have two aces, while Wittman had two kills, as Dixon had one. The Gophers finished off the run with a block to take a 19-11 lead. OSU would attempt a comeback with kills from Randall, but Minnesota closed out the set with two-straight kills from Wilhite to close out the set and the match.
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