Gopher Volleyball Falls in Four to No. 3 Nebraska
Oct. 14, 2012
The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball team fell in four sets to No. 3 Nebraska, today, in Lincoln, Neb. With the loss, the Golden Gophers drop to 15-4 on the season and 6-2 in the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska improves to 15-2 and 7-1 in league action.
Minnesota was led by Tori Dixon, who had a match-best 16 kills and hit .682 (16-1-22). Ashley Wittman recorded her fourth-straight double double match when she had 14 kills and 10 digs. Katherine Harms had 13 kills and 12 digs, while Daly Santana had 13 kills and seven digs to hit for .303. Alexandra Palmer also had a double double when she had 49 assists and a team-high 14 digs.
The Gophers used a 6-1 run and hit .552 to propel them a 25-18 first set win. Harms had five kills to Dixon's four, while the Gophers had four service aces. Minnesota jumped out to an 11-6 lead when Katherine Harms delivered two aces and 13-7 with a kill from Dixon and an ace by Santana. After a kill by Harms to increase the Gopher lead to 16-9, the Gophers would open the gap even more with a block by Dana Knudsen and Santana to put the score at 19-12. Minnesota would get a kill from Wittman and another from Knudsen to end the set and take a 1-0 lead.
Minnesota attempted to erase a five-point deficit, but after three late tie scores, Nebraska took the second set, 27-25. Nebraska took a 16-11 lead on a kill by Hayley Thramer. The Huskers held a 20-16 lead until the Gophers attempted a late comeback. Minnesota would get three-straight points with a kill by Harms and Santana and a Nebraska attack error to put the score at 22-20 Nebraska. After a kill by Lauren Cook, Minnesota would tie it up at 23 on a kill from Santana, a Nebraska attack error and a kill by Harms. After a Gopher attack error, Dixon would tie the set at 24. After a Gopher service error, Minnesota would again tie it up at 25 with a kill by Wittman. However, Nebraska would close the set with a kill from Meghan Haggerty and a Gopher attack error to tie the match at 1-1.
The Huskers went up 2-1 on a 25-23 third-set win. The Huskers went up 14-9 on a kill by Hannah Werth and 19-13 on a kill by Gina Mancuso. For the second-straight set, Nebraska held a big lead, but the Gophers continued to battle back. Trailing 21-14, Minnesota strung together seven-straight points to come back and tie the set at 21 all. After Harms and Dixon had kills at 21-16, the Huskers had an attack error by Werth and a kill by Santana for a 21-19 score. Nebraska's Morgan Broekhuis would have two attack errors to knot the set at 21. However, Nebraska would close out the set with a kill by Cook, two Gopher attack errors and a set point kill by Broekhuis.
The Huskers would take the fourth set and the match on a 25-16 win. Nebraska held a 16-10 lead after Mancuso delivered an ace and forced the Gophers to take a timeout. The Huskers would continue to pour on the pressure and earn the set win as both Mancuso and Werth would each have four kills on the set and hit .480.
Minnesota returns to the Sports Pavilion next week as it hosts Wisconsin on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Purdue Saturday (7 p.m.)