Nov. 4, 2012
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The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball program trailed 0-2 and came back to defeat No. 15 Ohio State University in five sets (23-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-13, 15-12), today in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 20-5 this season and 11-3 in the Big Ten.
Minnesota had four players with double-digit kills. The Gophers were led by Katherine Harms, who had 17 kills, while Daly Santana had 15. Ashley Wittman had a season-best 21 digs, as Tori Dixon had a .542 hitting percentage and seven blocks. Dana Knudsen had 11 kills and hit .364. Alexandra Palmer had a Minnesota career-high 53 assists. The Gophers hit .315 in the match, including a .423 mark in the fourth set. OSU hit .233 in the match and had 11.0 blocks to Minnesota’s 13.0. Minnesota had 29 blocks on the weekend. After being out dug, 42-29 in the first two sets, Minnesota finished with 79 digs to OSU's 72.
Ohio State hit .260 and had 21 kills to Minnesota’s 11 to take the first set, 25-23. The Gophers and Buckeyes went through five lead changes and 13 tie scores before OSU went up 1-0 on a Mari Hole kill. After Santana had a kill to put the set at 17-17, OSU’s Emily Danks had a kill and the Buckeyes remained in the lead for the remainder of the set. OSU held a 22-19 lead before the Gophers had kills from Dixon and Wittman for a 22-21 deficit. After Knudsen had a kill for 23-22 score, OSU would had a block before Hole had her seventh kill of the set.
OSU took a 2-0 lead when it won the second set, 25-21. Despite Minnesota hitting .371, OSU hit .484 in the second and had 17 kills. The Buckeyes took the lead from the get-go at 1-0 and built a 16-8 lead before the Gophers came back. At the end of the second set, Minnesota went on a 5-1 run and closed the deficit to two points on back-to-back kills by Dixon and Santana and forced OSU to take a timeout. The Buckeyes, however, would close the set on back-to-back kills from Kaitlyn Leary and Hole.
Minnesota won the third set when it hit .366 to OSU’s .267 and trailed 2-1 on a 27-25 set win. Minnesota jumped out to a 12-8 lead on a Knudsen block. Minnesota held a 20-16 lead, only to have Mari Hole have two kills to put the Gopher lead to two. The Buckeyes would tie up the set at 22 on a Gopher attack error and the two teams would exchange points until Minnesota closed out the set on back-to-back kills by Harms. In the set, Harms had six kills, while Santana had six kills. Wittman had seven digs in the third set alone.
The Gophers cruised to a 25-13 win in the fourth set to tie up the match, 2-2. Minnesota hit a stifling .423 clip in the fourth set and held the Buckeyes to a .049 hitting percentage in the fourth. Santana, Knudsen and Harms all had three kills in the set. Minnesota went on a 8-0 run to go up, 16-10, as Harms and Santana each had two kills, a bad set and a ball handling by OSU’s Amanda Peterson as well as a solo block by Knudsen. Only a Gopher service error would stop the Gopher run. Minnesota went up 10 on a block by Harms and Dixon and up 11 on an attack error by OSU. The Gophers would close out the set with a kill by Dixon, an attack error by OSU and an ace by Harms to force a fifth set.
Minnesota took the fifth and final set on a 15-12 win. Minnesota would go up 7-5 on a slide kill from Dixon. Wittman would put the Gophers up, 8-5 on a kill from Wittman off the block with the assist going to Mia Tabberson. As Minnesota led 10-6, OSU had a kill and a block to close the Gopher lead to 10-8. After an ace and a block by OSU, the Gopher lead was at 11-10 before Minnesota would go up 13-11 on a kill by Harms. After an OSU block, the Gophers would close out the set and match on kills from Harms for set and match point and Santana for the win.
Minnesota is on the road again next weekend when it competes at Michigan State on Nov. 9 and at Michigan Nov. 10.
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