Gophers Fall in Straight Sets to Michigan
Nov. 10, 2012
The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball program fell in three sets to Michigan tonight, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20, in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the loss, the Golden Gophers dropped their second straight and are 20-7 on the season, 11-5 in the Big Ten. Michigan improves to 21-9 overall and 9-7 in the league.
Despite the Gophers hitting .308 in the set, Michigan hit .364 en route to a 25-23 first-set win. Santana had five kills, while Harms and Wittman each had four kills. The Gophers had one more kill than Michigan, but Lexi Erwin had six kills in 12 attempts to lead the Wolverines to a set win. After a Wittman kill, Michigan used a kill from Clair McElheny, a Gopher attack error and a block to go up 22-18, which cushioned the Wolverines to a set win.
Michigan bettered its hitting percentage with a .393 clip, while Minnesota hit .286. Michigan went up 14-10 on a kill by Jennifer Cross. Minnesota closed the deficit to two at 16-14 on a kill by Ashley Wittman, but Michigan’s Molly Toon added back-to-back kills for an 18-14 lead. The Wolverines would end the set with a kill by Erwin, a Gopher attack error, a block and another kill by Toon to close out the set. Dixon had four kills in seven swings to led the Gophers in that set.
The Wolverines hit .654 to Minnesota’s .143 in the third and final set as Michigan took the set and match, 25-13. Michigan had six players with kills in that set, including Erwin with five. The Wolverines jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back. McElheny put Michigan up 20-10 on a kill, while the Wolverines finished the match with back-to-back blocks for the set.
Minnesota will look to return to the win column when it hosts Nebraska and Iowa next weekend, Nov. 16-17. Friday’s match will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s match is at 6:30 p.m.