Nov. 10, 2013
The No. 9 University of Minnesota volleyball program fell for the first time in the Sports Pavilion this year as the Golden Gophers dropped a five-set decision to No. 11 Nebraska, this afternoon in front of 5,210 fans.
Minnesota outhit the Huskers, .335 to .254 and held an 11.5 to 9.0 block advantage. Nebraska led in the dig category, 71-58. Ashley Wittman, led the Gophers with 19 kills and 46 attempts. Adrianna Nora had 18 kills in 41 attempts, while Daly Santana had a double-double with 15 kills and 14 digs, a team high. Hannah Tapp had a match-high seven blocks. Alexandra Palmer had 36 assists, nine digs and two aces. Lindsey Lawmaster had 11 digs and two aces.
The Gophers will host Ohio State and Penn State next weekend. Friday's match is set for a 7 p.m. start, while the Penn State match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. match.
First Set: Despite hitting .333 in the first set, Nebraska took a 1-0 lead on a 25-22 set win. Nebraska took the first point of the set and although the Gophers tied it three times, fell in the set. The Huskers jumped out to an 8-4 lead as Minnesota used its first timeout. The Gophers would battle back and eventually tie the set late at 20-20 on a block from Tori Dixon and Nora, which forced the Huskers to use their second timeout. Out of the timeout, Nebraska would get two points off of two blocks and would finish off the set on a kill Kadie Rolfzen to win 25-22.
Second Set: Minnesota tied the match, 1-1, on a 25-15 second set win. The Gophers hit .533 and held Nebraska to a .212 clip in the second set and had an 80 percent sideout mark. Nora paced the Gophers in the set with six kills, followed by Santana with five and Wittman with four. After the two teams tied at 8-8, Minnesota went on a 6-1 run to lead, 14-9. The Gophers would use another 5-0 run during Dixon's serve to go up, 23-14. Minnesota finished off the set with kills from Tapp and Nora to tie up the match. Third Set: After five ties and two lead changes, the Huskers took a 2-1 lead on a 27-25 third set win. Minnesota hit .244 in the set to Nebraska's .325. The Gophers erased a 13-9 deficit and would come within one at the 16-15 mark. Minnesota would eventually tie the set at 20 on a kill from Wittman. However, the Huskers put it back to two for a 22-20 lead on a block. Minnesota would again tie it at 23 with a block from Tapp and Nora. As the two teams tied at 24 with a Nora kill, Minnesota had a block from her and Tapp to push it to set point. However, Nebraska came back and had a kill from Kelsey Robinson and Megan Haggerty to put at set point and closed out the set on a block.
Fourth Set: Minnesota pushed the match to a five-set when it won the fourth, 25-15. Minnesota hit .406 in the set to Nebraska's .111 and had four blocks. Wittman hit .545 in the set and had six kills. The Gophers jumped out to a 4-0 lead off a Palmer ace. The Gophers would get another ace from Santana to push the score to 10-5. The Gophers added to its lead when they had a kill from Wittman and a block from Tapp and Nora to go up, 15-8. The Gophers took a 20-12 lead on a kill from Santana. Minnesota closed out the set with kills from Dixon and Wittman, her sixth of the set and 18th of the match.
Fifth Set: Nebraska jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Minnesota took a timeout. The Gophers responded out of the break and tied it up as Nebraska's Pollmiller had a service error, followed by a Nebraska attack error and a kill from Santana. The Huskers, however, came back and held a 6-3 lead and later a 10-6 mark, which maintained through the rest of the set. Minnesota had a block by Katie Schau and Dixon to come within three at 13-10, but Minnesota had a service error and a kill by Robinson for the final two points.
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