Gophers Earn Sweep on Senior Night
Nov. 17, 2012
The No. 14 University of Minnesota volleyball team concluded the regular home season with a 3-0 win over Iowa, tonight on senior night at the Sports Pavilion. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 22-7 on the season and 13-5 in the Big Ten. The Gophers defeated the Hawkeyes, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-16 and followed with honoring their seniors, Katherine Harms, Brianna Haugen, Dana Knudsen and Mia Tabberson.
Harms and Tori Dixon led the Gophers each with 12 kills and hitting percentage. Harms hit a match-best .667 when she had 12 kills, no errors in 18 swings. Dixon hit a .526 clip with 12 kills, two errors in 19 attempts. Morgan Bohl made her first collegiate start as the Gopher libero and had a match-high eight digs. Daly Santana had eight kills, three aces and seven digs, while Ashley Wittman had seven kills, an ace and five digs.
Minnesota jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first set to win it, 25-13 and take a 1-0 lead. Santana put the Gophers up five with a kill 7-2 while Harms provided a kill at 10-5 to remain five points ahead. Minnesota would add to its lead on a 6-2 run, capped off by a kill by from Santana. The Gophers would go up 10 at 20-10 on a kill from Wittman. Minnesota would finish off the set on an Iowa attack error, followed by a kill from Wittman, while she and Haugen added a block. The set ended with an Iowa attack error. Harms led the set with five kills, followed by Santana with four. Minnesota also had two blocks in the set.
The two teams went through 10 tie scores and five lead changes before the Gophers put away the second set, 25-22. Minnesota trailed twice by two points at 4-2 and again at 20-18 before the Gopher ended the set with three-straight points. As the Gophers were down 4-2, they added four-straight points, capped off with a Santana ace. After Minnesota held a 16-13 lead on another Santana ace, the Hawkeyes would close the deficit with a 5-1 run as Rachael Bedell put them up, 18-17. Minnesota, however, would tie the set with a block from Santana and Knudsen. After the two teams tied it at 22, Minnesota had a kill from Santana, an Iowa attack error and a block by Dixon and Tabberson.
Minnesota finished off the Hawkeyes when it hit .583 in the third for a 25-16 set win. The Gophers also had three of their seven team blocks in the set as Dixon finished the match strong with six kills. Along with Dixon's six kills, the team cashed in with 17 of its 45 kills. After Iowa tied the set at 7-7, Minnesota would take control of the match and built up a 19-12 lead on a block from seniors Knudsen and Tabberson. The Gophers capped off the set with a 5-1 run with a kill by Harms, a block by Dixon and an ace by Bohl en route for Minnesota's 22nd win of the season.
The Gophers are on the road for the final week of regular season play. Minnesota visits Wisconsin on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Madison, Wis. The Gophers then travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers in the lone meeting of the season at 6 p.m. CT.