Gophers Earn Straight-Set Win Over Wisconsin
Nov. 21, 2012
The No. 11 University of Minnesota volleyball team earned a 3-0 win over the Wisconsin Badgers, tonight in Madison, Wis. Minnesota is now 23-7, 14-5 in the Big Ten and defeated Wisconsin (17-15 overall, 5-14 in the Big Ten) by scores of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-21.
With a well-balanced attack, Minnesota was led by Katherine Harms, who had a match-high 12 kills, followed by Ashley Wittman with nine and Daly Santana, Dana Knudsen and Tori Dixon with eight. Harms also had three aces, while Alexandra Palmer had 37 assists. Morgan Bohl and Santana had a team-high 10 digs. Minnesota led the match with 46 kills to Wisconsin’s 39, while leading the hit percentage at .287 to the Badgers’ .204.
The Golden Gophers opened up the first set with a 6-1 lead and maintained control throughout the set en route to a 25-21 set win. After the Badgers closed the deficit to 9-8, Minnesota would open up the lead to 17-12 on a kill from Wittman. After a 19-13 Gopher lead, the Badgers would gain three-straight points to force a Minnesota timeout. After a block by Knudsen and Harms for the Gophers’ 22nd point, the Badgers would have two attack errors and a service error as Minnesota closed out the set. Harms and Wittman each had four kills and as the team hit .333 in the set to Wisconsin’s .105.
Minnesota went up 2-0 on a 25-20 second-set win. The Gophers had five kills from Harms in the second, while Knudsen had four in four attempts. Although the Badgers would get their first lead of the match at 4-3 in the second, Minnesota would regain the lead for good at 6-5 when Wisconsin’s Alexis Mitchell committed an attack error. Knudsen would put the second set at 15-9 on a kill, while Harms added a kill for a 17-12 lead. After a Gopher service error and a kill from Bailey Reshel, Minnesota called a timeout. The break worked to Minnesota’s advantage as the Gophers would close the set with a Badger service error for set point and an ace by Lindsey Lawmaster for a 2-0 lead.
Minnesota closed the match on a 25-21 third-set win en route to the team’s 23rd win of the season. Wittman paved the way in the third set when she had four kills, followed by Santana, Dixon and Harms with three. After the Gophers and Badgers were tied at 8-8, Minnesota would go open the lead with a 14-10 lead on a pair of aces from Harms. After a kill from Wittman at 17-13, Santana would provide a solo block for a 20-15 lead. The Gophers would close the door on the set with a Wisconsin service error, two kills from Dixon, a kill from Santana and a match-set kill from Harms.
Minnesota travels to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the Indiana Hoosiers, Saturday at 6 p.m. The Hoosier match ends the regular season.