Nov. 23, 2013
The No. 11 University of Minnesota volleyball team earned a 3-1 win over No. 17 Michigan State, tonight, in East Lansing, Mich. The Golden Gophers took the first set, 25-23, the second set, 25-19, dropped the third, 18-25, but came back to win the fourth, 27-25.
Minnesota was led by senior Ashley Wittman, who had 18 kills and hit .421. She also had 19 digs in the match, which was a team-high. Daly Santana had 13 kills. Minnesota hit .277 as a team, bettering MSU's .208 clip. The Gophers also had 13 blocks to MSU's 9. Tori Dixon led the Gophers with seven blocks, followed by Karlie Hauer with six and Hannah Tapp with five.
Minnesota plays Wednesday as the Gophers take on Wisconsin at 7 p.m. It's the final home match of the regular season.
-In the two matches this past weekend, Wittman had 33 kills and hit .386. Recording two double-doubles, she had 29 digs
-Hauer accomplished 12 blocks this weekend, six in each match. Both were career-highs
-Katie Schau had a career-high 27 assists
-The last time Minnesota went 4-0 against Michigan and Michigan State dates back to 2005.
-The 13 blocks were the best conference mark in three sets. On the weekend, Minnesota had 25.5 blocks between the Michigan and Michigan State wins.
First Set: The two teams went through 13 ties and nine lead changes before Minnesota put away the set on a 25-23 first set win. Minnesota used six blocks in the first set to go up, 1-0. Wittman provided a team-best four kills as the Gophers outhit the Spartans .238 to .143. The two teams traded points and leads all the way to the 23-23 mark. Minnesota, however, earned set point on a MSU service error and put away the set on a block from Tapp and Wittman, the Gophers' sixth of the set.
Second Set: Minnesota hit .361 in the second set to go up, 2-0, paced by Santana's seven kills. The Gophers jumped out to a 13-9 lead. MSU took a timeout and responded with two points, but the Gophers would add three of their own on a kill from Santana and Schau, while MSU committed an attack error. Palmer added an ace for an 18-12 lead. The Gophers would go up, 22-16 on kill from Nora and added their 23 rd point on a block from Hauer and Dixon. With a MSU attack error for set point, Santana added win with a kill to go up, 2-0.
Third Set: Michigan State came out of the break with a 25-18 second-set win to trail 2-1. MSU hit .400 to Minnesota's .241 in the set and outblocked the Gophers 3-1. After the two teams were tied, 12-12, MSU would go up, 17-14 on a block from Alexis Mathews. In Kori Moster's serve rotation, the Spartans added five points to take a 21-14 lead. Minnesota attempted the comeback and cut the lead to 22-17 on back-to-back kills by Wittman, but MSU closed out the set on a kill from Allyssah Fitterer for a 25-18 set win.
Fourth Set: Wittman added a six kills in the fourth set as the Gophers came from behind and won it, 27-25. Hauer also helped the Gophers with her four kills in the set, while Dixon provided four blocks. MSU jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the fourth. A MSU block put the Spartans up, 13-6, before Minnesota used its second timeout. Trailing 15-9, Minnesota started the comeback when it had a kill from Santana, a kill from Dixon and a block for a 15-12 deficit. Trailing 20-18, the Gophers fought back and would again get a block from Dixon and Hauer, while MSU committed an attack error. The two teams tied at 22, 23, 24 and at 25. Minnesota moved it to set point with a kill from Hauer, while MSU ended the match with its 26th error of the match.
Santana Looking to Fufill Olympic Dream
Daly Santana and Team Puerto Rico look to qualify for the last team spot at the 2016 Summer Olympics this weekend.
Senior Spotlight: Daly Santana
One of two seniors on the 2015 season, Daly Santana is set to graduate this spring with a youth studies degree.
Senior Spotlight: Toni Alugbue
Toni Alugbue joined the Gopher Volleyball program as a transfer student-athlete in 2015 and this week is receiving her master's degree.