Gophers End Big Ten Season with Sweep Over Indiana
Nov. 24, 2012
The No. 11 University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated Indiana, 3-0, tonight in Bloomington, Ind. With the win, the Golden Gophers end the Big Ten Conference season with a 15-5 mark, which ties them for second in the league.
The Gophers were led by Katherine Harms, who tied a match-high 16 kills and recorded a double double with 11 digs. Tori Dixon hit .750 in the contest when she contributed 12 kills, no errors and 16 attempts. Dixon also had three aces, including one in the third set. As a team, Minnesota hit .354 to Indiana's .258. Minnesota used an 11-1 run in the third set to come back and win it, 25-22 and the match sweep.
The Golden Gophers hit .433 to Indiana’s .250 en route to a 25-22 first-set win. Minnesota had 15 kills in 30 swings and had two blocks to Indiana’s one. The Maroon and Gold had five kills from both Dixon and Harms in the set. Minnesota and Indiana only tied once in the set at 1-1 until Minnesota opened the contest with a 7-1 run to pace the first-set win. Dixon put the Gophers up, 10-5 on an ace, while Harms added a kill to go up, 15-10. As Indiana closed the Gopher deficit to 20-18 on a Jordan Haverly ace, Minnesota would later finish the set on a kill from Harms, her fifth of the set.
On her third kill, Harms established her 1,000th career kill. As a rookie, she posted 85 kills in 68 games played. In 2010, she jumped to 165 kills to average 1.72. As a junior last year, Harms had 305 kills and has already produced 458 this season. She is the second Gopher to do so this year as Ashley Wittman established her 1,000th mark in the non-conference schedule.
Minnesota continued to hit an impressive .406 in the second set and erased an early Indiana lead for a 25-20 set win. The Hoosiers used a kill from Jade Henderson to go up, 11-7. However, Minnesota would tie up the set at 13 on a kill from Mia Tabberson. Indiana would get three-straight points for a 16-13 lead, but again, Minnesota would come back on a Palmer ace and then took the lead on an Indiana bad set at 17-16. With that point, Minnesota would hold the lead for the remainder of the set. On Palmer’s serve rotation, the Gophers would get six points, including a block by Harms and Dana Knudsen. The Gophers would close out the set on a kill from Dixon to go up, 2-0.
After the Hoosiers held a 20-12 lead, Minnesota finished the third set on an 11-1 run to take the match in three. After the two teams were tied 8-8, Indiana’s Haverly would use her serving rotation to rattle off six points for a 15-8 lead. Haverly would provide a kill to put the set at 18-10, while Kelci Marschall put the Hoosiers up eight at 20-12. Minnesota would start the comeback on a kill from Harms. After a kill from Haverly,Wittman also added a kill. On Dixon’s serve rotation, Minnesota would produce nine-straight points. After a kill by Knudsen, an Indiana attack error and a kill by Wittman, the Hoosiers called a timeout with a 21-17 lead. The Gophers, however, would continue the run after the timeout with an Indiana attack error, a kill from Knudsen and a Dixon ace. The Gophers would have another kill from Wittman and back-to-back Indiana attack errors before Haverly would stop the run on a kill. She, however, had a service error to put it at match point, while Harms finished the match with her 16th kill of the night.
Minnesota will await the second season as the NCAA selection show will be televised on ESPNU, tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT. The Gophers entered this weekend with a seventh-place RPI ranking, which assists the NCAA in selection process. The 64-field team will be announced at that time.