Aug. 1, 2012
Gopher alum Lindsey Berg and future Gopher head coach Hugh McCutcheon helped the United States Olympic team to 3-0 record in Pool B play today with a three-set win over China. In a thrilling three-set match at Earls Court in London, Team USA won, 26-24, 25-16 and 31-29 to go as the only Pool B undefeated team.
Team USA trailed 20-23 in the first set, only to go on a 6-2 run and win, 26-24. USA dominated the second set in a convincing 25-16 win. After trailing 11-7 in the second set, USA went on a 12-2 swing and produced 18 of the final 23 points to win the set, 25-16. Another rally was in affect in the third set as Berg and Team USA was down 21-23. However, after battling back and winning on their sixth match point, the United States closed out the match with a 31-29 win. The win was Team USA's fourth-straight win against China. Berg had 45 running sets and 91 total attempts as US had a 47.1 kill percent and .336 hitting efficiency (56-16-119).
With the win, the United States solidified its spot in the quarterfinals. They now play Serbia on Aug. 3 and Turkey, Aug. 5, both scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT) starts.
The preliminary round consists of a six-team round robin played every other day. The top four teams in each of the two pools advance to the Aug. 7 quarterfinals with the pool winner facing the crossover fourth-place team. The second- and third-place teams drawn into quarterfinal lots against the opposite pool. The semifinal round takes place on Aug. 9, followed by the medal round on Aug. 11.
Bill Kauffman/USA Volleyball contributed to release
Gophers earn No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament
Minnesota will host the first and second rounds at the Sports Pavilion, hosting Jackson State, UNI and Marquette.
Gopher Volleyball Wins Big Ten Title
Minnesota wins its first Big Ten Conference championship title since 2002 and went 18-2 in league action.
Game Day Live: Gophers at Indiana
Follow the Gophers as they close out the Big Ten Conference season against Indiana, tonight at 6 p.m. CT.