in The Minnesota volleyball team (1-1) fell to Stanford (2-0) 3-1 by scores of 30-21, 24-30, 30-27 and 30-21 in the State Farm Women's Volleyball Classic on Saturday, August 24.
The first game was very tight at the beginning with six ties and five lead changes. With the score tied at 14, the Cardinal scored four points in a row to pull ahead 18-14. Stanford pulled away with the score at 24-20 by scoring six of the last seven points to win game one 30- 21.
Minnesota battled back in the second game. With the score tied at eight, the Golden Gophers scored 11 of the next 14 points to go up 19- 11. Minnesota extended the lead to 24-13, and went on to win 30-24 to even the games at one apiece.
In the third game Stanford held the lead for most of the game. With the Cardinal leading 22-20, Minnesota scored four straight points to go up 24-22. The Golden Gophers led 27-26, but that was the last point they would get as Stanford closed out the game with four straight points to go up two games to one. In the third game Stanford jumped out to an early 15-9 lead, and did not trail the rest of the way to win the clinching game 30-21.
Minnesota was led by junior outside hitter Cassie Bussie (Prior Lake, Minn.) who had 16 kills, six digs and for a second straight night tied a career-high with four service aces. Freshman libero Pau la Gentil (Fortaleza Cera, Brazil) had the third most digs in a State Farm Tournament match with 23 on the night. Sophomore setter Lindsey Vander Well (Prinsburg, Minn.) had 37 assists and 14 digs for the match.
Stanford had four players in double figure kills led by Oganna Nnamani who had 19 kills and 17 digs. Sara McGee had 17 kills and nine blocks, while Logan Tom had 13 kills, nine digs and six blocks.
In the Consolation Match No. 14 Northern Iowa (1-1)defeated No. 8 Pepperdine (0-2) in five games by scores of 21-30, 30-21, 30-22, 30- 23, 15-13. The Panthers were led by Molly O'Brien who had 17 kills and 11 digs. Kim Kester also had 11 kills and the fourth most digs in a State Farm match with 22.
For Pepperdine Katie Wilkins had the third highest kill total in State Farm history with 29, and the second most attacks with 75. Breegan Mulligan also had 18 kills and 12 digs for the Waves.
Pepperdine led two games to one, but Northern Iowa won game four 30- 23 to even it up two games apiece. In the fifth game, the score was tied at 12 before the Panthers scored three of the last four points to claim the victory.
Bussie, Vander Well and Gentil each were named to the State Farm All- Tournament Team. For Stanford Tom was the MVP, and McGee and Nnamani were named to the team. Northern Iowa's Molly O'Brien rounded out the All- Tournament team.
Minnesota will play next on Friday August 30 at 11:30 a.m. against NC State in the first of four matches at the Florida Atlantic Tournament in Boca, Raton, Fla.
State Farm All-Tournament Team MVP - Logan Tom, Stanford Cassie Busse, Minnesota Paula Gentil, Minnesota Sara McGee, Stanford Oganna Nnamani, Stanford Molly O'Brien, Northern Iowa Lindsey Vander Well - Minnesota