Minnesota Volleyball Defeats No. 12 San Diego in Four Games
The Minnesota volleyball team (2-2) defeated No. 12 San Diego (2-3) in four games by scores of 28-30, 30-23, 30-24, 31-29 on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota finished the tournament 1-2, while San Diego was 0-3.
Stanford defeated Ohio University for the Diet Coke Classic Championship by scores of 30-15, 30-25, 30-23. The Bobcats finished second in the tournament at 2-1.
Senior middle blocker Jessy Jones (Naperville, Ill.) and freshman outside hitter Brook Dieter (Bloomington, Minn.) were named to the All-Tournament Team. Stanford’s Cynthia Barboza was named the tournament’s MVP, while Alix Klineman (Stanford), Foluke Akinradewo (Stanford), Ellen Herman (Ohio University) and Stephanie Blackburn (Ohio University) rounded out the All-Tournament team.
“I thought we did good job of closing out the fourth game,” said Minnesota Head Coach Mike Hebert. “San Diego was charging hard and Kelly (Roysland) made a nice play to keep a rally alive and Jessy ended up getting the kill. I thought that was the turning point late in the match. I thought we did a good job of bouncing back from two tough matches in the first two days of the tournament, and put forth a very good effort tonight. It was good to end the tournament on a winning note. We schedule these type of matches to challenge our team early in the season to be ready later in the year. I think these matches definitely served that purpose.”
The Golden Gophers shook off their first game-one loss of the year, to come back and win the next three games.
Minnesota was led by freshman Brook Dieter (Bloomington, Minn.) who hit .370 (20-4-43) with 20 kills, 13 digs, two service aces and two blocks. It was the second time in her first two career matches that she had 20 kills, and it was her fourth double-double in as many matches.
Junior outside hitter Kyla Roehrig (Papillion, Neb.) had 18 kills and five blocks (three solo blocks). Senior middle blocker Jessy Jones (Naperville, Ill.) finished with 14 kills and a match-high seven blocks. Freshman middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) had a career-high 12 kills, four blocks and two service aces in the match.
Minnesota junior setter Rachel Hartmann (St. Charles, Ill.) finished with 56 assists, five blocks, eight digs and four kills. Christine Tan (Safety Harbor, Fla.) tied a career-high with four service aces and had 12 digs. Senior Kelly Roysland (Fosston, Minn.) had a career-high 15 digs to go along with six assists. Freshman defensive specialist Hailey Cowles (Eden Prairie, Minn.) also finished with 10 digs and two service aces.
The Golden Gophers outhit San Diego .243 to .156 on the night, and had 69 kills to 64 for the Toreros. Minnesota also outblocked San Diego 16.0-to-6.0. For the tournament, the Golden Gophers outblocked their opponents 50.0-to-21.5. Minnesota averaged 3.85 blpg in three tournament games against ranked opposition.
After splitting the first two games, Minnesota jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the third game. San Diego cut the Golden Gopher lead down to 15-11, but Dieter responded with a backrow kill and Tan followed with a service ace to make it 17-11. The Toreros cut it to 17-13, but Minnesota responded with three straight points and went up 20-13 on a Gibbemeyer kill.
San Diego cut the lead down to 23-18, but Dieter answered with another kill to make it 24-18. The teams exchanged the next six points to make it 27-21. After the timeout, the Toreros scored consecutive points to make it 27-23. Dieter followed with a kill to make it 28-23. Gibbemeyer made it game point when she delivered a backrow kill on the next play. San Diego fought off the first game point, but Dieter put down a kill to give Minnesota the third game and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Minnesota outhit San Diego .306 to .152 in the game, and outblocked the Toreros 4.0-to-1.0. Dieter had 10 of Minnesota’s 15 kills in the third game.
San Diego ran out to a 9-6 lead in game four, but Gibbemeyer quickly answered with a kill and then combined on a block with Hartmann to cut it to a one-point lead. The Toreros moved ahead 10-8, but Gibbemeyer followed with a kill and a service ace to tie it at 10. The teams exchanged the next four points to tie the game at 12.
The Toreros moved ahead 13-12, but Roehrig tied at 13 with a kill. After a San Diego error, Tan delivered a service ace and Roehrig delivered a kill to give the Golden Gophers a 16-13 lead to force a Torero timeout. Minnesota closed out the 5-0 run to take a 17-13 lead after a San Diego attack error. Following a San Diego point, Roehrig delivered a kill. The Golden Gophers moved ahead 19-14 on a Torero error.
San Diego responded with three of the next four points to cut the Minnesota lead to 20-17. Hartmann delivered a kill to make it 21-17, but the Toreros responded with five of the next six points to the tie game at 22 to force a Golden Gopher timeout. Out of the timeout, Dieter put Minnesota back up 23-22 with a kill. Roehrig followed with a kill set up by a couple of great digs by Dieter and Tan to keep the rally alive.
The Toreros cut it to 24-23, but Roehrig answered again with a kill to make it 25-23. After San Diego cut it back to 25-24, Gibbemeyer delivered a kill to make it 26-24. The Toreros answered with consecutive points to tie the game at 26. Roehrig put Minnesota back ahead 27-26 on a kill off a pass from Tan. San Diego answered to tie it at 27. Dieter and Jones followed with back-to-back kills to give Minnesota match point at 29-27.
San Diego responded with consecutive points to tie the game at 29. On the next play, Roysland made a great diving play to keep the rally alive, and Jones turned it into a kill to make it match point at 30-29. Kelly Schmidt (Champaign, Ill.) and Jones combined on a block to give the Golden Gophers the four-game victory.
Minnesota narrowly outhit San Diego .173 to .154 in the game, despite having 22 kills to 13 for the Toreros. Roehrig had seven kills, while Jones had six in the game. Gibbemeyer also had five in the game.
San Diego ran out to an early 14-9 lead over Minnesota to start the match. The Golden Gophers answered with four of the next five points cut the Toreros’ lead to 15-13. San Diego responded with four of the next five points move ahead 19-14 to force a Minnesota timeout.
The Golden Gophers scored the next two points, and cut the lead to 19-16 on a Rachelle Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) kill. San Diego answered with five of the next seven points to move ahead 24-18. Gibbemeyer and Dieter answered with back-to-back kills to cut the Torero lead to 24-20. San Diego scored two of the next three points to make 26-21, but Jones delivered a kill and Dieter came up with a service ace to cut the lead to 26-23 to force a Torero timeout.
Out of the timeout, San Diego scored three of the next four points to force game point at 29-24. Gibbemeyer fought off the first game point with a kill, and the Toreros committed an error to make it 29-26. Roehrig followed with a solo block to move the score to 29-27. Gibbemeyer rattled off a kill for Minnesota’s fourth point in a row to make it 29-28. San Diego scored the next point to put away game one and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In game two, Minnesota ran out to a 15-9 lead, before San Diego responded with four of the next five points to cut it to 16-13. Jones halted the Toreros’ momentum with a kill to make it 17-13. The Golden Gophers scored three of the next four points to move ahead 21-14. After back-to-back Torero points, Minnesota answered with consecutive points of its own and went up 23-16 on a kill by Hartmann. San Diego immediately answered with four straight points to cut the Golden Gopher lead to 23-20 to force a Minnesota timeout.
Out of the timeout, Roehrig and Dieter had back-to-back kills to push the Golden Gophers ahead 25-20. San Diego cut the Minnesota lead to 25-21, but Dieter answered with a solo block and after a Torero error the Golden Gophers went up 27-21 to force a San Diego timeout.
After the timeout, the two teams exchanged points and Minnesota moved ahead 28-22 after a Torero service error. Dieter and Jones combined on a block to make it game point at 29-22. San Diego fought off the first game point, but Dieter put away the game with a kill.
Minnesota outhit San Diego .333 to .085, and outblocked the Toreros 5.0-to-1.0 in the game. Dieter and Roehrig led the Golden Gophers five kills apiece in game two.
San Diego outhit Minnesota .229 to .190, and had 19 kills to Minnesota’s 16. Jones led the way in the game hitting .714 (5-0-7) with five kills.
The Toreros were led by Jaimarie Sutherland who had 20 kills and five digs. Amy DeGroot had 13 kills and nine digs, while Laurel Abrahamson finished with 10 kills and two blocks. Andrea Czaszi had a match-high 22 digs.
Minnesota will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 7 when it faces Eastern Kentucky at the California Tournament on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The Golden Gophers will also face Utah State on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. (CT) and No. 11 California on Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. (CT). All three matches will be webcast on gophersports.com.