PavCassie Busse had 11 kills to lead a balanced attack as 14th-ranked Minnesota swept Marquette, 30-13, 30-21, 30-16, on Wednesday night at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers improve to 3-1, while Marquette falls to 2-2.
The Gophers committed only eight hitting errors in the match and hit .477 as a team, while Marquette had 23 hitting errors and hit .000 for the night. Minnesota has substanial advantages in kills (50-23), service aces (13-2) and team blocks (8-0). The 13 Minnesota service aces tied a Gopher record in the Sports Pavilion. Busse hit .556 with only one hitting error. Kathy Tilson had an all-around night with nine kills, six digs, four aces and three blocks. Erin Lorenzen had nine kills without an error and hit .643 in the match. Lindsey Berg had 38 assists, three service aces and led Minnesota with 11 digs.
Minnesota scored the first six points of the match and were never threatened in the 30-13 first game win. The Gophers hit .708 with one error in the opening stanza, compared to Marquette's -.043. Marquette took the lead early in the second game, increasing it to 11-8 at its highest point. The teams traded points against serve before Minnesota went on a 13-3 run, capped by six straight points, and took a 24-17 lead. Minnesota scored 12 of the final 13 points on serve in the second game. The Gophers scored the first four points of the third game and increased the margin to 13-4 in crusing to a 30-16 win. The match took just 68 minutes, the Gophers' shortest match of the season.
The Gophers head to San Diego for the University of San Diego Invitational, beginning Friday. Minnesota will play San Jose State at 2 p.m. (Central time).