Sept. 24, 2012
Katherine Harms was named Big Ten Player of the Week, while Alexandra Palmer was named co-Big Ten Setter of the Week, announced today by the conference office. This is the second weekly honor for Harms and the first for Palmer. In the 2012 season, Minnesota has now had four weekly conference accolades.
Harms, a right-side hitter from Albertville, Minn., had a match-high 17 kills in the Gopher Big Ten opener against No. 20 Illinois. In 30 swings, she hit .400 against the Illini and had a team-high eight digs. As Minnesota defeated Illinois in straight sets, Harms also had an ace and two block assists. In the Northwestern match, Harms had 19 kills, including eight in the four and deciding set for the Gophers. Also hitting .400 in the set, Harms had four block assists, three of which came in the fourth set. On the weekend, Harms paced the Gophers with 36 kills to average 5.14 kills per set and hit .400. She also had 16 digs and six total blocks.
Palmer, a junior setter from Laguna Beach, Calif., paced the Gophers to over a .300 hitting percentage on the weekend when she had match highs in both Big Ten contests this weekend. Against No. 20 Illinois, Palmer helped the Gophers to a .375 team hitting percentage when she added a match-high 44 assists. Against Northwestern, she aided the Gophers to a .304 hitting percentage after Minnesota hit .111 in the first set against the Wildcats. On the weekend, Palmer had 98 assists and nine digs. Palmer shares the weekly award with Penn State's Micha Hancock.
The Golden Gophers host Ohio State and Penn State this weekend. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.
Gophers Beat Ohio State in Five-Set Thriller
Minnesota ended its regular home season in a five-set win over Ohio State, 25-27, 29-31, 25-17, 25-15, 15-9. The Gophers are now 25-4 overall and 17-2 in the Big Ten.
Gophers Close Out Regular Season This Week
Minnesota hosts No. 16 Ohio State Wednesday and travels to Indiana Saturday to close out regular season.
Gophers Third in RPI, Fourth in AVCA Poll
The Golden Gophers are ranked No. 3 in the final NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).