1The No. 1 ranked Minnesota volleyball team (13-2, 2-1) had its 12- match winning streak snapped at No. 16 Ohio State (13-0, 3-0) in four games by scores of 30-24, 30-23, 18-30, 30-24 on Friday, Oct. 1 at St. John Arena. The loss was Minnesota's first in six matches playing as the No. 1 team in the nation.
Ohio State was led in large part by Stacey Gordon whose 36 kills were the most in a four-game match by a Golden Gophers' opponent in a rally-scoring match.
Erin Martin (Ames, Iowa) led Minnesota's attack with 19 kills on the night. Trisha Bratford (Reseda, Calif.) and Kelly Bowman (Maple Grove, Minn.) had 14 and 12 kills respectively. Paula Gentil (Forteleaza Ceara', Brazil) finished with a match-high 24 digs, while Lisa Reinhart (White Bear Lake, Minn.) had 12 on the night.
In game two Martin recorded her 1,400th career kills, becoming only the eighth player in school history to do so.
Ohio State jumped out to an early 8-7 lead in game one. The Buckeyes scored the next three points to extend the lead to 11-7. Minnesota answered with the next two points to cut the lead to 11-9. Ohio State maintained that lead a 16-14. The Buckeyes rattled off three straight points to extend the lead to 19-14. The Golden Gophers came right back with three straight points of their own to make it 19-17, and force an Ohio State timeout. The Buckeyes held onto the lead at 22- 20, before scoring three straight points to push the lead back out to five points at 25-20. Ohio State pushed its lead to 27-21, before claiming game one 30-24.
The Buckeyes outhit Minnesota .313 to .205 in the game, and had 21 kills to 14 for the Golden Gophers. Martin and Bowman paced Minnesota with four kills apiece, while Gentil had 11 digs. It was Gentil's fourth straight game with double-figure kills, dating back to the three-game match against Michigan on Sept. 25. Ohio State's Stacey Gordon had 10 kills in the first game.
The game one loss snapped a streak of 17 straight games won by Minnesota heading into the match.
Ohio State jumped out to a 6-0 lead in game two, but Minnesota answered with nine of the 12 points to tie the game at nine. The Buckeyes came right back with nine of the 12 points to push the lead back to six at 18-12. The Golden Gophers answered with three straight points to bring the lead back down to 18-15. Ohio State responded with six of the next eight points to take its biggest lead of the match 24-17. The Buckeyes extended their lead to a game-high eight points at 28-20, and moved on to take a 2-0 lead in the match by claiming game two 30-23.
The Buckeyes outhit Minnesota .286 to .156 in game two. Ohio State also outblocked the Golden Gophers 4.0-to-2.0 in the game, and tallied four service aces.
Minnesota jumped out to an early 6-4, and extended the lead to 14-7 with an 8-1 run. Ohio State scored the next two points to cut it to 15-9, but the Golden Gophers ran off five of the next six points to claim at 10-point lead at 20-10. Ohio State cut the lead to 22-13, but Trisha Bratford (Reseda, Calif.) halted any momentum with a kill to put Minnesota ahead 23-13. The Golden Gophers would not lead by any less then 10 the rest of the way as they moved to a 30-18 game three-victory.
The Golden Gophers outhit Ohio State .500 to .118 in game three, and had 18 kills to 13 for the Buckeyes. Martin had six kills in the game, while Bratford hit 1.000 (5-0-5) with five kills in five swings.
Ohio State jumped out to a 12-5 lead in game four. Minnesota scored three of the next four points to cut it down to 13-9, the Buckeyes ran off the next two points to go up 15-9. The Golden Gophers scored answered with the next two points to bring the lead back to four points at 15-11. Ohio State moved back ahead 18-13, but Minnesota scored the next four points to cut the lead to one at 18-17. The two teams exchanged points to make it 19-18, before the Buckeyes rattled off three points in a row to go up 22-18. Ohio State pushed the lead to 25-20, before Minnesota ran off three straight points to cut the lead to 25-23. The Buckeyes came right back with three straight points to push the lead back to five points at 28-23. Minnesota cut it to 28-24, but Ohio State scored the last two points to close out the match.
Ohio State had 73 kills to Minnesota's 60 on the night. The Golden Gophers did narrowly outhit the Buckeyes .284 to .281, but gave up a season-high nine service aces. On the night Minnesota only had one service ace. The Golden Gophers were also outdug for the first time this season 61 to 52 by Ohio State.
Along with 36 kills on the night, Gordon also had 12 digs and two service aces for the Buckeyes. Ami Stevens also had 14 kills and 14 digs for Ohio State, while the setter Marisa Main had 65 assists and seven digs.
Minnesota will continue its two-match road trip as it heads to No. 4 Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. That match will be webcast on gophersports.com.