The Minnesota volleyball team (14-3, 5-0) won its seventh straight match as it defeated Ohio State (14-5, 2-4) in four sets by scores of 24-26, 25-17, 27-25, 25-22 at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 9.
It was the Golden Gophers 13th straight victory against a Big Ten opponent at the Sports Pavilion.Minnesota was led by junior outside hitter Brook Dieter (Bloomington, Minn.) who tied a career-high with 24 kills, had a career-best four service aces, collected nine digs and tied a season-high with five blocks. With the score at 1-1 in the fourth set, Dieter became the 20th Golden Gopher in school history to collect 1,000 career kills.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) had 17 kills, hit .531 (17-0-32) and collected six blocks. It marked the 12th time this year that Gibbemeyer has hit .400 or higher in a match.
Freshman Tabitha Love (Dauphin, Manitoba) collected nine kills, while sophomore middle blocker Ariana Filho (Monument, Colo.) had eight kills and six blocks. Senior setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) had her highest assist total as a Gopher at 57, and also collected nine digs and four blocks. Senior libero Christine Tan (Safety Harbor, Fla.) had a team-high 14 digs, while Hailey Cowles (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Jessica Granquist (Blaine, Minn.) each had 11 digs.
Minnesota outhit Ohio State .260 to .176, and had 62 kills to 55 for the Buckeyes. The Golden Gophers also outblocked Ohio State 12.5-to-5.0. It marked the 16th match in a row that Minnesota has outblocked its opposition. Both teams also finished with 62 digs, while the Golden Gophers had five service aces to two for Ohio State.
Ohio State jumped out to a 14-9 lead in the first set, but Minnesota responded with four straight points and cut the lead to 14-13 on a kill by Dieter. The Golden Gophers took a 17-16 lead on a kill by Gibbemeyer. Ohio State answered with four of the next five points to take a 20-18 lead.
The Golden Gophers tied the set at 20 on a kill by Love, but Ohio State moved back ahead 22-20. After Minnesota tied it at 22, the Buckeyes score consecutive points to make it set point at 24-22. Dieter answered with consecutive kills to tie the score at 24. Ohio State claimed the next two points to win the set 26-24.
Minnesota outhit Ohio State .163 to .154 in the set, but the Buckeyes had 16 kills to 13 for the Buckeyes. Dieter led the way with six kills and five digs in the set.
The Golden Gophers had a slim 15-14 lead in the second set, before Dieter delivered a kill followed by Gibbemeyer and Carico combining on a block. Dieter followed with a service ace, and after an Ohio State service error Minnesota had expanded its lead to 19-14. With the score at 21-17, Minnesota scored four straight points to close out the second set.
Minnesota outhit Ohio State .429 to .200, and had 15 kills to 10 for the Buckeyes. Dieter collected five kills in the set, while Filho and Gibbemeyer each had four.
The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 14-11 lead on a kill by Filho in the third set. Ohio State rallied to tie the set at 15, and moved it to a tie at 16 as well. Gibbemeyer answered with a kill and the Buckeyes committed an attack error to make it 18-16. After Ohio State tied it at 18, Gibbemeyer delivered a kill and combined on a block with Carico to make it 20-18.
Ohio State tied the set at 23 after a kill by Kelli Barhorst, and made it set point when Barhorst and Anna Szerszen combined on a block to make it 24-23. After a service error by the Buckeyes, Filho made it set point with a kill at 25-24. Ohio State tied the score at 25, but Dieter answered with consecutive kills to give Minnesota the set 27-25.
Minnesota outhit Ohio State .324 to .231, and had 17 kills to 16 for the Buckeyes. Dieter collected eight kills in the set, while Gibbemeyer had five kills and two blocks.
Ohio State jumped out to a 13-11 lead in the fourth set, but Dieter answered with consecutive kills to tie it 13. The Golden Gophers scored four of the next six points to make it 17-15, but the Buckeyes scored the next three points to move ahead 18-17. Minnesota trailed 21-20, but Dieter tied the set with a kill.
After a Buckeye attack error, Dieter delivered a kill and Gibbemeyer and Wilson combined on a block to make it match point at 24-21. Ohio State fought off the first match point, but Gibbemeyer put it away with a kill.
Ohio State was led by Katie Dull who had 22 kills and 13 digs. Barhorst also finished with nine kills and three blocks. Libero Chelsea Noble had a match-high 20 digs, while setter Ashley Hughes finished with 43 assists and six digs.
Minnesota will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 11 when it faces Penn State at 1 p.m. That match can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.