Dieter's 23 Kills Lead Minnesota to Three-Game Victory Over Indiana Freshman Brook Dieter's career-high 23 kills helped lead the Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-11, 7-8) to a three-game victory over Indiana (14-13, 5-10) by scores of 30-22, 30-28, 30-28 at University Gym on Friday, Nov. 9. With the win, Minnesota has no
Freshman Brook Dieter’s career-high 23 kills helped lead the Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-11, 7-8) to a three-game victory over Indiana (14-13, 5-10) by scores of 30-22, 30-28, 30-28 at University Gym on Friday, Nov. 9. With the win, Minnesota has now won two of its last three matches after losing seven straight.
Dieter hit .409 (23-5-44) on the night, and collected a career-best 23 kills, topping her previous mark of 22 against OhioUniversity on Aug. 31. The 23 kills were the most by a Golden Gopher player this year, and the most since Meredith Nelson had 24 kills against MichiganState on Oct. 1, 2006.
Senior middle blocker Jessy Jones (Naperville, Ill.) also hit .429 (13-4-21) with 13 kills and a match-high four blocks. Junior outside hitter Kyla Roehrig (Papillion, Neb.) had 12 kills on the night.
Junior setter Rachel Hartmann (St. Charles, Ill.) had 54 assists, nine digs and two blocks on the night. Christine Tan (Safety Harbor, Fla.) had a match-high 15 digs on the night. Hailey Cowles (Eden Prairie, Minn.) also finished with 11 digs, while Kelly Roysland (Fosston, Minn.) finished with eight.
The Golden Gophers outhit Indiana .300 to .246, and had 60 kills to 51 for the Hoosiers. Minnesota also outdug Indiana 57 to 43, and narrowly outblocked the Hoosiers 6.0-to-5.0.
Minnesota jumped out to an early 11-9 lead in game one, and scored seven of the next points to expand it to 18-11. Indiana cut the Minnesota lead to 20-14, but the Golden Gophers scored four of the next six points and took a 24-16 lead on a Dieter kill. The Hoosiers scored four of the next six points to cut the Minnesota lead to 26-20.
The Golden Gophers pushed the lead out to 29-21, paced by back-to-back kills by Dieter that made it game point. After Indiana fought off the first game point, Hagerty put down a kill to give Minnesota the 1-0 lead in the match.
Minnesota outhit Indiana .463 to .239 in the game, and had 23 kills to 16 for the Hoosiers. Dieter led the way with seven kills, and hit .538 (7-0-13). Gibbemeyer hit .625 (5-0-8) with five kills, while Roehrig hit 1.000 (4-0-4) with four kills.
The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 12-9 lead in game one, before Indiana cut it to 14-12. Minnesota scored five of the next six points due in large part to a pair of kills by Roehrig and Dieter to go up 18-13. Minnesota expanded the lead to 21-14 with three of the next four points.
Indiana quickly responded with seven of the next eight points to cut the Golden Gophers’ lead to 22-21. Gibbemeyer and Hartmann combined on a block to end the Hoosier’s momentum. Minnesota scored the next two points, and went up 25-21 on a Roehrig kill. Indiana struck back with three straight points to cut the Minnesota lead to 25-24. The Golden Gophers scored the next two points, and took a 27-24 lead on a Jones solo block.
Minnesota moved it to game point at 29-26 on a Dieter kill. Indiana fought off a pair of game points to make it 29-28 to force a Golden Gopher timeout. Out of the timeout Gibbemeyer received the serve, and Cowles set Dieter for a kill to give Minnesota game two 30-28.
The Golden Gophers narrowly outhit the Hoosiers .250 to .224, as each team had 18 kills. Dieter led Minnesota with eight kills, while Roehrig had six in the game.
Minnesota jumped out to an 11-8 lead, before Indiana scored three of the next four points to cut it to 12-11. Jones followed with back-to-back kills to put the Golden Gophers up 14-11. Indiana scored three of the next four points to cut the lead down to 15-14. Minnesota went ahead 16-14, but the Hoosiers scored the next two points to tie the game at 16.
With the score tied at 17, Minnesota scored five of the next six points and took a 22-18 lead when Vatterrodt and Jones combined on a block. The Golden Gophers took a 24-20 lead, before Indiana scored four of the next five points to cut the lead to 25-24. Dieter answered with a kill to make it 26-24. After the Hoosiers cut it to 26-25, Dieter followed with another kill and Jones and Hartmann combined on a block to push the lead to 28-25.
Indiana scored the next two points to cut the lead to 28-27, but Jones delivered a kill to make it match point at 29-27. The Hoosiers' Ashley Benson answered with kill to fight off the first match point. Jones responded with another kill to give Minnesota the three-game victory.
Minnesota’s victory was its first road Big Ten win since it won in five games at OhioState on Oct. 5.
The Hoosiers were led by Kelsey Hall who has 13 kills and six digs. Erica Shorts finished with 10 kills, while Juli Pierce had 14 digs. Setter Mara Hilgenberg had 46 assists, seven digs and two kills on the night.
Minnesota will be back in action when it travels to Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 10 at (CT). That match can be heard live on gophersports.com.