aCharnette Fair had nine kills and eight blocks, and Lindsey Berg served 16 of Minnesota's 45 points as the ninth-ranked Gophers defeated Robert Morris, 15-1, 15-6, 15-2, before 2,424 fans at the Sports Pavilion on Friday night in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Minnesota (29-3) will play Arizona State (18-11) in the second round, a four-game winner over Duke in the first match Friday in Minneapolis.
Minnesota limited the Colonials to a negative hitting percentage in each of the three games and a -.167 hitting percentage for the match. The Gophers hit .323 for the match, including .444 in the third game. Minnesota had a 33-11 advantage in kills, 39-15 in digs and 11-0 in blocks. Berg and Yvonne VanOort each had seven digs to lead the Gophers. The match lasted 53 minutes, the shortest NCAA match in Minnesota history. Fair hit .800 for the match, setting a school record for hitting percentage in an NCAA match. The Gophers have never lost their first match in a NCAA Tournament, improving to 6-0 in school history