No. 11 Minnesota Falls to No. 20 Michigan in Three Sets


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The 11th-ranked Minnesota volleyball team (18-4, 8-2) lost in three sets to No. 20 Michigan (18-4, 6-4) by scores of 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 at Cliff Keen Arena on Saturday, Oct. 25. It was only the second road loss for the Golden Gophers this season.

Brook Dieter (Bloomington, Minn.) led the way for Minnesota as she tied a season-high 19 kills, had seven digs and collected four blocks. Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) had six kills, four digs, two assists and two blocks.

Christine Tan (Safety Harbor, Fla.) had 11 digs and a service ace, while Hailey Cowles (Eden Prairie, Minn.) had four kills and nine digs. Rachel Hartmann (St. Charles, Ill.) had 31 assists, four digs and two blocks, while Jessica Granquist (Blaine, Minn.) had six digs in the match.

Michigan outhit Minnesota .181 to .155, and had 39 kills to 36 for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota outblocked the Wolverines 8.0-to-4.0 on the night. It was the 21st time in 22 matches that the Golden Gophers outblocked their opponent. Michigan had six service aces, which was the most by a Minnesota opponent this season.

The Wolverines ran out to a 7-4 lead in the first set, and pushed it to 10-7 as the teams split the next six points. Michigan scored seven of the next nine points to take a 17-9 lead. Minnesota answered with three of the next four points and cut the lead to 18-12 on a kill by Schmidt.

Michigan took a 20-13 lead, but the Golden Gophers responded with back-to-back points and cut the lead to 20-15 on a kill by Luiz. The Wolverines pushed it to set point at 24-18, but the Golden Gophers fought off three straight set points to make it 24-21 when Dieter had a pair of kills and Hartmann and Schmidt combined on a block. Michigan finally claimed the first set on a Golden Gopher attack error.

Minnesota outhit Michigan .200 to .184 in the set, and had 14 kills to 12 for the Wolverines. However, the big different was in the service game where the Wolverines had three service aces and only two errors, while the Golden Gophers had no service aces and four service errors. Dieter led Minnesota with seven kills in the set.

Michigan ran out to a 7-3 lead in the second set, but Minnesota scored five of the next seven points and cut it to 9-8 on a solo block by Dieter. With the score at 10-9, the Wolverines rattled off 10 of the next 13 points to take a 20-12 lead. Minnesota fought back when Schmidt and Cowles sandwiched kills around a service ace by Tan to make it 20-15.

The Wolverines moved ahead 22-15, but the Golden Gophers scored three of the next four points and cut the lead to 23-18 on a kill by Cowles. Michigan moved it to set point at 24-18, but Gibbemeyer answered with a kill and the Wolverines followed with an attack error. Schmidt and Dieter combined on a block to make it 24-21, but after a Wolverine timeout Minnesota committed a service error to give Michigan a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Wolverines outhit the Golden Gophers .119 to .088, and had 12 kills to nine for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers did outbock Michigan 3.0-to-0.0 in the set. Dieter led Minnesota with three kills and three blocks in the set.

Minnesota raced out to a 7-3 lead in the third set, and pushed the lead out to 13-8. Michigan responded with six of the next seven points to tie the set at 14. Cowles answered with a kill and Katie Vatterrodt (Bloomington, Ill.) and Gibbemeyer combined on a block to give the Golden Gophers a 16-14 lead. The Wolverines responded with three straight points to take their first lead of the third set at 17-16.

Michigan pushed the lead out to a four points at 23-19. The Golden Gophers cut the lead to 24-21 on a Dieter kill, but the Wolverines scored the next point to win all three sets by a score of 25-21 on the night.

The Wolverines were led by Juliana Paz who had 16 kills and five digs, while Beth Karpiak had 10 kills and two blocks. Sloane Donhoff finished with a match-high 17 digs, while Lexi Zimmerman had seven kills, nine digs and 31 assists.

Minnesota will be back in action when it travels to No. 1 Penn State on Friday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. (CT). The Golden Gophers will also face Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. (CT).

Article courtesy of Minnesota athletics.

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