MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 12 University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated the Northwestern Wildcats in three sets, 25-20, 25-10, 25-14, on Wednesday evening.
“To be in control for big chunks of the match the way we were was impressive,” said head coach Hugh McCutcheon. “They made an early run but we were able to weather the storm and string together some nice play tonight. It’s always great to come away with a win.”
The Golden Gophers (10-5, 5-2 Big Ten) were led by redshirt senior opposite Stephanie Samedy, who registered 10 kills, 12 digs and four blocks. Airi Miyabe had a team-high 11 kills while Shea Rubright had five kills and six blocks for the maroon and gold.
As a team, Minnesota hit .318 with 38 kills, four aces, 43 digs and 11 blocks. Northwestern (7-11, 2-5 Big Ten) hit .070 with 29 kills, one ace, 32 digs and six blocks. Temi Thomas-Ailara led Northwestern with 11 kills.
Set 1: Minnesota and Northwestern split the first six points of the match before a 4-0 Gophers run brought their lead to 7-3 and forced the visitors into a timeout. Wenaas had three kills while Miyabe tallied a pair in the first seven points of the set. A kill by Samedy and two from Rubright put the ‘U’ on a 3-1 run to take a 10-4 lead before the Wildcats went on a 5-2 run to cut the score to 12-9. A kill from Miyabe and a dual block from Rubright and Samedy sparked a 5-3 Gophers run to put them up 17-12 and force another NU timeout. Minnesota kept Northwestern at arms length the rest of the set, allowing them to get no closer than four at 21-17. The Gophers went on to win the first set, 25-20, and hitting .394. Miyabe and Wenaas led the team with five kills each while Samedy had three kills, five digs and three blocks.
Set 2: Northwestern scored four of the six points in set two before a 5-0 Gophers run led to a Wildcats timeout. A kill from Samedy and two block assists from Rubright sparked the run to get the home team going. The Gophers accelerated in the middle of the set, scoring five of the next seven points to go up 13-6 and force another timeout from the visitors. A kill and an ace from Samedy and kills from Myers and Shaffmaster spearheaded the run as the ‘U’ took its largest lead of either set. Minnesota kept up the pressure after the second timeout and never let up, ending the set on a 12-3 run…
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