Gophers Take Care of Business, Sweep Michigan –

by | Nov 4, 2022 | Business

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers volleyball team defeated the Michigan Wolverines in three sets, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22.Taylor Landfair led Minnesota with 20 kills while Carter Booth tallied 11 kills with four blocks. CC McGraw paced the backcourt with 17 digs.As a team, Minnesota (14-7, 9-4 Big Ten) hit .310 with 46 kills, five team blocks, 49 digs and two aces. Michigan (14-9, 5-8 Big Ten) hit .200 with 42 kills, three team blocks, 46 digs and five aces.May Pertofsky led Michigan with 10 kills.Set Breakdown:
Set 1: The two teams were neck and neck through the first 18 points before two aces and a kill put the Wolverines up 12-9. The Gophers would answer with a 6-1 run to head into the media timeout with a 15-13 lead. Kills from Carter Booth and Melani Shaffmaster in addition to a pair of blocks by Booth aided Minnesota in the spurt. The ‘U’ kept its strong play going after the media break, scoring four of the next five to go up 19-14. A kill from Taylor Landfair and two more from Booth gave the home team its set-high lead. The Wolverines would get no closer than three the rest of the way as Minnesota took set one, 25-21. Landfair had seven kills, Booth had four and Jenna Wenaas had three.Set 2: Michigan and Minnesota split the first eight points before a 5-1 Gophers run put the home team up 9-5. Melani Shaffmaster tallied an ace while Landfair had a kill in the run. Michigan sliced the lead in half to 9-7 before a block from Arica Davis and Landfair and a kill from Lauren Crowl put the ‘U’ up 12-7, forcing a Michigan timeout. Kills from Davis and Crowl helped the Gophers go up seven at 15-8 before the Wolverines made a comeback. Michigan would go on an 8-1 run, slicing the Minnesota lead to one point at 17-16. They got a pair of aces, a trio of kills and a couple Minnesota error …

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