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Minnesota Athletics | November 27, 2016

No. 2 Minnesota drops No. 3 Wisconsin in five sets

  Minnesota's win over Wisconsin marked the fourth-straight five set win for the Gophers.

The No. 2 ranked University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated No. 3 ranked Wisconsin in five sets on Saturday night, 22-25, 25-17, 11-25, 25-17, 15-8. The Gophers finished the regular season 25-4, 17-3, and remained undefeated at home for the second-straight regular season.

The win over Wisconsin marked the fourth-straight five set win for the Gophers. Minnesota defeated all ranked opponents, Michigan State, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin in five sets. 

As a team, Minnesota had 64 kills, 81 digs and nine blocks. Sarah Wilhite earned a double-double with 23 kills and 19 digs. Samantha Seliger-Swenson also earned a double-double with 51 assists and 16 digs. Paige Tapp earned a career-high 21 kills, hitting .594. P Tapp had 14 kills alone in the first two sets, while Wilhite went 17-0-27 in the last two sets and 7-0-9 in the fifth set. 

Molly Lohman added a match-high eight blocks with four kills. Hannah Tapp established three kills and three blocks. Dalianliz Rosado had 17 digs, Katie Schau had eight, and Alyssa Goehner had five. 

Minnesota will see what lies ahead in the post season following the NCAA Selection Show this Sunday on ESPNU at 8 p.m. CT. 

Set 1: Wisconsin outhit the Gophers .279 to .103 to take a 1-0 lead. After the two teams tied at 9-9, Wisconsin pulled ahead 12-9 as the Gophers called their first timeout of the set. After the break, Wisconsin added to its lead at 13-9, but committed its fourth service error of the set to give the Gophers a sideout. After an ace by Wilhite and back-to-back kills from P Tapp, the Gophers tied the set at 13-13. Minnesota later took a 15-14 narrow lead on a H Tapp/Lohman block, which forced Wisconsin to call a timeout. The Badgers came out of the break and went on a 4-1 run and a 19-16 lead. The Gophers called a timeout and responded with a Hart kill and a sideout. Wisconsin built a 23-19 lead before P Tapp added two kills to cut the deficit to 23-21 as the Badgers used their second timeout. Another P Tapp kill put the Gophers within one, but the Badgers closed out the set with a 25-22 win. 

Set 2: Minnesota evened the match with a 25-17 second set win. As a team, the Gophers hit .294 to Wisconsin's .125 and added two blocks. The Gophers also added a 77 percent sideout mark. The two teams traded points and leads until the Gophers took an 18-16 lead, as the Badgers called a timeout. After a Badger point, Minnesota went on a 7-1 run and won the set, 25-17. The Gophers went up, 21-17, after a P Tapp kill, and forced Wisconsin to call a timeout. Minnesota, however, had two kills by Hart, followed by another P Tapp kill for set point. The Gophers closed out the set on a Wisconsin attack error to tie the match, 1-1.  

Set 3: The Badgers went up, 2-1 off a 25-11 set win after hitting .444 in the set to Minnesota's .062. Wisconsin jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set as the Gophers called its first timeout. The Badgers, added on the pressure and went up 11-5 as the Gophers burned its second timeout of the set. Wisconsin, however, built an 11-point lead at 19-8 that the Gophers could not recover. After a P Tapp put the Gophers within 10 at 19-9, Wisconsin finished off the set with a 6-2 run and a 25-11 win.

Set 4: The Gophers earned a 25-17 fourth set win to send it to a game five. The Gophers hit .415 to Wisconsin's .256. Minnesota took a 10-7 lead off a P Tapp kill and later a 13-9 lead off a Lohman/Hart block as the Badgers called a timeout. Despite Wisconsin cutting the Gopher lead to two at 15-13, Minnesota went on a 3-0 run for an 18-13 lead off a Wilhite kill. The Badgers called a timeout, their second of the set. Minnesota built a 21-15 lead off back-to-back kills from Wilhite. A block from Lohman/Hart pushed the Gophers to 23-16, while a Hart roll shot at the back line added set point. She followed with a kill down the line to even the match, 2-2.  

Set 5: Minnesota jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the fifth set as the Badgers called a timeout. The Gophers went up 8-4 off a Hart kill, while a P Tapp ace pushed the score to 9-4 and a Wisconsin timeout. P Tapp added another kill to push the score to 11-4. After a kill by Lohman to make it 12-5, Hart added a kill at 13-6. Wilhite put the match at set point, and ended the match with a kill off the block.

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