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Minnesota Athletics | October 5, 2017

No. 6 Minnesota earn win in five-set battle against No. 7 Wisconsin

Minnesota earned their second straight win on the road and improved to 14-2.

Trailing the match, 2-1, the No. 6 University of Minnesota earned a 3-2 win over No. 7 Wisconsin. The Golden Gophers fell 23-25, won the second, 25-20, fell in the third 21-25, but won the fourth and fifth, 25-15 and 15-13. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 14-2 overall and 3-2 in Big Ten action.

As a team, the Golden Gophers hit .239, including .405 and .409 in the final two sets. It was Minnesota's second fifth-set win of the season, the first coming against Boise State. 

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Alexis Hart and Jasmyn Martin had career high nights. Hart had a career-best 24 kills, while Martin at a career-high 17 kills. Stephanie Samedy had a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs. Dalianliz Rosadoadded 20 digs. Samantha Seliger-Swenson added 62 assists, a season best, and finished off the double-double with 12 digs. Lohman led the Gopher blockers with seven blocks.

Wisconsin took the first set, 25-23. After seven tie scores through the first half of the set, Wisconsin went on a 4-0 run to take a 14-10 lead as the Gophers called their first timeout of the set. Minnesota came within two at 16-14 off a Samedy kill. Minnesota went on a 3-0 run and later tied up the set at 18-18 off a Lauren Barnes ace. The Gophers later took a 20-19 lead off a Hart/Lohman block as the Badgers called their first timeout. Wisconsin rallied back to take a 23-22 lead as Minnesota used its second timeout of the set. As the two teams tied at 23, Wisconsin finished off the set with a kill and a block for the 1-0 lead.

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Minnesota held the lead at 2-1 and won the second set, 25-20 to tie the match. The Gophers opened the second set with a 5-1 lead and later a 9-5 lead off an ace from Rosado. A Wisconsin attack error put the Gophers up, 14-8, which forced Wisconsin to call a timeout. Martin added a kill for an 18-11 Gophers lead as the Badgers burned their second timeout of the set. A Hart kill pushed the score to 21-14. As Wisconsin pushed back in the set, the Gophers called a timeout with a 23-19. The Gophers closed out the set with a pair of kills for a 1-1 tie.

Wisconsin held the lead from the first point and later took a 25-21 third set win. The Badgers opened up the third set with a 5-1 lead and later a 10-5 lead as the Gophers called a timeout. Trailing 15-9, Minnesota called its second timeout. A Lohman kill put the Gopher deficit to 16-13, and a Hart kill pulled Minnesota within three at 20-17. Wisconsin pushed it to set point at 24-19, but the Gophers fought off back-to-back set points as Wisconsin called a timeout at 24-21. The Badgers, however, finish off the set with a kill to take a 2-1 lead.

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The Gophers hit .405 in the fourth set and won, 25-15. Minnesota jumped out to an early 7-3 lead off back-to-back blocks and a Lohman kill, which forced Wisconsin to call a timeout. Minnesota produced four-straight kills as the Badgers used their second timeout of the set by the 13-6 Gopher lead. A Martin kill pushed the Gopher lead to 15-7, while a Samedy kill added a 17-8 lead. Martin pushed the lead to 20-11, while a Samedy kill added a lead of 21-12. A Pittman/Samedy block put the Gophers at 23-13. Minnesota finished off the set and sent the match to five sets.

Minnesota finished off the win with a 15-13 fifth set win. Wisconsin started with a 3-1 lead, only to have Minnesota come back and tie it, 3-3. A Samedy kill pushed the lead to 7-5 and she added a second kill as the two teams changed sides at 8-6. Pittman provided a kill for a 9-7 lead, while Hart pushed the lead to 10-7 as the Badgers called a timeout. The Badgers came back to put the Gopher lead to one at 11-10 off two kills as Minnesota called a timeout. Minnesota held a 13-11 lead, only to have Wisconsin respond and tie the set at 13-13. Minnesota called a timeout and the Gophers responded with two straight on a kill from Samedy and a Wisconsin attack error. 

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