Gophers take care of business, clean up Michigan

MINNEAPOLIS — The #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 had 11 kills with four blocks. CC McGraw stood in the backfield with 17 tackles.

As a team, Minnesota (14-7, 9-4 Big Ten) hit .310 with 46 kills, a team-high five blocks, 49 digs and two aces. Michigan (14-9, 5-8 Big Ten) hit .200 with 42 kills, a team-high three blocks, 46 digs and five aces.

May Pertofsky led Michigan with 10 kills.

Kit Breakdown:
Set 1: The two teams were tied through the first 18 points before two aces and a kill put the Wolverines up 12-9. The Gophers would respond with a 6-1 run to head into the media timeout with a 15-13 lead. Kills from Carter Booth and Melanie Schaffmaster in addition to a pair of blocks by Booth helped Minnesota in the spurt. The U’s continued their strong play after the media break, scoring four of the next five to go up 19-14. Murder by Taylor Landfair and two more from Booth gave the hosts a big lead in the set. The Wolverines would get no closer than three the rest of the way as Minnesota took the first set, 25-21. Landfair had seven kills, Booth had four and Jenna Wenaas there were three.

Set 2: Michigan and Minnesota shared the first eight points before a 5-1 Gophers run put the home team up 9-5. Melanie Schaffmaster tallied an ace while Landfair had a kill in the run. Michigan cut the lead in half to 9-7 before a block of Arica Davis and Landfair and Murder by Lauren Crowle put the ‘U up 12-7, forcing a Michigan timeout. Kills by Davis and Crowl helped the Gophers go up by seven at 15-8 before the Wolverines mounted a comeback. Michigan would go on an 8-1 run, cutting Minnesota’s lead to one point at 17-16. They got a pair of aces, a trio of kills and a few Minnesota errors in the spurt. A pair of Michigan errors and a kill by Landfair helped the Gophers pull back by three at 20-17. The Gophers would go up 22-18 before Michigan called its final timeout. The Wolverines got as close as three the rest of the way at 23-20 before Booth finished the set with two kills. Minnesota sealed the set with a 25-20 victory to take a 2-0 lead. The Gopher hit .296 in the second set compared to UM’s .161. Landfair led the team with four kills in the frame.

Set 3: Michigan came out of the gates hot in the third set, scoring five of the first six to take a 5-1 lead. The Gophers would fight back right away, tallying six of the next seven to take their first lead of the set. Booth, Landfair and Shaffmaster had kills on the run, while Booth and Shaffmaster combined for a block. UM scored the next three to go up 9-7 on a pair of kills and a block. The Wolverines would hold their two- to three-point lead to 14-11 until Minnesota made its move. Four straight kills by Landfair put the Gophers back within one, 15-14, heading into the media timeout. Booth tallied a kill to put her team up by two before a 3-1 run by UM tied it at 17. The two teams traded ties and took a one-point lead to 20-20 when a Michigan service error and a kill by Landfair put the ‘U up 22-20, forcing a timeout from the Wolverines. Another kill from the redshirt sophomore put the home team up 23-20 before two UM points cut the lead to one. A Michigan service error and a kill by Booth finished the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-0, for Minnesota.

NEXT: Minnesota (14-7, 9-4 Big Ten) hosts Illinois (11-12, 6-7 Big Ten) at 1:00 pm Sunday on the road. B1G+ will provide streaming coverage.

-Minnesota moves to 61-16 all-time against Michigan, winning 12 of its last 14 in the series.
CC McGraw (17) recorded his 97th career 10+ tackle, including his 12th this season. She is now up to 1,796 for her career, just 74 behind Dalianliz Rosado for the No. 3 spot in Minnesota laurels.
-It was McGraw’s fifth 15+ game of the season and 57th of her career.
-Taylor Landfair (20) reached double figures in kills for the 21st time this season and 39th of her career. She is one of two Power Five players in the country to have double-digit kills in every game.
-It was Landfair’s fourth over-20 game of the year and sixth of her career.

Carter Booth posted her second 10+ kill game of the year.
-The Gophers (.310) hit over .300 for the 10th time this season in 21 games.

Rachel Kilkelly recorded 10 digs, her third 10+ dig game of 2022 and second in a row.

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