Minnesota meets Michigan for first B1G road win

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 11 University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines in three sets 25-12, 25-22, 25-13 on Friday night for their first Big Ten away win.

Taylor Landfair led Minnesota with 17 kills McKenna usurer had six kills and five digs and Carter booth went for five kills and six blocks.

As a team, Minnesota (8-5, 3-2 Big Ten) averaged a .378 with 42 kills, 13 team blocks, 36 digs, and four aces. Michigan (12-3, 3-2 Big Ten) hit .053 with 30 kills, two team blocks, 38 digs and three aces.

Jess Mruzik led Michigan with 10 kills.

Set breakdown:
Set 1: We were back and forth early, with Minnesota leading through the first 11 points by just a 6-5 lead. However, a 5-0 run triggered a kill Taylor Landfair and a block of Naya Gros and McKenna usurer, took the ‘U’ to 11-5 and led to a Michigan timeout. Four more straight points from Minnesota after the break rounded out a 9-0 run. country fair and Melanie Schaffmeister had kills to put the guests at 15-5 in the set. Michigan would call its second timeout, trailing 17-6 after that McKenna usurer counted her first kill of the match. The Gophers would go up as much as 14 at 23-9. Minnesota would eventually close it out 25-12. Landfair led the team with four on-set kills when the “U” hit a searing .500 in the first frame.

Set 2: Set two was much more contested than the first. Michigan took an early 4-2 lead, but neither team led by more than a point until after the media break. A service ace from Landfair gave the Gophers a 15-14 lead and called the timeout mid-set. A kill from Usurer and a block from Naya Gros and Shaffmaster took Minnesota to a set-high of three points, 17-14. The Gophers would go up 21-16 after kills from Shaffmaster and Lanfair and an ace up to five CC McGraw. Michigan would reduce the deficit to two at 22-20 and 24-22, but wouldn’t get any closer. Another kill from Landfair gave the Gophers a 2-0 advantage and a 25-22 set 2 win.

Set 3: The Gophers led 6-3 early on before a pair of Wolverines points went 6-5 early in the set. The ‘U’ would respond with a 4-0 run, getting a pair of kills and a solo block from Landfair to go 10-5 and force a Michigan timeout. UM scored the first point after the time-out to make it 10-6 before the Gophers scored five of the next six points to take a 15-7 lead and force the No. 2 time-out of the set from the home team. Gros previously had three kills in a row CC McGraw ended the sprint with an ace before the time-out. Michigan would narrow the 19-13 gap to six but struggled to close. The Gophers finished with a 6-0 run to claim the win, winning 25-13.

-Minnesota rose to an all-time 60-16 against Michigan, including a 12-3 record under Coach McCutcheon.
-Minnesota hit .378 for the night, sixth time above .300 for the year.
CC McGraw had 14 digs, hitting double digits for the 92nd time in her career.
Taylor Landfair (18) averaged double-digit kills for the 13th time this season and 31 times in her career. It was also her 12th 15+ kill match.
Carter booth led the team with six blocks, their sixth five-block match of the year. In her last three matches, she had 24 blocks.

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