Minnesota sweeps Indiana in Bloomington

Hannah Tapp led the Gophers with 11 kills

by Tommy Sletten

No. 2 Minnesota (11-1, Big Ten 3-0) found themselves on the road for the first time in their young Big Ten season, but that didn’t hurt them as the Gophers defeated Indiana (12-4, Big Ten 1-2) 3-0.

The Gophers hit .392 for the match, and out digged the Hoosiers 28-18. Senior middle blocker Hannah Tapp led Minnesota with 11 kills. Junior middle blocker Molly Lohman displayed her efficiency and attacking prowess, tallying nine kills while hitting .800 on the match. Sophomore setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson had a match-high 35 assists on the day.

In the first set, Minnesota won easily with a score of 25-17. The Gophers hit .231 compared to Indiana’s .115. Minnesota compiled three service aces in the set as a team, with senior outside hitter Sarah Wilhite leading the team with four kills, followed by Lohman with three.

Minnesota won the second set with even more ease, finishing with a score of 25-15. Offensively, Minnesota was in the driver’s seat, hitting a lofty .545. Hannah Tapp and Lohman led the offense with six kills each, followed by freshman outside hitter Alexis Hart and Wilhite with 4 kills each.

The Gophers matched their effort in the first set, winning the third set and closing out the match with a familiar 25-17 set score. Minnesota hit .423 for the set, after starting out with a 7-4 run. Indiana tried to make things interesting later in the set, and were able to knot the score up at 12-12. Minnesota rallied behind a block from senior middle blocker Paige Tapp, and an ace from junior libero Dalianliz Rosado to take the lead for good. Hannah Tapp closed out the game with a kill to give Minnesota the set and match win.

Minnesota will stay on the road, taking on another Big Ten opponent, No. 14 Purdue, on Sunday.