Gophers volleyball gets back in win column

by Aleutian Calabay

This was exactly what the doctor ordered for a Gophers team coming off a pair of horrendous road losses. Minnesota showed up with an all business attitude as they dominated Indiana on Friday night, winning in straight sets by scores 25-15, 25-13 and 25-15.

The Gophers proved fully capable of winning in several ways, first showing they can jump out to an early lead and run with it as they did in the first and third sets.  The Gophers also showed they don’t panic when things aren’t going exactly as planned, coming back from an early 8-4 deficit in the second set by going on a 21-5 run lead by five kills by Lauren Gibbemeyer in set.

Minnesota outhit Indiana an outstanding 0.435 to 0.091. The Gophers also had 47 kills to the Hoosiers’ 30.  Minnesota was lead in scoring by Gibbemeyer, who finished the set with 12 kills on a 0.632 hitting percentage and four blocks.  Hailey Cowles had 10 kills, and freshman Katherine Harms got in on the scoring action with four kills.  Taylor Carico directed the offense with 37 assists.

The Gophers now move on to face Purdue on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.