Gophers continue historic winning streak in Maryland

No. 3 Minnesota extended its winning streak to 18 as it beat Maryland in four sets.

Freshman Adanna Rollins jumps to spike the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 9. The Gophers swept Indiana in all three sets.

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Freshman Adanna Rollins jumps to spike the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 9. The Gophers swept Indiana in all three sets.

by David Mullen

The Gophers (23-2, 17-0 Big Ten) just know how to win.

No. 3 Minnesota went on to win its 18th consecutive match and 17th in Big Ten play Friday as the Gophers topped Maryland (17-12, 8-9 Big Ten) in four sets: 17-25, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-20, in College Park, Maryland. 

The Terrapins came to play from the first play of the match as they took an early 2-0 lead over the Gophers. Maryland extended its lead to 7-5 after multiple errors by the Gophers.

Minnesota tried to put together a run late in the set, but the Terrapins were too much in the start as they took the set 25-17.

The Gophers had a .133 hitting percentage in the opening set which contributed to their slow start.  Outside hitter Adanna Rollins led the Gophers with six kills in the set. 

The Terrapins momentum from the opening set carried over in the second as they took a slight 8-5 lead over the Gophers. 

Minnesota continued to fight though as the match was neck-and-neck. The Gophers took a 15-14 lead, their first lead of the match. 

The Gophers sailed to victory in the set as they took 10 of the last 15 points and won 25-19, tying the match at one a piece. 

The third set was neck-and-neck from the first blow of the whistle. 

Although Minnesota took an early 10-5 lead the Terrapins were resilient in the set. After a few small runs by Maryland, the set was tied at 15-all.

Minnesota came up with a complete offensive effort from there and eventually took the set 25-23.

Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy caught fire in the third set as she continued her season dominance with six kills. 

The final set of the match was similar to the third set as the Gophers held a slight 8-7 lead early. 

A few points later after an error, defensive specialist Lauren Barnes earned two service aces that forced the Terrapins to use a time out, as they led 14-10.

Minnesota extended its lead to six after a few errors and two kills by Samedy. 

Although Maryland was resilient, the Gophers erupted late and was too overwhelming for the Maryland squad as they closed out the match with a 25-20 fourth set. 

Rollins led the Gophers with 19 kills in the match followed by Samedy with 16.

Overall, the offense had six total players register a kill behind 48 assists by setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson. 

The Gophers will return to action Saturday in Columbus, Ohio as they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.