USC ends Gophers’ season with sweep

Minnesota ended its season with a 28-6 record after losing to USC in the NCAA tournament.

Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy hits the ball against Wisconsin at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Ananya Mishra

Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy hits the ball against Wisconsin at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Owen Mageau

USC eliminated Minnesota from the NCAA tournament by sweeping the team in the Sweet 16 in Gainesville, Florida to end its season. The Trojans won 3-0 — 25-23, 28-26, 25-16 — and will face Florida in the regional final tomorrow.

No. 7-seed Minnesota had a chance to tie the match at 1-1 with a set point in the second set. The Gophers couldn’t convert and No. 10-seed USC won 28-26 resulting in a 2-0 lead for the Trojans. The lead proved to be too much, as Minnesota could not overcome the adversity. The Trojans won the third set without the Gophers getting to 20 points.

A reason for Minnesota’s defeat was the amount of service errors they made. The Gophers had four on the night compared to USC’s one.

Seniors Molly Lohman and Dalianliz Rosado performed well in what will be there final match as Gophers. Lohman had six kills and six block assists, while Rosado continued her strong defense with 17 digs.

Minnesota ends its season with a 28-6 record.