Minnesota sweeps Maryland in first Big Ten match

Senior outside hitter Sarah Wilhite led the Gophers with 15 kills on the night.

Gophers sophomore Samantha Seliger-Swenson sets the ball on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in a match against Maryland in the Sports Pavillon. 

Gophers sophomore Samantha Seliger-Swenson sets the ball on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in a match against Maryland in the Sports Pavillon. 

Tommy Sletten

No. 2 Minnesota kicked off its Big Ten play in winning fashion and sweeped Maryland in straight sets Friday.

Minnesota (9-1, 1-0 Big Ten) started out strong against Maryland (8-5, 0-1 Big Ten) and won the first set 25-13. The Gophers started the set with a 7-1 run, highlighted by two kills apiece from senior outside hitter Sarah Wilhite and freshman outside hitter Alexis Hart. Hart finished the set with a team-high five kills, and Sophomore setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson had two kills on two attempts, 10 assists, and a service ace.

Minnesota was again victorious in set two and won 25-14. The Gophers and Terrapins started out trading the first four points before Minnesota went on a 3-0 run to bring the score to 5-2. Wilhite led the team with six kills in the set, and Seliger-Swenson more than doubled her assist total with 12 for 22 total through two sets.

Minnesota made quick work of Maryland in the third set with a score of 25-12. The Gophers had one of their most dominant sets of the season going on a 16-3 run midway through the set, with seven kills from Wilhite on the run. Wilhite finished with a team-high 15 kills, followed by Hart with eight, and senior middle blockers Hannah and Paige Tapp with seven each. Junior libero Dalianliz Rosado finished the match with a game-high eleven digs.

Minnesota is set to face Ohio State tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.