Minnesota sweeps Indiana… final thoughts

by Mark Heise

Krista Chin: The Minnesota Gopher Volleyball team swept Indiana by scores of 25-21, 25-17, 25-18. Minnesota was led on attack by Lauren Gibbemeyer who had team-high 17 kills with a .452 hitting percentage. Brook Dieter followed with 10 kills of her own. Christine Tan led the defense with a match-high 15 digs and two aces. Rachel Hartmann finished with 40 assists. Mark Heise: it was a pretty solid match all around for the Gophers, who ended with 5 blocks in the final set to continue their streak of out-blocking each opponent this season. What were the keys to Minnesota’s win today? Indiana’s Erica Short did have 18 kills, but it seemed to me like she was on her own offensively Krista Chin: Ball control and serving tough were the the keys to Minnesota’s win tonight. Their passing allowed both middles, Lauren Gibbemeyer and Kelly Schmidt, to finish off the night with great hitting percentages, Gibbemeyer at .452 and Schmidt at .417 The superb passing allowed Hartmann to dish the ball easily to her middles, and the serving let Minnesota’s block key on specific hitters like Hall and Benson. Mark Heise: Hall and Benson combined for 12 kills and a .154 hit percentage. Indiana ended the night with just 37 kills. Minnesota completed its goal of winning the first five, finally we get to talk Penn State. What kind of atmosphere can we expect tomorrow at the match? Krista Chin: Well, Mark, the atmosphere in the Barn tomorrow will be unreal and nothing like some people will ever have experienced before. There is Maroon and Gold at every corner, and the fans cheer louder, or it may seem that way because of the large arena. The talk on the campus this week was the Gopher’s big match against Penn State Saturday evening. Minnesota is looking to break the attendance record, and there is a good possibility this will be done, especially with the competitiveness this match will bring. The Barn is such a fun place to play, and it is always interesting to see how other teams adjust to it. Mark Heise: That’s all from us, thanks for checking in, we’ll see you tomorrow!