Minnesota sweeps Purdue at home

Gophers benefit from 18 errors by Boilermakers to win fourth in a row

Henry Hughes

Trailing 11-4 in the third set, Minnesota’s hope for a match sweep seemed bleak.

Instead, the Gophers went on a 10-3 run to tie the set at 14, eventually winning the set by a final score of 25-23, earning the sweep.

“I don’t think the plan was to force them into mistakes,” said head coach Hugh McCutcheon. “I think it was just about our athletes making good choices at the right time.

The third set was the most challenging for Minnesota, with Purdue jumping to a 6-2 lead. Minnesota called a timeout, but it didn’t stop Purdue from climbing to a 11-4 advantage.

Minnesota erased the deficit by finishing with a 21-12 run, including five straight points late in the set, to win 25-23.

Freshman opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy led the Gophers with 13 kills, and hit .355. Junior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson led Minnesota with 36 assists and 15 digs.

Minnesota volleyball wraps up their short homestand Sunday, when they take on Iowa at the Maturi Pavilion.

In the beginning of the match, the Gophers earned back-and-forth-point that lasted several rallies.  Minnesota was credited with the point after a Purdue attack error. 

From then on Minnesota controlled the first set, leading 21-12 at one point, before winning 25-17. The Gophers finished with 14 first-set kills, a .406 hitting percentage, and one error.