Minnesota volleyball upset at home

Minnesota’s struggles through the tournament caught up with the team Saturday, as the Gophers dropped their first home match of the season in five sets, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23, 29-31, 12-15. Minnesota was held to a .125 hit percentage as the Tar Heels held the Gophers’ left side hitters in check throughout the first two sets, collecting 120 digs and 15 blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer led Minnesota in the losing cause, collecting 19 kills while hitting .244. Junior libero Christine Tan led the team defensively with 39 digs, including the 1000th of her career. Krista Chin has her final thoughts. Daily: What did North Carolina do well? Chin: The North Carolina Tar Heels played tremendous defense, scrambling after every ball and letting nothing touch the ground. It was apparent tonight that their heart was in this match and they truly wanted the win. The Tar Heels had quite the game plan and really keyed in on Lauren Gibbemeyer, Pamela Luiz, and Brook Dieter. Setter Stephanie Jansma was efficient with her setting, distributing the ball throughout the front court getting four hitters in double figure kills. North Carolina passed the ball well tonight, keeping it in play and limiting their mental errors. Daily: Player of the Match? Chin: Setter Jansma for North Carolina was the Player of the Match. She was a key player in keeping the Tar Heels in the match. She was scrappy on defense and was giving her hitters great sets. Jansma was enthusiastic throughout the match, and her competitive spirit was the charm for the Tar Heels tonight. Tune in to the Minnesota Daily Sunday for more on the weekend.