No. 1 Minnesota wins first two matches in Texas tournament to remain undefeated

Freshman Stephanie Samedy led the team with 21 kills in the two matches.

Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson cheers after the Gophers score a point on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Sports Pavilion.

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Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson cheers after the Gophers score a point on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Sports Pavilion.

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Playing in two matches on Thursday, Minnesota (7-0) showed why it is ranked No. 1 in the nation, sweeping Denver and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the American Campus Classic in Austin, Texas. 

The Gophers handed Denver (6-2) their first loss of the season by winning 3-0 early Thursday morning.

Middle blocker Molly Lohman led the team with 13 points, finishing with seven kills in 13 total attempts. 

Freshman opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy led the team with 10 kills in 24 attempts, finishing with a .292 hitting percentage.

The Gophers got their seventh win of the season in the second match of the day against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-6), also winning that match 3-0.

Samedy led the team again in kills with 11, hitting .348 with six digs and 13 points during the match.

Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson led the team with 34 assists, and finished with a double-double after getting 11 digs.

Minnesota stays in Austin on Friday, when they face No. 5 ranked Texas in the final match of the American Campus Classic at 8 p.m. CT.