Gophers lead 2-0 at intermission

After struggling early with a vastly different lineup on the floor Minnesota pulled together to steal a 25-22 win in the first set, and dominated the second, 25-11. The Gophers seemed unorganized and over-matched with their new lineup during the first half of the first set. Sophomore Hailey Cowles struggled against the double-block on the left side, forcing coach Mike Hebert to bring in senior outside hitter Kyla Roehrig. Minnesota trailed up to the 17-point mark, but managed to adjust to the new faces, pulling out the win. All four freshmen played in the second set, but it was the sophomore class that led the way, as Lauren Gibbemeyer finished the two sets with a total of nine kills, and Brook Dieter added six. Freshman setter Alex Blatt collected 20 assists over two sets, but led the team with digs as well, collecting 10. Freshman middle blocker Ariana Filho had four kills and a .200 hit percentage.