Gophers take first two matches

Minnesota defeated Boise State in five sets over the weekend.

Henry Hughes

  

The Gophers volleyball team again flexed their muscles Friday, beating Oregon State and Boise State in the first day of the Boise Tournament.

Playing against Oregon State (8-2) in the first matchup Friday morning, Minnesota bounced back from losing the first set 25-19, to take the next three 25-18, 25-21, 25-7 and earn the win.

Freshman opposite Stephanie Samedy had 16 kills, which led the Gophers along with her .405 hitting percentage. As a team, Minnesota hit .277 and finished with 11 total blocks.

The Gophers played the host-team Boise State in the evening matchup Friday night. After winning the first two sets 25-22, and 25-19, respectively, the Broncos (6-4) controlled the third and fourth sets winning 21-25 and 23-25, respectively. 

The fifth set remained close scoring for the entirety, but it was Minnesota who came out on top with a 15-12 win, to capture the match 3-2 . It was the first time this season Minnesota has been pushed to five sets.

Samedy again led the team with 26 kills. Samantha Seliger-Swenson led the team in assists with 59, fetching a double double with 13 digs. Minnesota as a team hit .244 and had 9 total blocks.

The Gophers finish up the Boise Tournament Saturday when they face Idaho State of the Big Sky Conference at 11:00am CT.