Minnesota volleyball falls 3-0 to Wisconsin in border battle

The Badgers made quick work of the Gophers and swept them in three sets in the first of two rivalry matchups.

Outside hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The Gophers swept South Carolina in all three sets.

Ellen Schmidt

Outside hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The Gophers swept South Carolina in all three sets.

by AJ Condon, Sports Reporter

The No. 7 Gopher volleyball team found itself on the wrong side of a sweep Friday night against No. 5 Wisconsin. Minnesota came into the match riding a 6-game win streak but the Badgers had other plans.

Wisconsin came out of the gates firing and grabbed an early 8-2 lead in the first set to establish the tone for the night. The Gophers tried to fight back multiple times in the set, but whenever things got close, the Badgers would regain momentum. Ultimately, Wisconsin took the first set 25-17.

Set two was a much different story for Minnesota. It was a back-and-forth battle the whole set before Wisconsin used a 6-0 run to try and put things out of reach.

Match point, down seven, the Gophers were on the brink of a second set loss. Thanks to two aces from redshirt senior Katie Myers gave Minnesota some hope as it climbed back to within two. That was it for the second set comeback as the Gophers dropped the set 25-22.

Set three had a similar start to the second as both teams were battling back and forth. Wisconsin, however, went on a 5-0 run to extend its lead to seven points at 15-8. Again, Minnesota wasn’t out of it and fought back with its backs against the wall.

That was enough of a push for the Badgers liking as they finished off the set and match with a 9-5 run to complete the sweep 25-17.

The Gophers are right back in action Saturday and will try to get back on the right foot against Northwestern.