Gopher volleyball swept by No. 14 Penn State

Minnesota continues to face issues against top-ranked opponents.

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Brad Rempel- Gopher Athletics

Sophomore Jenna Wenaas spikes the ball in a match against Texas at Maturi Pavillion in Minneapolis, Minn. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

by AJ Condon, Sports Reporter

No. 12 Minnesota ended a 3-game win streak Friday as it hosted Penn State and got swept in three sets.

It was a tough start to the night right away for Minnesota in the first set. The Gophers found themselves in an early hole that they never could climb out of. The Nittany Lions saw their lead climb to as many as nine points in the set.

Penn State held on strong through the set and took a 1-0 lead with a 25-18 win.

The Gophers seemed to figure things out in the second set, but it was only temporary. Minnesota accounted for eight of the first 10 points of the second set for an early lead. Penn State didn’t give up and continued to put up a fight till the end.

The Nittany Lions crawled back into the set and cut the deficit to four at 20-16. The momentum stayed with Penn State and the Gophers saw their large lead diminish. Penn State finished on an 11-5 run to go up 2-0 on the night with a 27-25 win.

With their backs against the wall, the Gophers and the Nittany Lions battled in the third set. It was a back-and-forth match with Penn State grabbing a four-point lead 15-11. Minnesota fought back and took a lead 18-16 trying to force a fourth set.

Minnesota couldn’t complete the comeback and dropped the third set 25-22 for a 3-0 sweep.

The Gophers are back in action Sunday at home against No. 6 Ohio State.