Gophers take care of business, sweep Michigan

MINNEAPOLIS– The No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers volleyball team defeated the Michigan Wolverines in straight sets, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22.

Taylor Landfair led Minnesota with 20 wins while Carter Booth tallied 11 eliminations with four blocks. CC McGraw paced the backcourt with 17 digs.

As a team, Minnesota (14-7, 9-4 Big Ten) hit .310 with 46 kills, five team blocks, 49 digs and two aces. Michigan (14-9, 5-8 Big Ten) hit .200 with 42 kills, three team blocks, 46 digs and five aces.

May Pertofsky led Michigan with 10 wins.

Distribution of the set:
Set 1: The two teams were neck and neck in the first 18 points before two aces and a kill gave Wolverines a 12-9 lead. The Gophers would respond with a 6-1 run to head into media timeout with a 15-13 lead. Kills of Carter Booth and Melani Shaffmaster plus a pair of blocks by Booth helped Minnesota in the push. The ‘U’ kept their game solid after the media break, scoring four of the next five to go up 19-14. A killing of Taylor Landfair and two more from Booth gave the home side their lead. The Wolverines would not come closer to three the rest of the way as Minnesota won the first set, 25-21. Landfair had seven victims, Booth had four and Jenna Wenaas had three.

Set 2: Michigan and Minnesota tied the first eight points before a 5-1 run by the Gophers gave the home team a 9-5 lead. Melani Shaffmaster scored an ace while Landfair killed in the run. Michigan cut the lead in half to 9-7 before a block of Arica Davis and Landfair and a kill of Lauren Raven put the ‘U’ up 12-7, forcing Michigan a timeout. Decisive kills from Davis and Crowl helped the Gophers go up seven to 15-8 before the Wolverines made their comeback. Michigan would go on an 8-1 run, cutting Minnesota’s one-point lead at 17-16. They got a pair of aces, a trio of wins and a few Minnesota errors in stride. A pair of Michigan errors and a Landfair kill helped the Gophers move up three to 20-17. The Gophers would go up 22-18 before Michigan called their final timeout. The Wolverines didn’t come within three the rest of the way at 23-20 before Booth finished the set with two kills. Minnesota sealed the set with a 25-20 victory to go up 2-0. The Gophers hit .296 in the second set to UM’s .161. Landfair led the team with four wins in the frame.

Set 3: Michigan came out of the gates hot in the third set, scoring five of the first six to go up 5-1. The Gophers would fight straight away, counting out six of the next seven to take their first lead of the set. Booth, Landfair and Shaffmaster killed in the run while Booth and Shaffmaster combined for a block. UM scored the next three to go up 9-7 on a pair of kills and a block. The Wolverines would hold their two-to-three-point lead up to 14-11 until Minnesota made their move. Landfair’s four straight wins put the Gophers back in the lead, 15-14, before the media timeout. Booth scored a kill to put his team ahead before a 3-1 run by UM tied it at 17. The two teams traded ties and one-point leads to 20-20, when ‘Michigan serve error and Landfair kill put the ‘U’ up 22-20, forcing a Wolverines timeout. Another redshirt sophomore kill put the home team ahead 23-20 before UM’s two points cut the lead to one. A Michigan service error and Booth kill won the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-0, for Minnesota.

NEXT: Minnesota (14-7, 9-4 Big Ten) takes on Illinois (11-12, 6-7 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. Sunday on the road. B1G+ will provide streaming coverage.

-Minnesota goes 61-16 all-time against Michigan, winning 12 of the last 14 in the series.
CC McGraw (17) notched his 97th career outing with 10+ digs, including his 12th this season. She is now at 1,796 for her career, just 74 behind Dalianliz Rosado for the third-place Minnesota Laurels.

-It was McGraw’s fifth 15+ dig game of the season and 57th of his career.
Taylor Landfair (20) tallied double-digit wins for the 21st time this season and 39th time in his career. She is one of two Power Five players nationwide to have double-digit kills in every game.
-It was Landfair’s fourth game of the year with 20+ kills and sixth of his career.

Carter Booth posted his second 10+ kill match of the year.
-The Gophers (.310) hit over .300 for the 10th time this season in 21 games.

Rachel Kilkelly had 10 digs, his third 10+ scavenge game of 2022 and second in a row.