Gophers Trounce Terrapins in Three

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 9 volleyball team the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Maryland Terrapins in straight sets 25-12, 25-13, 25-16 Friday night at the Maturi Pavilion.

With the win, the Gophers won 10 of their last 12 games overall, with five remaining in 2022. They will finish their Big Ten home table against Indiana on Sunday.

Taylor Landfair led Minnesota with 11 kills Jenna Wenas had nine kills and 12 digs. Melanie Schaffmeister posted #12 double-double of the year with 30 assists and 16 digs during Carter booth had nine kills and three blocks.

As a team, Minnesota (16-7, 11-4 Big Ten) averaged a .287 with 39 kills, six team blocks, 55 digs, and seven aces. Maryland (14-13, 5-10 Big Ten) hit .043 with 27 kills, four team blocks, 46 digs and three aces.

Gem Grimshaw and Laila Ivey led Maryland with six kills.

Set breakdown:
Set 1: Minnesota started red-hot, scoring nine of the first 12 points to take a six-point lead and force a timeout for Maryland.Taylor Landfair had three early kills while Jenna Wenas counted two and Carter booth had one. The Terps would get it back within five at 10-5 before two more kills from Wenaas and a Maryland attacking error made it 13-5 Gophers and forced Maryland’s second timeout. The Terps would reduce the lead to six at 14-8 but wouldn’t get any closer as Minnesota ended the set with an 11-4 run to win 25-12. The Gophers hit .341 in the first set and had seven kills and four digs by Wenaas, four kills by Booth and Landfair, and eight digs by CC McGraw.

Set 2: The Gophers picked up where they left off in the first set, scoring six of the front eight in the second set to take a 6-2 lead. booth and Lauren Crowl had a block while Landfair had two kills in the sprint. Minnesota would go up to six at 11-5 after an ace from McGraw and a block from Crowl and Arica Davis. However, the Terps would fight back, putting on a 4-0 run with two kills and an ace to cut the lead to 11-9. The ‘U’ refused to let the result get any closer, scoring six of the next eight to win 17-11. Crowl, Davis et al Melanie Schaffmeister posted kills and Rachel Kilkelly had an ace, resulting in a Maryland timeout. The Gophers pressed on after the break, capping a 9-0 run to take a 23-11 lead. Kilkelly had three more aces, Booth had a solo block, and Crowl pulled off another kill. The ‘U’ would end the set 25-13 and take a 2-0 lead.

Set 3: Minnesota scored five of the first seven and went 5-2 with two kills from Booth, one from Shaffmaster and an ace from Kilkelly. After another UMD point, the ‘U’ reeled four straight, got three attacking errors and a kill from Davis to take a 9-3 lead, forcing a Maryland timeout. Two UMD kills made it 9-5 before a Landfair kill and Wenaa’s ace helped push the lead to 13-5 to eight. Another Landfair kill sent them into double digits for the 23rd straight game before Kilkelly’s season-best fourth ace of the night gave Minnesota a 16-7 lead and forced another Maryland timeout. A 3-0 run by Terps took it to 16-10 before a 5-1 sprint by Gophers put the set out of reach at 21-11. Landfair recorded two more kills while Booth and Wenaas had one each. Minnesota finished the third set 25-16 to secure the win.

NEXT: Minnesota (16-7, 10-4 Big Ten) hosts Indiana (13-14, 6-9 Big Ten) Sunday at 2 p.m. to wrap up their Big Ten home table. Sunday afternoon is seniors day at Pav and the game will be shown on B1G+.

-Minnesota moves up to an all-time 15-0 win over Maryland with the win.
CC McGraw (12) recorded her 99th career 10+ dig trip, including her 14th this season. She is now up to 1,821 for her career, just 49 behind Dalianliz Rosado for third place in the Minnesota laurels.
Melanie Schaffmeister had 30 assists and 16 digs, her Big Ten-leading 12th double-double of the season.
Taylor Landfair (11) had double-digit kills total for the 23rd time this season and 41st time in her career. She is the only Power Five player in the country to have double-digit kills in every match.
Carter booth nine kills, their seventh straight game with seven or more.
Rachel Kilkelly scored 10 digs, her fifth 10+ dig match of 2022 and fourth straight.
-Kilkelly also had four aces (high of the season), her second 3+ace match of the year and sixth of her career.
– The Gophers held Maryland by just .043 goals, which is the worst season for a Minnesota opponent.

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