No. 2 Minnesota Rolls Through North Dakota In First Round

  0 Carly DeMarque | December 03rd, 2016 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Match Stats

Minnesota advances to the second round of the tournament with the sweep over first time tournament participant North Dakota.

Sarah Wilhite put down a match-best 17 kills and seven digs, while Dalianliz Rosado picked up a match-best 16 digs. Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson recorded a double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs.

Leading North Dakota’s offense was Chelsea Moser and Faith Dooley, each putting down 11 kills with hitting percentages above .400. Alivia Fraese picked up 14 digs and Tamara Merseli 11.


Press Release

Courtesy of Minnesota Athletics

The University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated North Dakota in three sets Friday night, 25-21, 25-12, 25-20, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Minnesota improves to 26-4 on the season, and remain undefeated at the Sports Pavilion.

As a team, the Gophers had 50 kills hitting .349, and had seven team blocks to UND’s four. Sarah Wilhite earned a match-high 17 kills, adding seven digs. Paige and Hannah Tapp both hit .412 in eight kills, with P Tapp contributing four blocks and H Tapp with two. Molly Lohman added seven kills, putting up three blocks, while Alexis Hart had nine kills, hitting .400. Katie Schau and Alyssa Goehner both established seven digs, while Dalianliz Rosado had a match-high 16 digs. Samantha Seliger-Swenson earned a double-double with 39 assists and ten digs.

“Very happy with the win tonight,” head coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “In particular, I thought it was to our advantage because North Dakota is a good team, they played hard, and served really well. Their middles had a nice night against us and they made us work and believe it or not I really like that. It’s good for us to figure out ways to win. I think it sets up nicely for the battle to come

“The Sports Pavilion is amazing and the support from our fans shows that they care a lot about Gopher volleyball and that’s very rewarding,” Wilhite said. “It’s a privilege to play in front of them.”

Minnesota will face No. 12 Hawaii in the second round of the tournament tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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