No. 3 Gophers Volleyball Team Sweeps No. 1 Wisconsin in Madison

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Last week Minnesota (13-2) overtook the defending national champion Nebraska (14-1) for the No.1 spot in the AVCA poll, this week it was Wisconsin (14-1) who shot to the top of the ranks after two Big Ten wins over Rutgers and IL.

The No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers swept the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers, handing Wisconsin its first loss of conference play.

It's all but guaranteed that the University of Wisconsin women's volleyball team will lose their newly acquired No. 1 ranking after they were swept by rival No. 3 University of Minnesota 3-0 Wednesday in Madison. The Gophers also had 14 blocks to the Badgers' three.

With her 37 kills, with 4.62 kills per set and now at a.361 attack percentage she is in the OVC Top 10 for both categories.

The second set was more of the same for a Minnesota squad hell bent on making a statement, dominating Wisconsin out of the gate and putting on the final touches to grab a 25-18 finish. We dug ourselves into five, six point holes in the beginning of games and then we would start picking it up towards point 15. They just played cleaner than we did.

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"I don't think it's a distraction and I don't think it's something we were thinking about going into this match", Bates said. Unfortunately, they just outplayed us. "They were efficient and clean and they ran a good offense".

Minnesota senior Sarah Wilhite paced the Gophers with eight digs and a team-high 12 kills. Junior Molly Lohman had nine blocks. It was evident these were two of the best teams in the country. "That was a match that showed the separation of two teams in that particular match". First serve for the matchup with the Wolverines is set for 6 p.m. (CT) from Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

WISCONSIN (kills-digs-blocks) - Carlini 3-6-3, Bates 10-4-0, MacDonald 0-9-0, Williams 6-1-2, Nelson 5-0-1, Haggerty 3-6-0, Kriskova 3-0-0, Gillis 2-0-0, Dodd 0-0-0, Dodge 0-7-0.

UW hit a much stronger.267 percent (14-6-30) in the second set, despite the Gophers pulling away to a 20-9 lead. Assists - M 45 (Seliger-Swenson 41), W 32 (Carlini 28). That 14-block mark was the fourth-highest for the team this season and the most blocks for the Gophers in three-set fashion.