The Gophers won the first set 25-21 before the epic second set marathon.
The teams fought in the second set against 16 set points, which after a Gophers error at 39-39 and 393 ended an Oregon kill at the seventeenth setpoint.
After the third set of 25-14 – the worst set-loss of the Gophers of the season – the Ducks finished the match 26-24 in fourth place.
Oregon (23-10) advances in the fight against Nebraska in the Regional Final at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday at 17.00.
The Gophers will not be a dream appearance in a Final Four hometown that will be played at the Target Center in two weeks. 19659006] MATCH SUMMARY (Courtesy: University of Minnesota Sports Information):
The University of Minnesota's No. 2 seeded volleyball team dropped to four (25-21
Alexis Hart led the team with 20 kills, scoring a best of 0.340. Stephanie Samedy had 17 kills and led the team with 24 career opportunities. Adanna Roll installed her sixth double double of the season with 14 kills and 13 digs while Regan Pittman broke 12 kills. Samantha Seliger-Swenson recorded 55 assists and 10 excavations to record the 12th doubles this season and 52nd in her career. CC McGraw had 18 doubles and two aces, while Lauren Barnes had 13 doubles. Taylor Morgan had a team of five blocks. As a team, the Gophers had hit .260 and had 71 kills, 86 doubles and eight blocks. Oregon hit .313 with 82 kills, 96 excavations and 11 blocks.
The Gopher Seniors closed their careers tonight in front of a crowd of 5,187. Four-year starter Samantha Seliger-Swenson finished her career with 5,674 assists, finishing fourth in the history of gopher volleyball.
Set 1: Minnesota scored a stifling .465 in the first set to win the game, 25-21. After trading 7-7 points, Minnesota took a 10-7 lead over a block from Morgan and Samedy. After another block from Morgan and Samedy for the 12-8 point, the Ducks called their first timeout on the set. The Gophers had a 15-10 lead on a Rollins kill and a 17-14 advantage over a Pittman kill. Samedy added a kill for the 20-17 point. Rollins added a roll shot at 23-20 when Oregon called his set's second timeout. Hart pushed it to the set point and finished it with a 1-0 lead.
Movement 2: After 26 equations and eleven leadership changes, Oregon took over the second set 41-39. Minnesota opened the second set in a 4-0 draw when Oregon was called Timeout. Oregon returned the set in a 7: 7 victory. The two teams exchanged points 13-13 before Oregon rose from a block of 15-13 when the Gophers gave their first timeout of the game. Minnesota joined the set at 15-15 from an Oregon attack error before the Ducks made a 4-0 run and a 19:15 lead when the Gophers called their second timeout. The Gophers took the lead on a kill at 17-19 on two. After a deadly kill by Hart and a one-point deficit at 20-21, Oregon set his second timeout. The Gophers tied the set at 21-21 to a Morgan / Hart block. At 23-23, the two teams have drawn 16 more times. Oregon had eight points while Minnesota had nine. Oregon, finally put the pack away (41-39) and joined the match (1-1).
Set 3: Oregon used his momentum in the second to get the third, 25-14. From the start, Oregon led 5-0 in the lead as the Gophers gave a time-out. As the Ducks built a 10-2 lead, Minnesota took its second timeout. Hart added a kill for the 7-13 points. A block from Samedy and Morgan put the Gophers on 8-17. Minnesota had killed at Samedy at 10-19. Hart added Kills at 13-23 and 14-24, but Oregon closed the set for a 2-1 win.
Set 4: Minnesota opened the fourth with a 4-0 run. Oregon had a timeout in the 3-0 win for a Rollins service ace. A few samedy kills bring Minnesota up 7: 4. Minnesota opened with a 12: 8 Pittman murder. Oregon, however, set the set up at 14-14 and drew 15-14 in consecutive blocks as the Gophers gave a timeout. Oregon took on an 18-16 lead. Minnesota came back to make the set at 19-19 in a Pittman Solo block. Minnesota took a 22:19 lead over a samedy kill, but Oregon returned at 23-23 when Minnesota called for a time-out. The two teams had a Rollins kill in the 24-24 win, but Oregon completed the set and match after a mistake at Gopher-Service and Duck Kill for a 3-1 victory.