After losing the first set, the No. 5 Gophers volleyball team came back to defeat No. 9 Wisconsin 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 on Saturday night in a Big Ten match at sold-out Maturi Pavilion.
Sophomore Alexis Hart led Minnesota (19-2, 8-2 Big Ten) with 23 kills and hit a team-high .367. Freshmen Stephanie Samedy and Jasmyn Martin had 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Samedy also had 20 digs for the Gophers, who have won seven consecutive matches.
Dana Rettke had 22 kills for Wisconsin (14-5, 5-5) and hit .647 on 34 attacks without an error.
As a team, the Gophers hit .240 to Wisconsin’s .189.
‘Krusher’ dies at 91
Stan Kowalski, known as “Krusher” during 26 years as a professional wrestler, died Friday. He was 91.
Kowalski, who was born in Minneapolis and lived in Blaine, was a World War II veteran and later served as state commander of the VFW, advocating for veterans’ rights
Kowalski and Tiny Mills were the first tag team champions of the American Wrestling Association in 1960.
Funeral details are pending.
• Sophomore Stefan Milicevic of the Gophers defeated Maxim Tybar of Oklahoma State 6-4, 7-5 in the round of 16 on Saturday at the ITA Central Regional Championships at the Baseline Tennis Center. Milicevic’s teammates, seniors Matic Spec and Felix Corwin, won twice in doubles to advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
• Augustana won its ninth consecutive NSIC men’s cross-country championship on a course in Moorhead, Minn. Alex Kray led the Vikings, taking third on the 8K course in 24:48.00. Mason Phillips of the University of Sioux Falls won the individual title in 24:06.6.
• The University of Mary won its second women’s NSIC cross-country team title, led by individual champion Alexis Zeis, who also won the 2015 championship. She covered the 6K course in 20:49.5. Teammate Jaiden Schuette took second in 21:01.2. Emi Trost of Minnesota Duluth, the 2016 NSIC champion, was third in 21:07.9. Zeis, a senior from Bismarck, N.D., won the NCAA Division II national title in 2015.
• The Gophers rowers will have one boat in the Women’s Championship 8 race Sunday at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.