Senior middle blocker Tori Dixon had 12 kills, seven blocks and six digs and hit .360 as the No. 11-ranked Gophers swept No. 14 Ohio State in three sets in Columbus, Ohio.
The scores were 25-16, 25-17, 25-19. Minnesota (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) did not commit an error in the first two sets.
Freshman Sarah Wilhite also had a big match for the Gophers with 10 kills and 12 digs. Her final two kills ended the third set.
“I was very happy with the performance. It is nice to get a win, especially on the road,” Gophers coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “The hitters did a good job of choosing when to get after it and when to keep [the ball] in play.”
The Gophers, who were coming off a five-set loss at Penn State, hit .337 to the Buckeyes’ .098.
United loses in Atlanta
Minnesota United FC lost 3-1 on the road to the Atlanta Silverbacks. Rueben Luna gave the home team a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute on a cross from Mike Randolph. His seventh goal came on a diving header.
“When the things we’ve been working on in practice come off it always excites the coach, and Luna got in the right place at the right time, so I’m pleased,” Atlanta coach Brian Haynes said at halftime.
“I don’t think Minnesota is going to sit back now, so we have to be smart and make sure we get the next goal.”
The Silverbacks did. Danny Barrera scored the eventual winner for Atlanta (4-3-4) in the 74th minute on a header, making it 2-0.
Both teams scored late in the game on penalty kicks. Simon Bracalello gave United (4-5-2) hope with a goal, his seventh of the season, in the 82nd minute. But, eight minutes later, Pedro Mendes, who hit a crossbar in the first half, scored on a penalty kick to restore Atlanta’s two-goal lead.
United had trouble generating much offense partly because striker Pedro Campos, who has a team-high five goals in the fall season, was out with a right hip injury.
Florida outswims U
The Gophers men’s swimming and diving team lost Saturday, falling to Florida 172-124 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Gators won 12 of the 16 events.
Co-captain Derek Toomey of the Gophers won the 50-yard freestyle (20.07 seconds) while Kyler Van Swol won the 100 butterfly (48.55). Both also swam on the first-place 400 freestyle relay. Dylan Zoe, in 3-meter diving (340.58), won the fourth event for Minnesota, now 1-1 in nonconference duals.
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|Cincinnati||12/15/13 7:30 PM|
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|North Dakota St||73||FINAL|
|New Mexico St||48||FINAL|
|Utah Valley U||62|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|(12) Penn State||79||FINAL|
|South Dakota St||83|
|Utah Valley U||70||FINAL|