The third-ranked Gophers volleyball team improved to 5-0 this season Saturday, sweeping Georgia Southern and Arkansas to win the Diet Coke Classic at Maturi Pavilion.
The Gophers beat Arkansas 25-15, 25-19, 25-18 in the evening after blowing past Georgia Southern 25-13, 25-13, 25-10 earlier in the day.
In the night match, tournament MVP Regan Pittman had 12 kills while hitting .550 for the Gophers, who hit .327 to .124 for the Razorbacks (3-2) and also had nine blocks, including eight from Taylor Morgan. Jasmyn Martin and Stephanie Samedy each had nine kills. Samantha Seliger-Swenson put up 31 assists.
Seliger-Swenson and Adanna Rollins joined Pittman on the all-tournament team for the Gophers.
Against Georgia Southern, the Gophers hit .451 compared to .020 for the Eagles (0-5).
No. 1 Stanford in town
Top-ranked and defending NCAA women’s soccer champion Stanford visits the Gophers on Sunday, looking to break the program record for consecutive victories.
The Cardinal (3-0) has won 25 games in a row, matching the program record set in 2009 and 2011-12. Over its streak, Stanford has outscored opponents 92-7.
The Gophers are 3-2. Sunday’s game is at noon at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
Town ball perfection
Righthander Matt Timm pitched the first perfect game in the history of the Minnesota state amateur town ball tournament as Hutchinson beat Sleepy Eye 6-0 in the third round in Class C in Shakopee.
Timm struck out five. It’s the 23rd no-hitter overall in the state tournament’s 95-year history and the first since 2015.
Saints lose again
The St. Paul Saints lost their third game in a row, falling 5-2 to Winnipeg on Saturday night at CHS Field.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Saints, who have clinched an American Association playoff spot, fell a half-game behind Chicago for the North Division lead. Chicago’s game with Lincoln on Saturday was suspended because of rain.
Festival of Champions
The 25th annual Minnesota Festival of Champions, a day restricted to racehorses bred in the state, is Sunday at Canterbury Park, offering the most purse money in event history.
The prize money for the eight stakes races, which drew 58 entries, will be in excess of $600,000. The Northern Lights Futurity and Northern Lights Debutante offer purses of $100,000 each, an increase of $15,000 over last season.
The Sprint, Distaff Sprint, Distaff Classic and Classic will offer $75,000 purses, also $15,000 more than last year.