The No. 5 Gophers volleyball team defeated Ohio State 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 on Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio, with a balanced attack and strong defense.

Stephanie Samedy had 16 kills for Minnesota (18-2, 7-2 Big Ten), Alexis Hart 11, Jasmyn Martin nine and Regan Pittman eight. The Gophers hit .274, led by Pittman’s .467, in winning their sixth consecutive match.

Molly Lohman had only four kills for Minnesota but she led the team in blocks with five and aces with three.

The Buckeyes (11-9, 4-5) hit .137. Ashley Wenz led OSU in kills with 10.

U wrestlers No. 6

The Gophers wrestling team is ranked No. 6 in InterMat’s dual meet rankings and No. 7 in its tournament rankings.

The website also ranks five Gophers among the top 10 at their weights: Ethan Lizak is No. 4 at 125 pounds, Mitch McKee at 133 and Tommy Thorn at 141 are both No. 6, Northern Illinois transfer Steve Bleise is No. 7 at 149, and Jake Short is No. 10 at 157.

Lizak was 30-7 last year and reached the NCAA final at his weight.

Minnesota opens its dual meet season against Air Force on Nov. 12 at Maturi Pavilion.


• Ray Crump Sr., who was the equipment manager for the Twins from 1961 to 1984, died Wednesday, according to his son Ray Jr. He was 81. After leaving the Twins, Crump operated Dome Souvenirs Plus.

• Northwestern (St. Paul) volleyball coach Beth Wilmeth got her 350 career victory Tuesday night when the Eagles (27-4, 14-0) beat Wisconsin-Superior 25-13, 25-23, 25-13.

• Penn State hockey player Nate Sucese was suspended for one game by the Big Ten Conference for an incident that occurred one minute into the third period Sunday in the Nittany Lions’ 6-3 road loss to the Gophers. The sophomore forward was not called for a penalty during the game, but after review, league officials deemed his hit illegal.

• Bemidji State is ranked third in the first of three NCAA women’s soccer Central Region rankings. Minnesota State Mankato is third and Augustana fourth. The top six teams in the region will advance to the NCAA region tournament, starting Nov. 10 and 12.