The Gophers' 15-match winning streak in volleyball is over.

No. 3-ranked Minnesota lost in five sets to No. 15 Purdue after dropping the first two sets in West Lafayette, Ind., and saving nine match points in a marathon third.

The set scores in the Boilermakers' fifth win in a row: 25-22, 25-19, 32-34, 19-25, 15-9.

With two regular-season matches left, the Gophers (24-4, 16-2 Big Ten) still hold a one-game lead in the conference race over second-place Nebraska, which beat Michigan 3-1 to improve to 15-3.

Hannah Tapp led the Gophers with 22 kills and hit .513. Daly Santana had 21 kills and 16 digs.

Two top-20 finishes

The Gophers men's cross-country team finished 19th in the NCAA meet in Louisville with 464 points. Its top two runners were Obsa Ali and Adam Zutz, who finished 91st and 94th.

Syracuse captured the NCAA team title while Oregon's Edward Cheserek won his third straight individual title.

In the women's meet, the Gophers were 18th with 471 points led by Liz Berkholtz, who placed 44th, and Haley Johnson, who was 72nd.

New Mexico took the team title; Notre Dame's Molly Seidel won the individual crown.

Bismarck runner wins

University of Mary's Alexis Zeis, a sophomore from Bismarck, N.D., won the NCAA Division II women's title in Joplin, Mo., taking first by three-tenths of a second.

Minnesota Duluth finished eighth among teams, paced by 29th- and 30th-place finishes by Emilee Trost and Breanna Colbenson.

In the men's meet, Augustana finished seventh, led by Glen Ellingson in 11th.

• St. Olaf took fourth in the men's Division III meet in Winneconne, Wis., as juniors Jake Campbell and Paul Escher finished just over a second apart in fifth and sixth place. Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the team title. In the women's race, senior Ruth Steinke of Carleton placed fifth.

U diver sweeps golds

Diver Yu Zhou of the Gophers won her third gold medal at the Georgia Tech Invitational by finishing first in the platform event — more than 70 points higher than the runner-up.

She won the 1- and 3-meter events earlier.

Minnesota's Manny Pollard was second in the men's platform event.


• Northwestern (St. Paul) lost 10-7 to the Southwest Assemblies of God University in the National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl in Waxahachie, Texas. The Eagles (8-3) scored with 3:49 left on Grant Schoen's 16-yard touchdown pass to Cody Carlson.

• Winona State, the sixth seed, beat second-seeded Southwest Minnesota State 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 18-25, 15-10 in the semifinals of the NSIC volleyball tournament at Concordia (St. Paul). Taylor Goar led the Warriors with 14 kills and 15 digs while Maria Fruechte had 13 kills and 17 digs. The host Golden Bears beat Minnesota Duluth 25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 14-25, 15-11 in the other semifinal. Riley Hanson had 19 kills and hit .586 for Concordia; teammate Anna Schlaak had 12 kills and 19 digs.