The No. 1-ranked Gophers volleyball team plays at No. 15 Penn State at 6 p.m. Wednesday, a place it rarely has success. Minnesota’s last win on the Nittany Lions’ home court was in 2004.

Both teams are 4-0 in Big Ten matches, tied for first place with Wisconsin.

The Gophers, 12-1 overall, swept Penn State (12-3) last November at the Sports Pavilion, but are 9-45 all-time against the Nittany Lions.

PSU is hitting .309, fifth best in the nation; the Gophers are next at .308. Sophomore setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson of Minnesota ranks second nationally in assists per set at 11.9.

Schmitz leads

Sammy Schmitz of Stone-Ridge Golf Club shot a 2-over 74 Tuesday at Medina Golf and Country Club for a two-shot lead in the 29th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship. He has a 36-hole total of 142.

Two shots back is Jim Lehman of Windsong Farm at 144. Will Hickey, Ben Greve and Troy Johnson are a shot behind Lehman. Those three played their second round at Baker National Golf Course.

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• Three Minnesotans will wear the “C” or “A” for Omaha this season. Coach Dean Blais, a Minnesota native himself, announced that senior forward Justin Parizek of Lakeville will be the Mavericks captain and juniors Luc Snuggerud, a defenseman from Eden Prairie, and Tyler Vesel, a forward from Rochester, will be the alternate captains.

• Ex-Gopher Heather Kampf, of Minneapolis, won the Navy Mile on Sunday in Washington, D.C., in 4 minutes, 37.86 seconds.