The top-ranked Gophers volleyball team swept Northwestern on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion, taking a 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 victory to begin a challenging week.

The Gophers (13-2, 5-1 Big Ten) hit .322 to .172 for Northwestern (7-11, 0-6) and had nine blocks to the Wildcats’ three.

The Gophers will play No. 2 Wisconsin on Wednesday in Madison and No. 21 Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing.

Gophers get soccer shutout

The Gophers soccer team posted its fifth shutout in Big Ten Conference games, beating Nebraska 3-0 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.