Gophers volleyball season over after upset loss to Oregon

The Gophers volleyball team lost to Oregon on Friday evening, 3 sets to 1, ending Minnesota’s season short of the 2018 Final Four to be held next weekend at Target Center.

Before Friday’s NCAA regional semifinal, Oregon senior Lindsey Vander Weide noted that the Ducks’ victory earlier this season came on a neutral court — and that she wasn’t worried at all about playing the rematch at Maturi Pavilion, where the Gophers were 61-2 since 2015.

They sagged badly in the third as Oregon roared to a 10-2 lead, hitting .471 in the set as they repeatedly attacked the Gophers in the middle.

In the second set, Oregon picked apart the Gophers’ defense, finding success by placing kills in the middle of the floor and serving well.

Oregon challenged the point, arguing that the ball had hit the floor before Hart got it over the net; the call was reversed, tying the score at 38.

The Gophers struggled to hit over the Oregon block and were vulnerable in the middle of the floor to a relentless Ducks attack.

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