OMAHA, Neb. – The Gophers volleyball season ended prematurely due to an unlikely opponent.
Pittsburgh, which was not sown in the 48-team NCAA tournament, took a five-set victory over Minnesota, number 3, in a regional semifinal game on Sunday afternoon.
The Gophers were in control of the first half of the game, climbing two sets to one, but the Panthers rallied to win the final two sets.
Pittsburgh improved to 19-4 and reached the first NCAA regional final with their 15th win in a row. The Panthers defeated Long Island University 3-0 in the first round and defeated Utah 3-0 in the second round.
Stephanie Samedy led the Gophers with 23 kills in 60 tries on Sunday, their fifth 20-plus match of the season. Taylor Landfair added 15 kills and Adanna Rollins had 14.
Samedy finished her senior year with 1,485 career kills, ranking 10th all-time in gopher history. She led the Gophers in kills for the past four seasons.
Pittman finished her senior Redshirt season with 502 career blocks. She also garnered a percentage of 0.356 career hits and had 902 career kills. She ranks eighth all-time among gophers in career blocks and ranks third in terms of percentage of career hits.
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