Gophers volleyball tops Northwestern in four sets

The Gophers volleyball team got 25 kills and nine digs from Taylor Landfair to rally to a four-set victory over Northwestern on Sunday, winning 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.

Melani Shaffmaster added 43 assists and 12 digs, and Mckenna Wucherer had a double double with 11 kills and 11 digs for Minnesota.

As a team, Minnesota hit .240 with 56 kills, 11 blocks, 56 digs and seven aces, while Northwestern hit .190 with 56 kills, nine blocks, 66 digs and nine aces.

Julia Sangiacomo had 16 kills with four digs to lead the Wildcats.

The Gophers improved to 12-10 overall and 8-6 in the Big Ten with their sixth victory in eight matches. That moves Minnesota into a tie for fifth in the Big Ten, just one game out of third place.

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