Minnesota’s volleyball team started its belated season with a match win over Michigan State on Saturday. The seventh-ranked Gophers swept the first of back-to-back matches against the Spartans, 25-18, 26-24, 25-16.
The Gophers were led Adanna Rollins, who finished with 15 kills and hit .519, as they started their 22-game, Big Ten-only season at Maturi Pavilion. Taylor Landfair had 10 kills in her collegiate debut, and Stephanie Samedy added nine.
Regan Pittman and Katie Myers each had four blocks, while CC McGraw led the team with 13 digs. Melani Shaffmaster had 29 assists, four kills, two aces and six digs.
Playing in their first competition in 401 days, the Gophers had 46 kills, hit .384, had eight blocks, two aces and 44 digs. Their 2019-20 season was canceled by in mid-March, and this season was pushed into January because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michigan State had 38 kills, six aces, one block, 39 digs and was limited to a 15 percent hitting clip. The teams will meet again on Sunday at Maturi Pavilion. The match is on BTN-plus and FOX 9-plus.