UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The rematch was all Minnesota.
The No. 10 Oregon volleyball team lost for the second time this week to a top-10 team when No. 8 Minnesota avenged last year's NCAA Tournament regional semifinal loss with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-19 win Friday in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge at Penn State.
A year ago, the Ducks (2-2) shocked the Golden Gophers (3-2) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis before losing to Nebraska in the regional final.
On Friday, Minnesota held Oregon to hitting percentages of .056 and .057 in sets two and three, respectively, in getting the sweep.
Oregon had leads of 10-7 and 13-10 in the first set, but Minnesota took control of the game with an 8-0 run for an 18-13 advantage. Oregon did pull within 23-22 and 24-23 but couldn't re-take the lead and Minnesota clinched the set on a service error.
The Ducks led 8-5 and 9-6 in game two, but it was all Minnesota after that. Oregon trailed 7-6 in the third set when the Golden Gophers ran off seven straight points to take control. Oregon did reel off a 6-0 run after trailing 24-13 but Minnesota clinched the set and match on another service error.
Brooke Nuneviller had 12 kills for Oregon and Ronika Stone added nine, but hit only .027. Kylie Robinson handed out 29 assists, and Nuneviller added 13 digs.
Stephanie Samedy and Alexis Hart had 14 and 12 kills, respectively, for Minneota.