Gopher volleyball suffers first defeat of the season, losing to No. 19 Kentucky


The University of Minnesota Gopher volleyball team lost its first match of the season Saturday night against No. 19 Kentucky on the road in Lexington.

The loss was Minnesota’s first of the season, dropping the No. 4 Gophers to 8-1. Kentucky is 6-3 following the upset, which was played on its home turf.

The match was the second game of the Bluegrass Battle for the Gophers, who had defeated Louisville in straight sets the night before.

Kentucky was Minnesota’s first ranked opponent of the season. The Gophers will play Rhode Island and New Hampshire on Friday at the Dartmouth Tournament.

In Other News…

  • The Gopher women’s soccer team improved their season mark to 7-1-0 heading in to Big Ten play. They defeated Jacksonville 3-0 on Sunday and will play Indiana next weekend.
  • Ra’Shede Hageman had his biggest game of the year on Saturday, totaling six tackles, two for losses, one blocked extra point and as well as his first sack of the season, which he accomplished without the aid of his helmet.
  • Jerry Kill was home with his family two hours after the Gophers game ended on Saturday, according to defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys. He doesn’t expect Kill to miss any time due to the seizure.

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