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Minnesota defeats North Dakota, advances to round two

Minnesota defeats North Dakota, advances to round two
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The University of Minnesota volleyball team defeated North Dakota in three sets on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Minnesota Gophers advance to the second round of the NCAA Volleyball finals with a three-set win over the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota.  The Gophers remain unbeaten this year at home and will face Hawaii on Saturday, the winner will advance to the round of 16.

Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) returns a serve at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) returns a serve at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Alyssa Goehner (5) returns a serve while Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) looks on at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Alyssa Goehner (5) returns a serve while Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) looks on at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Gopher teamwork at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Gopher teamwork at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota middle blocker Hannah Tapp (7) and Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) with another block at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota middle blocker Hannah Tapp (7) and Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) with another block at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Alexis Hart (19) leaps to make a play at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Alexis Hart (19) leaps to make a play at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) serving at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) serving at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

North Dakota middle hitter Faith Dooley (13) ttys to get one over Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

North Dakota middle hitter Faith Dooley (13) ttys to get one over Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Laura Tietz and Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon confer at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Laura Tietz and Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon confer at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Alexis Hart (19) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) put up a strong defense at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota outside hitter Alexis Hart (19) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) put up a strong defense at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Gophers were strong at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Gophers were strong at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

The Pav was packed at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

The Pav was packed at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) send one back the Fighting Hawks at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) send one back the Fighting Hawks at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Fighting Hawks fans at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

Fighting Hawks fans at the 2016 NCAA first round on December 2, 2016 between the Minnesota golden Gophers and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at at The Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

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