Minnesota volleyball vs. Winthrop pregame notes

Thanks for bearing with us as we once again post here until our blog is ready. Guest analyst Krista Chin won’t be joining us for this afternoon match, but will return tonight as Minnesota finishes the tournament with a match against North Carolina at 7:30. Around the tournament so far, Winthrop has lost to North Carolina in four sets, and TCU just beat the Tar Heels in a close five-set match. Minnesota topped TCU last night, despite some struggles passing an aggressive serve. Looking at the match today, freshman setter Alex Blatt took on most of the setting duties during warm-ups. Against Wintrop, possibly the weakest team in the tournament, she may see a large chunk of time, as may senior outside hitter Katie Vatterrodt and freshman middle blocker Ariana Filho. Another interesting note is that senior setter Rachel Hartmann was taking some swings on the right side today. It probably was nothing more than something to do to pass the time for her, but the hits didn’t look bad. STARTING LINEUP S Alex Blatt DS Jessica Granquist OH Hailey Cowles OH Katie Vatterrodt MB Lauren Gibbemeyer MB Ariana Filho L Christine Tan An interesting choice, as the Gophers have just four regular starters on the floor, three of which will be starting in their regular positions.