Six-match win streak helps spikers reach No. 13 in polls

Minnesota’s volleyball team moved up seven spots to No. 13 in Monday’s USA Today/AVCA Top 25. The Gophers ranking is their highest since the 2000 season when they finished No. 11 in the final poll.

Minnesota, who was ranked No. 20 last week, finished 2-1 in the Diet Coke Classic which it hosted at the Sports Pavilion last weekend. The Gophers defeated then No. 7 UCLA and Rhode Island, and lost to then No. 9 Northern Iowa.

Minnesota’s win over UCLA was the highest ranked opponent it had defeated since the Gophers knocked off No. 5 UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 5, 1993.

The Big Ten boasts five teams ranked in the Top 25 this week. The conference also features four teams among the top 13 in the nation.

In remaining non-conference matchups, Minnesota hosts No. 20 North Carolina on Sept. 14 in the Nike Classic and plays No. 22 Santa Clara at the Denver Tournament on Sept. 21.

Hall of Fame inductees

university of Minnesota ‘M’ Club and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department will hold the 12th annual Hall of Fame this weekend, Sept. 13-14. Eight former student-athletes, a current head coach, along with long-time supporters of the University will be inducted into the prestigious University of Minnesota ‘M’ Club of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at the Radisson Metrodome on the University campus. The reception begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7 p.m. The cost of the banquet is $75 per person.

The inductees will be recognized in a special halftime ceremony during the football game versus Toledo on the 14th. For more information call the M Club at (952) 929-0444.

Current baseball coach John Anderson, former All-America hockey player Bill Baker, former wrestler Evan Johnson, former golfer Tom Lehman and former football kicker John “Chip” Lohmiller make up the contemporary group.

Arthur “Bill” Davis, Richard “Pinky” McNamara, Paul Mitchell, Erling Platou, Rev. David Lindblom, Margaret Carlson, Charley Walters, Dave Mona and Judge James Rogers will also be inducted.