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Shea Rubright

Rubright finding time in Gophers volleyball lineup

March 4, 2021
After not seeing the court in Minnesota’s first four matches, middle blocker Shea Rubright has continued to contribute to the Gophers’ success.
Bethany Hasz runs in the Jack Johnson Women's Gold Race at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Amid a season of uncertainty, Bethany Hasz caps a long journey with Big Ten cross country title

February 25, 2021
After not knowing if there would be a cross country season this year, Bethany Hasz won the individual Big Ten championship in January, the second to do so in women’s program history.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers’ matches against Michigan postponed

February 24, 2021
These matches are the first two to be postponed for Minnesota in the 2021 season.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Samedy, Rollins, Landfair power Gophers volleyball offense

February 22, 2021
Minnesota heads to Nebraska 8-0 and the production from its hitters has powered the team’s success.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers volleyball swept by Nebraska, suffer first loss of the season

February 22, 2021
Minnesota struggled to get in a rhythm early and dropped its first match of the 2021 season.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers start off strong, move to 9-0

February 20, 2021
After dominating the opening set, Minnesota beat the fourth-ranked Huskers to remain undefeated.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers volleyball outlasts Penn State in five

February 15, 2021
Behind Taylor Landfair and Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota completed the series sweep of the Nittany Lions to move to 8-0 in 2021.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Samedy shines, Gophers volleyball beats Penn State to remain undefeated

February 14, 2021
All-American Stephanie Samedy finished with 23 kills to help Minnesota move to 7-0 in the 2021 season.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers’ grit shows in wins without McGraw

February 11, 2021
After the libero left the match Friday at Purdue, Minnesota continued to show its talent and toughness on the volleyball court.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers volleyball fight off Boilermakers, extend winning streak

February 6, 2021
After winning twelve consecutive sets to open the season, Minnesota was forced to five sets twice against Purdue over the weekend.
The Gopher celebrate a sweep over Indiana at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

Shaffmaster adds depth, promising future to Gophers volleyball

February 6, 2021
The freshman setter is making an impact early on for a deep Minnesota team looking to make it back to the Final Four.
Episode 30: Gophers volleyball off to 4-0 start to 2021 campaign

Episode 30: Gophers volleyball off to 4-0 start to 2021 campaign

February 5, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers volleyball team's start to the season, the team's top-ranked recruiting class and what to expect from the team this weekend against Purdue.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers volleyball dominant at service line, take down Terps

February 1, 2021
Minnesota has won every set played thus far, as the team moved to 4-0 in the second weekend of play.
Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball to earn a point for the Gophers in Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 24. The Gophers won against Michigan State Spartans with a score of 3-0.

Gophers volleyball take series with Michigan State

January 24, 2021
Led by opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota swept the Spartans to open up the season 2-0.
Outside hitter Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The Gophers swept South Carolina in all three sets.

Gophers volleyball sweeps Spartans in season opener

January 23, 2021
After a 401-day hiatus, Minnesota took down Michigan State to open up the Big Ten season opener in three sets.
Outside hitter Alexis Hart jumps to spike the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 7, 2019. The Gophers were upset by Oregon, losing 3 sets to 1. 

An unusual spring season awaits Gophers volleyball

January 18, 2021
After not playing a fall season, Minnesota and the rest of the Big Ten will begin a conference-only spring season in January.
Gophers linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin follows the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Gophers fall in overtime matchup to Badgers

December 19, 2020
In a game of both teams throwing punches, it was Wisconsin who did just enough to secure the win and keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison.
Thomas Barber and Coney Durr tackle Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 10 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat the Boilermakers 41-10.

Gophers’ finale highlights 2020 oddity more than closure

December 11, 2020
Minnesota has been faced with several challenges it never saw before during this shortened football season.
The Gopher and Wolverine lines clash at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Canceled Gophers games loom large as championship week approaches

December 2, 2020
Minnesota was not in contention for the Big Ten championship game, but the cancellation against Wisconsin significantly changed the outlook for the championship.
Thomas Barber and Coney Durr tackle Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 10 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat the Boilermakers 41-10.

Gophers football canceled against Northwestern

November 30, 2020
Minnesota will not play in two consecutive weeks due to rising COVID-19 cases, but still hopes to play in the final week of the season at Nebraska.
Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, Nov. 13. The Gophers fell to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 35-7.

Gophers survive against Purdue after questionable penalty

November 20, 2020
Minnesota almost blew an 11-point lead but were saved by an offensive pass interference penalty followed by an interception.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan prepares to launch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Penalties, ‘inconsistency’ quickly halts Gophers

November 13, 2020
Minnesota falls to 0-4 against Iowa under Fleck.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan prepares to launch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Gophers notch first win behind Ibrahim’s second straight 4 TD game

November 7, 2020
The Gophers have finally earned a win, playing much improved defense and balanced offense in a 41-14 route of Illinois.
Episode 27: Defensive struggles hurt Minnesota in its first two games

Episode 27: Defensive struggles hurt Minnesota in its first two games

November 5, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers early season defensive woes, special team's struggles and how the team can get back on track Saturday against Illinois.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan prepares to launch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Gophers look to improve execution against Maryland

October 30, 2020
After struggling in its first game of the season against Michigan, the Gophers are looking to execute better on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field.
Episode 26: Gophers football: From Michigan to Maryland

Episode 26: Gophers football: From Michigan to Maryland

October 30, 2020
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers first game of the season against Maryland, the team's defensive struggles and what to expect this weekend against Maryland.
A Gophers football player watches from the sidelines during a game on Sept. 16, 2017.

Gophers’ defensive back Sapp decides to transfer

October 29, 2020
The junior cornerback has already gained interest from Northern Iowa and UNC-Charlotte.
Gophers head coach PJ Fleck walks the sidelines at TCF Bank stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Miscues, defensive inexperience costs Gophers in opener

October 24, 2020
In a game to claim the Little Brown Jug, Minnesota failed to stop Michigan’s rushing attack from start to finish.
Episode 25: A look at Michigan

Episode 25: A look at Michigan

October 22, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses Michigan, the Gophers' football team's first opponent of the 2020 season. Michigan will try to keep the Little Brown Jug when it travels to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. 
Episode 24: Previewing Gopher football

Episode 24: Previewing Gopher football

October 16, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the upcoming Gophers football season and the team's current position in the AP rankings.
Episode 22: Bateman is back for the Gophers

Episode 22: Bateman is back for the Gophers

October 8, 2020
In this episode of "The Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses Rashod Bateman's return and what both the Gophers offense and defense might look like in the upcoming season.
Gophers football players sit on the sidelines during a game at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 3, 2015.

Some Gopher football players remain undecided about 2020 return

October 7, 2020
Head coach P.J. Fleck has not said who is still contemplating whether to return to the team.
Gophers Wide Receiver Rashod Bateman carries the ball at the 2020 Outback Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 1.  The Gophers went on to take the game 31-24 over the Auburn Tigers.

Bateman able to return to Gophers in 2020

September 30, 2020
Gophers star receiver Rashod Bateman’s eligibility was restored by the NCAA after his initial opt out of the 2020 season.
Former UMN student-athlete carving out path in sport apparel

Former UMN student-athlete carving out path in sport apparel

September 25, 2020
Sarah Klecker, who competed in cross country and track and field at the U, has designed apparel for wheelchair racing and even running in the frozen tundra.
Evan Yoder prepares to enter the water to compete against the University of Florida at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Friday, Oct. 11.

After long hiatus, Gophers’ swim and dive is back in the pool

September 23, 2020
While the status of meets is still unknown, the Gophers’ swimming and diving teams are back in the pool and preparing for their next opportunity.
Fourth-year Jackson Allen returns the ball on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Cuts leave tennis players frustrated, disappointed with athletics department

September 14, 2020
Men’s tennis was one of three sports proposed for cuts alongside men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and men’s gymnastics.
Gophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl launches a pitch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers thankful to play summer baseball

September 9, 2020
In total, 27 players competed in developmental or local leagues.
Gophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl launches a pitch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers thankful to play summer baseball

September 8, 2020

As spring turned to summer, the pessimism about playing summer baseball continued to grow for Gophers baseball players. For collegiate players, the inability to play would be quite the disappointment....

Redshirt Junior Owen Hoeft approaches an intersection with his teammates at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Friday, Sep. 6, 2019. Both Men's and Women's teams earned first place in the meet. 

Canceled season brings challenges, opportunities for cross country

September 7, 2020

How Minnesota coaches and runners felt after hearing the 2020 cross country season was canceled can be summed by one simple phrase: disappointed but understanding. "It was a disappointment," men's head...

Gopher women's cross country prepares to run the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2019.

Women’s cross country has high hopes for 2020 fall season

May 5, 2020

The status of fall collegiate sports is still up in the air, but the Minnesota women's cross country team is poised for a successful 2020 season, if it is to take place. Last season, the Gophers finished...

The Gophers begin their race at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Both Men's and Women's teams earned first place in the meet. 

For Hopkins, the pandemic presents an unusual, challenging time to be a coach

May 5, 2020

For Sarah Hopkins, Gophers women's cross country head coach, the last few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic have been like running a marathon without knowing when the finish line will be. "Marathons are...

Forward Destiny Pitts looks to pass the ball through a defender at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Gophers fell to Missouri State 69-77.

Former Gopher Destiny Pitts chooses Texas A&M

May 3, 2020

Former Gophers' women's basketball guard Destiny Pitts announced Saturday that she will be transferring to Texas A&M. The decision comes almost four months after Pitts entered the transfer portal after...

Coach Lindsay Whalen watches a play intently at the Gopher women's basketball practice on Monday, Oct. 9, 2018 in the Cunningham Basketball Performance Center.

Gophers have roster depth, flexibility heading into 2020-21

April 30, 2020

Over a month has passed since the end of the women's basketball season, but the Gophers' roster for 2020-21 is already forming into shape. Depth became somewhat of an issue for Minnesota toward the end...

Gophers Pitcher Bubba Horton throws a pitch at U.S Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

Summer plans in limbo for Gophers baseball players

April 27, 2020

Baseball is one of the quintessential activities of every summer. Without the freshly cut grass, the 3-2 counts and the crack of the bat, it would not feel like summer. But with the cancellation of the...

Coach Lindsay Whalen watches a play intently at the Gopher women's basketball practice on Monday, Oct. 9, 2018 in the Cunningham Basketball Performance Center.

Gophers women’s basketball adds JUCO transfer for 2020-21

April 20, 2020

The Gopher women's basketball team continues its busy offseason of roster additions, signing Daja Woodard as a junior college transfer. Woodard will be joining the Gophers after playing two seasons at...

Outfielder Otto Grimm rounds third base during the Gophers' 7-6 win against Texas Christian University at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23.

After overcoming injuries, Gophers’ outfielder Grimm faced with another obstacle in COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Otto Grimm's time with the Gophers baseball team has been an uphill battle. Growing up in Bemidji, Minnesota, Grimm dreamed of taking the field for the Gophers. While he had a local option to play college...

Courtesy of Kelly Hagenson/University of Minnesota Athletics.

Joshua Culliver rehabbing arm after shortened season

April 16, 2020

The Gopher baseball season ended abruptly about a month ago, but the season was over earlier for junior pitcher Joshua Culliver. In February, head coach John Anderson announced Culliver's season ended...

University continuing sale of fall season tickets

April 8, 2020

With questions circling regarding the status of fall collegiate sports, the university athletics ticket office is continuing the sale and renewal of season tickets. Like many businesses, the ticket office...

Head coach Lindsay Whalen reacts to a scored point at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The Gophers fell to Missouri State 69-77.

Gophers add another transfer to women’s basketball roster

April 6, 2020

Despite the current conditions, the Gophers women's basketball team has been busy this offseason, adding another transfer to their roster. Forward Kayla Mershon announced her decision on Instagram to leave...

Coach Lindsay Whalen prepares to blow the whistle during Gopher women's basketball's annual exhibition versus the men's scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Williams Arena.

Gophers women’s basketball face new challenges with pandemic

April 6, 2020

While many winter and spring sports teams across the country saw their seasons end abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gophers women's basketball season ended differently than other teams. In fact,...