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Senior Marino Alpeza competes in his singles match on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

Gophers end season in first round of the NCAA Tournament

Published May 6, 2019

It was uncertain how far the Gophers men's tennis team would go this year after losing their top two players last season. Despite the losses, the Gophers qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third...

Senior Marino Alpeza competes in his singles match on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

Trust in himself has led to success for senior Marino Alpeza

Published May 2, 2019

Newfound consistent playing is key to the success of one Gopher's tennis player. After a three-year rollercoaster ride that fluctuated between great highs and lows for men’s tennis player Marino Alpeza,...

Sophomore Jackson Allen returns the ball on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

After promising start, the Gophers fall in second round of the Big Ten Tournament

Published April 29, 2019

The Gophers' Big Ten tournament run came to an end against the No. 1 team, but not before a victory against a border rival. For the Minnesota men's tennis team, it started off with a promising win in the...

Senior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of Montana at the Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 2.

As playing career ends, Caitlyn Merzbacher hopes to start new chapter as coach

Published April 25, 2019

After the end of her collegiate career, tennis will still be an active part of senior Caitlyn Merzbacher's life. Merzbacher's next chapter in her lifelong tennis journey will just be starting as she prepares...

Senior Marino Alpeza competes in his singles match on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

Gophers fall in the final two regular season matches of the year

Published April 23, 2019

The Gophers' (15-8, 4-7 Big Ten) effort proved to be not enough this weekend against Illinois and Northwestern. Minnesota lost to Illinois 5-2 and then to Northwestern 4-3 at the Baseline Tennis Center. "Its...

Gophers women’s tennis finish off the regular season with three straight victories at home over the weekend

Published April 22, 2019

It was senior weekend at the Baseline Tennis Center for Minnesota's women's tennis team. And it was a successful won as the Gophers concluded the regular season by winning not two, but three straight matches...

Sophomore Vlad Lobak prepares to return the ball on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

Mental growth helps Vlad Lobak exceed expectations in second season

Published April 18, 2019

When he first arrived to the United States and the University of Minnesota, sophomore Vlad Lobak was expecting to immediately step into a high spot in the men's tennis lineup. Unfortunately for the Ukrainian,...

Fans cheer on Gopher volleyball on Dec. 1, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.

Major changes coming to Maturi Pavilion

Published April 18, 2019

After being renamed in 2017, Maturi Pavilion is in for more significant changes this summer. University of Minnesota Athletics recently announced that a major renovation project to Maturi Pavilion had...

Junior Tina Kreinis returns the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, April 12.

Gophers finish the weekend 1-1 against two ranked opponents

Published April 15, 2019

The Gophers' women's tennis team knew this weekend would be a challenging one as they prepared to take on No. 29 Northwestern and No. 34 Illinois. Minnesota came prepared and battled all the way back from...

Senior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

Gophers finish Michigan road trip by downing the Michigan State Spartans

Published April 15, 2019

The Gophers hit the road this weekend and made two stops in Michigan.  On Sunday, Minnesota was in East Lansing, Michigan, to take on Michigan State a day after falling to the University of Michigan....

Gophers extend volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon

Published April 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota's athletic department and Gophers volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon agreed to a contract extension Wednesday morning. Full details of the contract are currently unknown,...

Junior Stefan Milicevic competes in his singles match on Friday, April 5th, 2019.

Tennis: Men sweep, women swept in weekend matches

Published April 8, 2019

Both of the Gophers' tennis programs had two duals to play over the weekend, with the men's team winning two and the women's team losing two. The men's team stayed in Minneapolis over the weekend and walked...

Junior Barbara Mancera returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

As Bita Mancera’s tennis days are coming to an end, growth is evident

Published April 4, 2019

There's no senior slide for one Gophers student-athlete. Since the Minnesota women's tennis team (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten) concluded their 2018 season last spring, senior Bita Mancera realized her tennis career...

Junior Eli Ogilvy returns the ball on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

Despite hot start, Gophers drop fourth-straight conference match

Published April 2, 2019

Although the No. 35 Minnesota men's tennis team (12-5, 1-4 Big Ten) began the season on fire, the momentum from their non-conference schedule has not transferred over after dropping their fourth consecutive...

Senior Josip Krstanovic competes in his singles match on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

Josip Krstanovic steps into important role for Gophers

Published March 28, 2019

After the Gophers' men's tennis team lost both their No. 1 and No. 2 singles players to graduation a year ago, Josip Krstanovic knew his role during his senior season was going to increase drastically. "We...

Redshirt senior Ethan Lizak at 133 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Four Gophers wrestlers reach All-American status at NCAA Tournament

Published March 25, 2019

As eight members of Minnesota’s wrestling program traveled to Pittsburgh for the NCAA Tournament over the weekend, four of them left as All-Americans. For Mitch McKee at 141, Devin Skatzka at 174 and...

Senior Josip Krstanovic competes in his singles match on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. 

Gophers men’s tennis drop two conferences matches over the weekend

Published March 25, 2019

Although the University of Minnesota's men's tennis team kicked off the Big Ten season with a victory last weekend, they dropped two consecutive matches to Iowa and Nebraska in week two.  "After two...

Gophers win one and lose one over the weekend

Published March 25, 2019

Minnesota's women's tennis team came away with a .500 record this weekend, beating Indiana at home and falling to Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Gophers' (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten) weekend began at...

Sophomore Camila Vargas Gomez cheers at Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017. The Gophers played against the University of Wisconsin.

Gophers’ sweep two opponents on East Coast trip, extending their winning streak

Published March 18, 2019

The Gophers continued their success from last weekend with two victories against conference opponents this weekend. The Gophers (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten) took an east coast trip to start the year, as they opened...

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. 

Gophers take special trip to Japan

Published March 14, 2019

While many students from across the country are heading somewhere tropical for spring break, the Gophers volleyball team has a special spring break trip of its own. The team will be training and competing...

Gable Steveson stands on the podium after receiving his second place award on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Steveson lost the match against Anthony Cassar of Penn State 4-3.

Seven Gophers wrestlers place in Big Ten tournament

Published March 12, 2019

The Gophers wrestling team (14-3, 7-2 Big Ten) walked away from the Big Ten wrestling Championship with their heads held high, as six wrestlers placed in the top five leading to 101.5 points and a fourth...

Redshirt junior Carson Brolsma competes during the match against the University of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers prepare for Big Ten tournament after three weeks off

Published March 7, 2019

For the first time since 2008, the Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be hosted in Minnesota.  While the conference season concluded the last weekend in February for the rest of the Big Ten, the...

Senior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of Montana at the Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Gopher’s men’s tennis sweeps at home, while women’s team loses

Published March 5, 2019

The Gophers men's tennis (11-1), who just had a weekend off, came back right where they left off as they hosted and swept both the University of Washington and Drake University. "It's nice to cap off the...

Sophomore opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy eyes the ball as she serves during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. The Gophers beat Northwestern in all three sets.

Gophers volleyball players travel to Colorado with national team ambitions

Published March 4, 2019

Although the college volleyball season is seven months away, many of the Gophers volleyball team are back in action this weekend in hopes of being selected to the USA National Collegiate Team. Thirteen...

Junior Ryan Zuhlsdorf skates away from the Gophers goal during the game against Arizona State on Friday, March 1 at 3M at Mariucci Arena. 

Minnesota’s power play attack leads the way to upset No. 12 Arizona State

Published March 2, 2019

In the first ever match-up between the Minnesota men's hockey team and No. 12 Arizona State, the Gophers came out on top, upsetting ASU (21-11-1), 5-1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci Friday night. The Gophers...

Gophers’ women’s tennis drops two in Wisconsin over the weekend

Published February 25, 2019

Although there were some bright spots during a weekend trip in Madison, Wisconsin for the Gophers' women's tennis team (5-5, 0-1 Big Ten), the team ultimately walked away with two losses. Even though the...

Redshirt junior Devin Skatzka at 174 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers newcomer Devin Skatzka continues to impress after downing his former team

Published February 21, 2019

As the No. 13 in the 174-weight class, Devin Skatzka's transition to the Gophers has been nearly flawless. Skatzka transferred to Minnesota after a three-year stint at Indiana University. He matched up...

Luke Becker and Steve Bleise practice in the current wrestling space in Bierman Athletic complex. The University wrestling team received donations to move from their current practice facility to previous basketball practice facilities.

Gophers wrestling’s final home dual canceled

Published February 20, 2019

The No. 8 Gophers wrestling team's (14-3, 7-2)  final regular season dual, which was scheduled to be held on Thursday at Northrop Auditorium, was canceled Wednesday due to the recent inclement winter...

Gable Steveson competes during the match against the University of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat Maryland 45-0.

Gophers nearly flawless wrestling buries Indiana

Published February 19, 2019

For the second straight week, the Gophers' wrestling team dominated a conference opponent. This time, the Gophers took down the Indiana Hoosiers, walking away with nine individual match victories, including...

Freshman Gabe Kalscheur dribbles to the lane at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Accurate shooting and staunch defense help Gophers snap losing streak

Published February 18, 2019

Minnesota got back into the win column Saturday after beating the struggling Indiana Hoosiers 84-63.  The win snapped the Gophers' (17-9, 7-8 Big Ten) four-game losing streak that they had coming...

Luke Becker and Steve Bleise practice in the current wrestling space in Bierman Athletic complex. The University wrestling team received donations to move from their current practice facility to previous basketball practice facilities.

Four wrestlers shine after weight class jump

Published February 13, 2019

With only two weeks remaining in the regular season before the No. 7 Gophers (13-3, 6-2) host the Big Ten Championships, there are a lot of bright spots for the team.  One such spot is the success...

Freshman Gable Steveson competes during the match against the University of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat Maryland 45-0.

Gophers finish the weekend 1-1

Published February 11, 2019

The Gophers (13-3, 6-2 Big Ten) wrestling team dominated the Maryland Terrapins 45-0 Sunday, bouncing back after falling to Nebraska on Friday.  The win is the first shut-out for the Gophers in a...

Freshman Daniel Oturu takes the jump ball at the beginning of the game on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at Williams Arena. The gophers beat Utah 78-69.

Poor shooting, second chances bury the Gophers

Published February 7, 2019

As the Gophers team looked for its first sweep over border rival No.19 Wisconsin(17-6, 9-3 Big Ten) in a decade, poor shooting, a handful of second chance opportunities and fouls derailed the Gophers'...

Sean Russell takes Steve Polakowski at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 3 in Minneapolis.

In his first year with Minnesota, Sean Russell has taken charge as a leader

Published February 7, 2019

It is not often that one of the newest additions to a collegiate athletics team is someone who has four-years of prior experience. Sean Russell (19-3), the No. 6 wrestler in the 125-weight class is just...

Freshman Jackson Allen returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

Gophers’ southern road trip results in two victories

Published February 4, 2019

The Gophers men’s tennis team (5-1) took a road-trip down south to Alabama over the weekend and came out with two victories over SEC opponents.  “I thought we played well pretty much up and down...

Minnesotas Tommy Thorn takes on a Purdues Parker Filius at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Gophers wrestling returns home with a victory

Published February 4, 2019

The No. 7 Gophers (12-2, 5-1 Big Ten) wrestling team dominated the Purdue Boilermakers in the team’s first dual at Maturi Pavilion in three weeks.  “I thought our guys came out with a lot of energy...

Luke Becker and Steve Bleise practice in the current wrestling space in Bierman Athletic complex. The University wrestling team received donations to move from their current practice facility to previous basketball practice facilities.

Now in his second year, Gophers wrestler Steve Bleise feels right at home

Published January 31, 2019

One year after arriving in Dinkytown from Illinois, Gophers wrestler Steve Bleise is starting to feel right at home.  Bleise transferred to the University of Minnesota from Northern Illinois last...

Freshman Gable Steveson at 197 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers wrestling wins big in Madison

Published January 26, 2019

No. 7 Minnesota (11-2, 4-1 Big Ten) wrestling team traveled to Madison with one goal: a victory.  In the 97th meeting between the two border rivals, the Gophers continued the athletic department's...

Mitch McKee warms up during practice at the new Gopher Wrestling Training Facility on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Mitch McKee is back and better than ever after his third torn meniscus

Published January 24, 2019

Wrestling is brutal on the body; it’s common for wrestlers to participate while dealing with aches and pains. Junior Mitch McKee has taken this to the extreme, fighting back from severe injury to quickly...

Freshman Gable Steveson at 197 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers bounce back with two victories in Illinois

Published January 21, 2019

Minnesota's wrestling team (10-2, 3-1 Big Ten) got back on the winning path in Illinois over the weekend as the Gophers toppled Illinois 26-15 Friday, and Northwestern 29-12 Sunday afternoon.  “It...

Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson composes herself at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 7. The Gophers were upset by number fifteen seed Oregon, losing 3 sets to 1.

Gophers upset in Sweet Sixteen

Published December 8, 2018

The dream of playing for a championship in Minneapolis ended Friday as the Gophers' volleyball team was eliminated in the Sweet Sixteen after being upset by Oregon (23-10) in four sets: 25-21, 41-39, 25-14...

Freshman libero CC McGraw serves the ball during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Gophers beat Northwestern in all three sets.

Two freshmen help anchor Gophers’ championship dream

Published December 6, 2018

The Gophers volleyball team is headed to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth-consecutive season, but two true freshmen have made their presence felt all season. Libero C.C. McGraw and outside hitter Adanna...

Redshirt sophomore Regan Pittman celebrates a point earned with her team at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Gophers swept South Carolina in all three sets.

Gophers dancing their way to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth straight year

Published December 2, 2018

For the fourth straight year, the Gophers volleyball team is on their way into the Sweet Sixteen. After a defensive show Friday, it was the offense’s turn to lead the Gophers (27-3) Saturday to a victory...

The Gophers celebrate a sweep over Bryant to start their postseason at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 30.

Minnesota starts the NCAA Tournament with a sweep over Bryant

Published December 1, 2018

Minnesota's (26-3) lock-down defense pushed the Gophers into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  For the fourth straight year, the Gophers began the NCAA Tournament at home. They held Bryant...

Samantha Seliger-Swenson sets the ball during the game against Indiana on Friday, Nov. 9 at Maturi Pavilion.

The path to the Final Four begins Friday as the Gophers look to stay undefeated in Minneapolis

Published November 29, 2018

For the fourth consecutive season, the Gophers volleyball team will open the NCAA tournament at home. On Sunday, in front of more than 100 family members, friends, season ticket holders and boosters in...

Redshirt Junior Taylor Morgan spikes the ball on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Minnesota closes out regular season with a win and loss

Published November 26, 2018

Coming into the final weekend, the Gophers volleyball team was the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten. Although No. 3 Minnesota (25-3, 19-1) dropped one match this weekend, they bounced back Saturday...

Sophomore opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy eyes the ball as she serves during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. The Gophers beat Northwestern in all three sets.

Gophers’ historic winning streak ends at 19

Published November 24, 2018

The Gophers volleyball team's quest to be the first Big Ten team to go undefeated in the regular season since 2009 came to an end Friday when they were topped by No. 7 Penn State (23-6, 14-5 Big Ten) on...

Senior Samantha Seliger-Swenson prepares to serve the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 9. The Gophers swept Indiana 3 sets to none.

A well-rounded team along with an offensive machine brings success to Gopher volleyball

Published November 21, 2018

Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson has been through a lot with Minnesota. The three-time All-American Seliger-Swenson has been to two Final Fours and has been a part of over 100 victories for the Gophers'...

Redshirt Sophomore Regan Pittman jumps to spike the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 9. The Gophers swept Indiana in all three sets.

Gophers clinch third Big Ten Championship after beating Ohio State in five sets

Published November 19, 2018

The Gophers volleyball team seems to be impervious to losing. With one weekend to go in conference play No. 3 Minnesota (24-2, 18-0 Big Ten) clinched the program's third Big Ten championship Saturday as...

Freshman Adanna Rollins jumps to spike the ball at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 9. The Gophers swept Indiana in all three sets.

Gophers continue historic winning streak in Maryland

Published November 17, 2018

The Gophers (23-2, 17-0 Big Ten) just know how to win. No. 3 Minnesota went on to win its 18th consecutive match and 17th in Big Ten play Friday as the Gophers topped Maryland (17-12, 8-9 Big Ten) in four...

Head coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks to players during a time out at Maturi Pavillon on Saturday, Nov 3, 2018. The Gophers won 3-2 against Michigan State.

McCutcheon inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame

Published November 15, 2018

When you think of New Zealand sports, rugby or cricket may come to mind — but not volleyball. On Saturday, the International Volleyball Hall of Fame inducted Gophers volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon...

Samantha Seliger-Swenson sets the ball during the game against Indiana on Friday, Nov. 9 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers continue historic winning streak as they break two team records

Published November 11, 2018

The Gophers (22-2, 16-0 Big Ten) came into Saturday as the only Big Ten team left with an undefeated record in conference play. They came out defeating No. 12 Purdue (21-6, 10-6 Big Ten), extending their...

Samantha Seliger-Swenson sets the ball during the game against Indiana on Friday, Nov. 9 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers continue historic Big Ten start on senior night

Published November 10, 2018

On senior night at Maturi Pavilion, No. 3 Minnesota (21-2, 15-0 Big Ten) extended its historic Big Ten start as it swept Indiana Saturday night.  The Gophers continued their historic Big Ten start...

Junior Alexis Hart hits the ball at Maturi Pavillon on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Gophers won 3-2 against Michigan State and Hart scored her thousandth kill.

Hart surpasses 1,000 kills

Published November 7, 2018

When outside hitter Alexis Hart is not enjoying ribs and sausage from Big T’s Barbeque back home in Kansas City, Missouri, she is spending her time as a dominant hitter for the Gophers volleyball team.  Last...

Junior Alexis Hart hits the ball at Maturi Pavillon on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Gophers won 3-2 against Michigan State and Hart scored her thousandth kill.

Gophers overcome two set losses for match victory

Published November 5, 2018

Things looked dicey for the Gophers near the end of the game, something they're not used to. No. 3 Minnesota (20-2, 14-0 Big Ten) played five sets for the first time all year, and the team went on to win...

Lauren Barnes serves during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. The Gophers beat Northwestern in all three sets.

Barnes’ concentration evident not only in results

Published November 1, 2018

When defensive specialist Lauren Barnes is not watching "Friends" or movies, she's making her presence felt by the opponents of the Gophers’ volleyball team. It’s not often that a defensive specialist...

Freshman Adanna Rollins celebrates after the gophers score against Iowa on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers edge Wisconsin after dropping the first set

Published November 1, 2018

After a first-set spook, the Gophers came back from the dead to beat the Badgers on Halloween night. Big time teams show up for big time games and that’s exactly what No. 3 Minnesota (19-2, 13-0 Big...

Senior Samantha Seliger-Swenson serves the ball on Friday, Oct. 19 at Maturi Pavilion.

Minnesota thumps Michigan for lucky No. 13

Published October 29, 2018

The Gophers looked as if they were fighting for their lives for every point during their 13-game win streak. No. 3 Minnesota (18-2, 12-0 Big Ten) asserted its dominance over No. 12 Michigan (18-5, 7-5...

Regan Pittman serves the ball during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Gophers extend winning streak to 11 in Big Ten play

Published October 27, 2018

The Gophers' dominance shows no sign of letting up. No. 3 Minnesota (17-2, 11-0 Big Ten) extended its winning streak to 12 games. It marks the Gophers' 11th straight Big Ten victory as they swept Michigan...

Stephanie Samedy celebrates after the Gophers scored against Iowa on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Samedy hones skills while leading top volleyball team

Published October 25, 2018

It's hard to be one of the best players on one of the best teams in the nation. It should be almost impossible for an underclassman. Yet halfway through her sophomore year, opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy...

Freshman Adanna Rollins celebrates after the gophers score against Iowa on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers volleyball keeps rolling with win over Nebraska

Published October 21, 2018

The Gophers beat the Cornhuskers Saturday — in volleyball. No. 3 Minnesota (16-2, 10-0 Big Ten) continued its Big Ten dominance as it beat No. 5 Nebraska (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) in four sets in what head...

Junior Alexis Hart celebrates after the gophers scored against Iowa on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers’ Big Ten winning streak continues

Published October 20, 2018

A surge after a slow start kept the volleyball powerhouse undefeated in conference play. No. 3 Minnesota (15-2, 9-0) continued its hot streak as the Gophers have now won nine-straight Big Ten matches and...

Redshirt junior middle blocker Taylor Morgan jumps to block the ball during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. The Gophers beat Northwestern in all three sets.

“Mama-bear” mentality and adversity fuel middle blocker Taylor Morgan

Published October 18, 2018

After having her collegiate career marred by four knee surgeries since joining the Gophers volleyball team, redshirt junior Taylor Morgan is having a standout year. “I’m just so proud of her and so...

Freshman outside hitter Adanna Rollins jumps to spike the ball during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Gophers beat Northwestern in all three sets.

Gophers remain undefeated in Big Ten with eighth conference win

Published October 14, 2018

The Gophers continue to roll and have yet to see the loss column in conference play. No. 3 Minnesota (14-2, 8-0 Big Ten) continued its dominance in the Big Ten as it swept Northwestern (10-10, 0-8 Big...

Sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hart hits the ball at Maturi Pavilion during a set against the University of North Dakota on Friday, Dec. 1.

Minnesota continues sweep streak against Illinois

Published October 13, 2018

Minnesota's brooms have gotten quite the workout this season. No. 3 Minnesota (13-2, 7-0 Big Ten) continued its Big Ten dominance as the team stayed undefeated in conference play after sweeping for the...

CC McGraw celebrates a scored point at the Maturi Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 19. They defeated Penn State for their Big Ten opener in straight sets.

Strong mother-daughter bond motivates freshman libero

Published October 11, 2018

Halfway through her freshman season on the Gophers’ volleyball team, libero C.C. McGraw has finally achieved a life-long dream of being a Minnesota volleyball player. “It’s been my dream ever since...

Outside Hitter Adanna Rollins jumps to hit the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 19. 

No.5 Minnesota upsets No. 3 Nebraska on the road

Published October 7, 2018

No. 3 Minnesota (12-2, 6-0 Big Ten) is the only unbeaten team left in the Big Ten after a Saturday-night upset of No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten) in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Gophers won in...

The Gophers celebrate victory on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Maturi Pavillon.

Regan Pittman raises money for cancer through team performance

Published October 4, 2018

Over the summer, sophomore middle blocker Regan Pittman came across a video of a child suffering from pediatric cancer who wanted to wear gold to a Taylor Swift concert. The video urged Pittman to push...

Gopher volleyball players celebrates earning a point on Sept. 13 during the game against Green Bay at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers’ sweep streak reaches six games

Published October 4, 2018

The No. 5 Minnesota (11-2, 5-0 Big Ten) volleyball team extended its sweep-streak to six Wednesday as the Gophers swept Northwestern (10-7, 0-5 Big Ten) in three sets Wednesday in Evanston, Illinois. “Overall,...

Outside hitter Alexis Hart jumps to set the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The Gophers defeated Penn State for their Big Ten opener in straight sets.

Gophers continue Big Ten dominance in fourth straight sweep

Published October 1, 2018

No. 6 Minnesota (10-2, 4-0 Big Ten) continued its Big Ten sweep streak as the Gophers downed Indiana (11-4, 2-2 Big Ten) Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana in three straight sets. “In this conference,...

Sophomore Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat the fifth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in three straight sets. Samedy had 14 kills, and leading the Gophers in kills for the seventh straight game.

Gophers upset Badgers in their third straight sweep

Published October 1, 2018

In a marquee border battle match up between No. 6 Minnesota (9-2, 3-0) and No. 5 Wisconsin (9-2, 2-1), the Gophers upset their rival in a 3-0 sweep in front of 5,697 fans at Maturi Pavilion Wednesday. "A...

Freshman Paulina Swider jumps for the ball on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Maturi Pavilion. Gopher Womens Volleyball defeated Green Bay in three straight sets.

International experience helps Gophers

Published September 27, 2018

From a distance, the No. 6 Minnesota volleyball team looks like every other team, but out of the 14 teams in the Big Ten, Minnesota is one of only five teams with an international student on their on rosters. The...

Sophomore Stephanie Samedy spikes the ball on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat the fifth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in three straight sets. Samedy had 14 kills, and leading the Gophers in kills for the seventh straight game.

No. 6 Minnesota upsets No. 5 Wisconsin in their third straight sweep.

Published September 27, 2018

In a marquee border battle match up between No. 6 Minnesota (9-2, 3-0) and No. 5 Wisconsin (9-2, 2-1), the Gophers upset their rival in a 3-0 sweep in front of 5,697 fans at Maturi Pavilion Wednesday. "A...

No. 6 Minnesota upsets No. 5 Wisconsin in boarder battle.

Published September 27, 2018

In a marquee boarder battle match up between No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Wisconsin, the Gophers' upset their bitter rival in a 3-0 sweep of the Badgers. Recently named AVCA Player of the Week, sophomore...

Freshman Adanna Rollins spikes a ball during the game on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Maturi Pavilion. Gopher womens volleyball defeated Green Bay in three straight sets.

Minnesota sweeps again, this time against Maryland

Published September 23, 2018

No. 7 Minnesota(8-2, 2-0 Big Ten) finished their first week of Big Ten play sweeping Maryland (10-4, 1-1 Big Ten) in three highly-contested sets at Maturi Pavilion Saturday. "One of the great things about...

Freshman Adanna Rollins spikes a ball during the game on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Maturi Pavilion. Gopher womens volleyball defeated Green Bay in three straight sets.

Freshman Adanna Rollins makes quick impression

Published September 20, 2018

After joining the No. 7 Minnesota volleyball team in January, freshman outside hitter Adanna Rollins has looked like a serious threat to opponents. This season, Rollins has had 17 points off 16 kills against...

Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy jumps for the ball during the match against the Nittany Lions on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Maturi Pavilion.

Minnesota upsets Penn State with sweep

Published September 20, 2018

No.7 Minnesota kicked off the Big Ten season with a victory over No. 4 Penn State Wednesday, sweeping the Nittany Lions 3-0 in a deafening Maturi Pavilion that held 5,500 fans. "I'm proud of our performance....

Gopher womens volleyball defeated Green Bay in three straight sets on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Gophers play one of two games in this year’s Gophers Classic

Published September 17, 2018

The No. 7 Gophers (6-2) were hosts of the annual Gopher Classic this weekend, but only played one match due to unusually hot weather conditions.   “Due to extreme heat and unplayable conditions...

Redshirt Sophomore Regan Pittman plays during the Gopher game against Purdue on Wednesday, Sept. 11th, 2017 at the Maturi Pavilion.

Rollercoaster journey takes Pittman to Minnesota

Published September 13, 2018

Regan Pittman, a rising star on the Gophers' volleyball team, "hated" volleyball while growing up in Spring Hill, Kansas. But as time went on, she discovered she had a talent for the game. This, she said,...

Sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hart hits the ball at Maturi Pavilion during a set against the University of North Dakota on Friday, Dec. 1.

Tough weekend for the Gophers leads to plenty of learning opportunities

Published September 10, 2018

The No.1 Minnesota (5-2) lost two straight highly contest matches this weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge against No. 18 Oregon (5-3) and No. 4 Stanford (6-1) in Palo Alto, California. “This weekend...

Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson cheers after the Gophers score a point on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Sports Pavilion.

Four years in the making, Samantha Seliger-Swenson is ready for her senior campaign

Published September 6, 2018

No. 1 Minnesota is just one year removed from two consecutive Final Four appearances, but one of the only players who remains from that time is in her last season. Although being at the top of the NCAA...

Freshman opposite Stephanie Samedy reaches to block the Fighting Hawks at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 1.

Gophers volleyball begin the season undefeated

Published September 3, 2018

While the temperature outside is starting to fall, the Gophers volleyball team is heating up.  No. 3 Minnesota (5-0) started its season winning five-straight matches and a Diet Coke Classic championship. “We’re...

Freshman Mackenzie Padington competes in the womens 500 yard freestyle at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Minnesota’ women’s swimmer qualifies for international competition

Published August 2, 2018

A Gophers women's swimmer is heading to Toyko to compete in the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, an international tournament that is considered a top tier event within the swimming community.  Minnesota...

Coach P.J. Fleck watches the big screen as a Michigan touchdown is confirmed on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Gophers lost to the Wolverines 33-10.

In year two, P.J. Fleck stresses the importance of this year’s underclassmen

Published July 25, 2018

Minnesota's football team and the rest of the Big Ten west division were in the spotlight Monday as day one of the annual Big Ten Media days in kicked off in Chicago over one month before the start to...

Luke Petterson reacts as he watches to see if his hit is a foul ball during the game against Canisius on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Siebert Field. The Gophers won 10-1.

Former Gophers baseball player calls it quits after short stint with the St. Paul Saints

Published July 18, 2018

Since the end of the Gophers baseball team's postseason run, one former player has experienced a whirlwind few months. Former Minnesota second baseman Luke Pettersen was signed by the St. Paul Saints on...

Head Coaches Stephanie Golan, Lindsey Whalen and Catrina Thompson

University of Minnesota ranks third in national study of women head coaches

Published July 11, 2018

A new national ranking suggests the University of Minnesota is among the best in the nation for hiring women as head coaches for women's sports.  The University was ranked third in an annual report...

Freshman Max Meyer closes out the game against UCLA on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Siebert Field. The Gophers won 3-2.

Freshman All-American invited to tryout for the USA National Team

Published June 27, 2018

For the first time in a quarter of a century, Minnesota has the chance to have another player suit up and play for his country. Gophers freshman All-American closing pitcher Max Meyer was one of 34 players...

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Obsa Ali is a national champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase

Published June 20, 2018

It had been 15 years, but Minnesota has another mens' outdoor track and field national champion. Redshirt junior Obsa Ali became the first outdoor national champion for the Gophers men's track and field...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner winds up a throw on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 during a game against Rutgers at TCF Bank Stadium.

Former UMN quarterback reflects on various football experiences

Published June 13, 2018

A dream started with an opportunity to play quarterback for his hometown university, which eventually led to taking snaps at U.S. Bank Stadium. Former Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner has done it all. He...

Head Coach John Anderson is upset with an umpires call during the game against Canisius on Friday, June 1, 2018. The Gophers won 10-1.

Gophers swept in Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament

Published June 10, 2018

The Gophers' historic run into June came to a halt Saturday. Minnesota's (44-15) season came to an end Saturday after a second-consecutive loss to Oregon State (49-10-1) in the Super Regional round of...

Centerfielder Alex Boxwell hits a double, increasing the lead to 12-5 during the game against the UCLA Bruins on Sunday, June 3 at Siebert Field.

Minnesota advances to the Super Regional round for the first time

Published June 5, 2018

In a rematch of an extra-inning nail biter the previous night, the Gophers didn't lose their magic at Siebert Field Sunday in front of 2,425 fans, a record crowd.  The Gophers (44-13) won their third...

Pitcher Max Meyer walks off the field as his teammates fist bump to his successful inning during the game against UCLA on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Siebert Field. The Gophers won 3-2.

A late comeback keeps the Gophers undefeated in the NCAA Tournament

Published June 3, 2018

In an extra inning nail biter at the Gophers’ (43-20) won their second NCAA Tournament Regional game. In a game plagued by delays the Gophers managed to come back late to beat the UCLA Bruins (37-20)...

Reggie Meyer pitches to Canisius during the game on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Siebert Field. The Gophers beat Canisius 10-1.

Minnesota takes first game of NCAA tournament against Canisius

Published June 2, 2018

The Gophers' bats came alive on Friday night.  No. 13 Minnesota (42-13) won their first game of the NCAA tournament against Canisius (35-21) in the Minneapolis regional opener at Siebert Field. The...

Students board an autonomous shuttle developed by EasyMile to ride across the Washington Avenue Bridge on April 30, 2018.

Self-driving bus travels over the Washington Avenue Bridge

Published May 1, 2018

A 12-passenger autonomous bus traveled on a pre-mapped route on the Washington Avenue Bridge at the University of Minnesota Monday, allowing passengers to experience self-driving technology. The Minnesota...

Junior Forrest Casey considers actors positioning while filming an anti-theft PSA in Walter Library on Saturday, April 21.

UMN students work to combat library laptop thefts

Published April 24, 2018

After Forrest Casey learned 20 laptops were stolen this semester at University of Minnesota libraries, he decided students should be made aware of the thefts. Casey, a communications junior, said he learned...

First-gen students and faculty connect over waffles and advice

Published April 19, 2018

Over plates stacked with warm waffles, a panel of University of Minnesota faculty and staff members recalled their experiences as first-generation college students Tuesday evening. A group of around 20...

Senior and international student Prashasti Bhatnagar poses for portraits in Mondale Hall on Monday, April 9. She won the Josef Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization.

UMN sociology student recognized for international impact

Published April 11, 2018

After her uncle was unable to get a heart transplant in the U.S. and died when she was young, University of Minnesota senior Prashasti Bhatnagar decided to change the world through healthcare accessibility. Bhatnagar,...

Junior Melissa Foster interacts with the dogs brought in from PAWS before her test in BIOL 1003 on Monday, April 2. She said that the dogs helped reduce her stress.

University professor researches therapy dogs’ effect on test anxiety

Published April 3, 2018

To better understand test anxiety and who it affects, five therapy dogs were brought in and snuggled by students before an exam last week at the University of Minnesota. Pet Away Worry and Stress, a free,...