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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Minnesota's Tommy Thorn takes on a Purdue's Parker Filius at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Gophers wrestling returns home with a victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...