The Minnesota Daily

All content by Jeff Barthel

Gophers looking to stay alive against Pepperdine in Sweet 16

December 12, 2003

Minnesota's volleyball team will look to knock off a Pepperdine squad that has won 25 straight matches tonight at The Pyramid. No, the Gophers aren't in Egypt, but in Long Beach, Calif. to compete as one...

Long Beach regional features top talent

December 10, 2003

Minnesota's volleyball team began its 2003 campaign three and a half months ago with a trip to Hawaii. The Gophers lost all three matches in Honolulu to three ranked teams at the time - a 3-0 loss to No....

Sweet! Spikers advance in NCAA tournament

December 8, 2003

Northern Iowa's volleyball team - the Missouri Valley Conference champions - brought its conference-leading .288 hitting percentage into a second-round NCAA tournament match-up with Minnesota on Saturday...

Gophers 3-0 all-time against 1st round opponent Green Bay

December 5, 2003

Ranked 20th in the nation, Minnesota's volleyball team will play host to the first two rounds of the 2003 NCAA tournament. The Gophers (22-10) will begin the tournament with a contest against unranked...

Talented volleyball field on tap

December 4, 2003

The NCAA volleyball tournament starts this weekend with Minnesota playing host to the first two rounds of the Long Beach regional. The 17th-ranked Gophers (22-10) will take on the University of Wisconsin-Green...

Spikers lead with no official team captains

December 2, 2003

After being called captains, it turns out the three appointed players of Minnesota's volleyball team have not been captains for more than two months. Prior to the season, coach Mike Hebert and his coaching...

Spikers let Penn State steal victory, Big Ten title in home match

December 1, 2003

Minnesota's 19th-ranked volleyball team came into Friday night's match against No. 11 Penn State having won 13 straight home matches. An attendance of 4,658 - the fifth-largest in the Sports Pavilion's...

Big Ten volleyball title on the line

November 26, 2003

Minnesota, last year's Big Ten volleyball champions, will do battle with two conference foes this weekend and have a solid chance to repeat. The 19th-ranked Gophers (21-9, 14-4 Big Ten), who trail No....

U’s Busse, OSU’s Gordon set for Saturday matchup

November 25, 2003

Numbers don't lie, and when it comes to Big Ten volleyball statistics, two top-notch talents will meet this weekend at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota's Cassie Busse and Ohio State's Stacey Gordon will...

Spikers unscathed for fourth straight Big Ten match

November 24, 2003

Consistency seems to be Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert's favorite word. Hebert - in his 28th year of coaching and eighth with the Gophers - likes to use the word when talking of team goals and...

Spikers head to Michigan for two tough conference matches

November 21, 2003

Traveling to Michigan this weekend will be a trying task for Minnesota's volleyball team. The 22nd-ranked Gophers (19-9, 12-4 Big Ten) bring their talents to East Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend...

Martin’s consistent play has led to key wins for U volleyball

November 20, 2003

Standing six feet tall, Minnesota volleyball junior outside hitter Erin Martin rarely does not have a smile on her face. And her success just might be the reason. In volleyball, hitting percentage is a...

Block party in session this season for U volleyball team

November 19, 2003

Try to deflect 50-mile-per-hour volleyballs being spiked at you within a 5-foot range. Dive, slide and get banged up to save that same ball from finding court space. Don't allow opponents an open look...

With weekend sweep, spikers have won a record 13 in a row at home

November 17, 2003

Campus parties happen every Saturday night. It's not uncommon to see fraternity parties, sorority parties, people out celebrating birthdays - any type of get-together. But one particularly notable party...

Spikers hope enough is left to make another title run

November 14, 2003

Minnesota's volleyball team came into this season with an unfamiliar role - as defending Big Ten champions. In their first-ever championship run last year, the Gophers went 32-6; this year, the 24th-ranked...

Hebert tells volleyball that the sword is mightier

November 13, 2003

Minnesota's defending Big Ten champion volleyball team (17-9, 10-4 Big Ten) is looking to cut down on errors and play more consistently. The Gophers are wrestling to take a more aggressive mental approach. "Coach...

Spikers fail to make headway on the road

November 10, 2003

Down 14-12 in the deciding fifth set Friday night against Illinois, Minnesota volleyball outside hitter Trisha Bratford gave the Gophers one last hope. Her flat-footed serve sailed over the net, landing...

No. 20 volleyball squad gets second crack at Illinois, Northwestern

November 7, 2003

This weekend, Minnesota's 20th-ranked volleyball team will look for breathing space in the Big Ten as the team heads to Illinois (17-5, 8-4 Big Ten) to battle the Illini before a tilt with Northwestern...

Volleyball seniors step up

November 6, 2003

All successful teams need leadership. On Minnesota's volleyball team, two particular upperclassmen have led the way. Cassie Busse and Erin Lorenzen were both juniors on the Gophers' Big Ten championship...

Solid blocking has been one key to success for U’s volleyball team

November 5, 2003

An old sports cliche is that defense wins championships. With volleyball, though, kills are arguably the most exciting things to watch. However, these kills have to be defended in some way. "Our blocking...

Volleyball disposes of archrival Wisconsin 3-1

November 3, 2003

Minnesota's volleyball team rose to the occasion in tying a school record with its victory Friday night. In a match of vast importance, playing archrival Wisconsin, the Gophers defeated the Badgers for...

Spikers need consistency

October 31, 2003

Consistency usually means maintaining a certain level of play for a certain amount of time. Guitar players take several lessons to master each chord. Vocalists sing the same note many times to achieve...

Busse leads spikers to home sweep over Michigan schools

October 27, 2003

Saturday was a day of special performances on the national level and close to home. One player's effort was a heroic performance in Major League Baseball. The other was a dominant display of ability by...

Second-place spikers at home for key Big Ten weekend

October 24, 2003

Minnesota's volleyball team is 13-7 overall and 6-2 in conference play. After a win Saturday, the team briefly pulled into a tie for the best Big Ten record. The team's current success is because of lately...

Hebert’s volleyball coaching success felt at Minnesota

October 23, 2003

In assembling a volleyball team, or any team, one must have good players. With two All-Americans and a recruiting class ranked fourth in the nation, it's safe to assume the Gophers definitely have the...

Volleyball team’s backcourt focuses on two players

October 22, 2003

A good offense can provide flair, loud cheers and gaudy statistics. But it has often been said that defense wins championships. For Minnesota's 25th-ranked volleyball team, defense has been a huge part...

Spikers notch key road sweep over tough foes

October 20, 2003

CSTATE COLLEGE, Penn. - oming into play over the weekend, Minnesota's volleyball team faced a difficult task. After two Big Ten road victories close to home, defeating Iowa and Wisconsin, the Gophers faced...

Spikers to play Buckeyes, but Penn State is real target

October 17, 2003

To get back to the top, it's likely Minnesota's volleyball team must defeat the cream of the crop this weekend. But before playing Big Ten frontrunner Penn State on Saturday, the Gophers will have to face...

Reinhart’s defense, character show on the court

October 15, 2003

Minnesota's volleyball team has won four Big Ten matches in a row. The team is now 11-7 and 4-2 in the conference after it defeated Wisconsin three days ago. Playing a key role in the team's success of...

Gophers defeat rival Wisconsin in five games

October 13, 2003

Minnesota volleyball accomplished a tremendous victory Sunday afternoon, led by both new players and experienced ones. Freshman Meredith Nelson and her All-American teammate, senior Cassie Busse, led the...

Spikers to carry on Badgers rivalry

October 10, 2003

When defining rivalry, several matchups come to mind. Green Bay and Minnesota, sure. Twins and White Sox, maybe. On campus though, Minnesota fans most often think about their sports teams beating the Wisconsin...

Small crowd sees U best Iowa in straight sets

October 9, 2003

Minnesota volleyball junior Erin Martin fiercely slammed down a kill to give her team a 26-17 lead in game three Wednesday night against Iowa. Immediately following the kill, she ran back to the service...

Martin’s solid play equal to that of volleyball team

October 8, 2003

Minnesota's volleyball team finally put up a Big Ten win this season. They were able to gain two victories at home last weekend by defeating Northwestern and Illinois. And its victories went hand-in-hand...

U sweeps weekend foes for first conference wins

October 6, 2003

Early in game four against Illinois on Saturday night at the Sports Pavilion, Minnesota outside hitter Erin Martin found herself in perfect position for a powerful kill. The ball bounced around Gophers...

Key Gophers blocks stifle a tough Illinois frontcourt

October 6, 2003

Minnesota's volleyball team entered last weekend with 117 blocks on the season. After its first two Big Ten victories of the young 2003 season, the team has now compiled 138.5 blocks. "I said Meredith...

Spikers still looking for first Big Ten win

October 3, 2003

Novelists often struggle to find their groove. Volleyball teams can have that same problem. "We have a volleyball version of writer's block," Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert said. "At this point,...

When called upon, Bowman chips in for U

October 1, 2003

Kelly Bowman knew at a young age that she wanted to play volleyball for the Gophers. "I used to be a ball girl here," Bowman said. "I remember watching Katrien (DeDecker) getting her 2,000 kills and watching...

Volleyball drops a pair on the road in Big Ten opening weekend

September 29, 2003

The gym at the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility was wide and spacious, filled with cheerleaders, a pep band and several fans Saturday evening. The fans, mostly dressed in gold and black, were buzzing...

Volleyball opens Big Ten play at Indiana, Purdue

September 26, 2003

Minnesota sports fans are in a frenzy these days, largely due to the Twins winning their second-straight AL Central baseball title. But this weekend, another Minnesota sports team will begin its quest...

U’s hitting percentage a focal point

September 24, 2003

In baseball, there are batting averages. Similarly, in volleyball there is a statistic called hitting percentage. In volleyball, hitting percentage is determined by the amount of kills minus the amount...

Spikers dominate at home tourney

September 22, 2003

During Minnesota volleyball's last of three matches over the weekend in its home tournament, the usual shouts from the public announcer of, "Treeeeee Bratford with the kill" was shortened to just plain...

Gophers hope recent winning ways continue into home volleyball tournament

September 19, 2003

Defeating Northern Iowa was something special for Minnesota's volleyball team. Wednesday night's closely fought 25-30, 30-24, 30-28, 30-27 win marked this year's team's first win over a ranked opponent...

Gophers knock off No. 6 Northern Iowa in Border Battle

September 18, 2003

With one mighty swing, Minnesota volleyball outside hitter Cassie Busse showed that indeed the Gophers are back. Busse's kill in the fourth game of Wednesday's match against Northern Iowa sealed a Minnesota...

Volleyball loses to Gators, but plays strong

September 15, 2003

The score was 28-29; Minnesota's volleyball team was in the midst of making a comeback and taking game two against No. 3 Florida on Saturday afternoon. Winning game two at a tournament played in Florida...

Libero position helps U to more wins

September 12, 2003

Flying around the court. Scraping for digs. Trying to save the ball from bouncing to keep the play alive. After a 0-4 start for Minnesota's volleyball team, this was the effort needed to get onto the winning...

Nelson’s impact is felt in Minnesota

September 10, 2003

Minnesota doesn't normally like to ask for assistance from its neighbor, Wisconsin. But for Minnesota's volleyball team, perhaps it will let the pride slip in the case of first-year middle blocker Meredith...