The Minnesota Daily

All content by Kent Erdahl

Long road, long matches, Long Beach

December 15, 2004

If these Gophers feel fortunate, they'll tell you this time it's for another reason. Minnesota's volleyball team made off like Cinderella at last year's NCAA regional in Long Beach, Calif., dancing past...

The Final Four is in their clutches

December 13, 2004

Before the swarm of hugs and smiles, before the two capacity crowds, before the broken records and before the competition even arrived, Minnesota volleyball coach Dr. Mike Hebert prescribed exactly what...

Taatjes steals Gordon-Gentil show

December 13, 2004

Saturday night wasn't supposed to be about Lindsey Taatjes. After all, Minnesota's volleyball team was playing Big Ten rival Ohio State in a rematch of whom the conference named, its two best players. But...

Regionals begin today at Pavilion

December 10, 2004

Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert calls it a matchup between "mentor" and "tutee." But when Minnesota (30-4) plays Georgia Tech in the NCAA Regional Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday, Yellow Jackets coach...

Big Ten tilts the balance of power

December 7, 2004

They've been talking about it all year. But, after the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Big Ten volleyball coaches can finally have some evidence to back it up. When the Sweet 16 gets under way...

Minnesota will play for Final Four at Pavilion

December 6, 2004

For Minnesota's volleyball team, this sweep was extra sweet. Despite being forced to travel for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the Gophers (30-4), who have the top seed in their region, swept...

Gophers down Long Island

December 3, 2004

Minnesota made short work of Long Island's first trip to the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. The Gophers swept the Blackbirds in less than an hour and a half during the first round of the tournament 30-19,...

Gophers aim for Final Four, maybe more

December 2, 2004

Shortly after Sunday's selection show for the NCAA Volleyball Tournament, Minnesota's players and coaches stopped worrying about having to travel for the first two rounds despite gaining a top regional...

Bowman, Gentil, Martin named first-team All-Big Ten; Gentil top defender

December 1, 2004

After taking a look at the seeds for the 64-team NCAA Tournament on Sunday, Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert made a quick declaration. "The Big Ten has eclipsed the Pac-10, in my estimation, as the...

Gophers get top seed, but not home court

November 29, 2004

When Minnesota's volleyball team gathered to learn its postseason schedule Sunday night, Gophers players and coaches finally heard they had a seat reserved at the head of the NCAA postseason table. But...

Gophers play host to Hawkeyes tonight

November 24, 2004

With its season all but figured out, Minnesota's volleyball team will spend its final regular-season weekend waiting and playing, in that order. With two matches that probably will not alter the postseason...

Minnesota seniors make senior night special with play instead of ceremony

November 22, 2004

There was an unusual number of dry eyes among Minnesota's volleyball team's seniors during the team's annual senior night Saturday. Even after the match, when each senior was flagged by at least one member...

Offense, defense get in on sweeps

November 22, 2004

Members of Minnesota's volleyball team's defensive unit, along with fans and some other players, sported headbands over the weekend in honor of senior outside hitter Erin Martin's accessory of choice. The...

Gophers dig in for pair of home matches

November 19, 2004

There are many reasons why this weekend is special for Minnesota's volleyball team, the least of which involves the Gophers' opponents. During a weekend that pits No. 5 Minnesota against two teams with...

Nelson naturally catches on for Gophers

November 17, 2004

For many athletes, a single play can change a season entirely. But Minnesota volleyball sophomore Meredith Nelson's season changed with a single word. Nelson played inconsistently through the beginning...

Gophers go two for two in Michigan

November 15, 2004

Call them the three amigos, part two. During a weekend in which Minnesota's volleyball team's normally outstanding defensive trio of Paula Gentil, Lisa Reinhart and Marci Peniata - also known as the three...

Perfection period begins as Gophers play Michigan pair

November 12, 2004

They've finished the hard part, now they just need to be perfect. With three losses and a third-place standing in the Big Ten, Minnesota's volleyball team likely needs to win its remaining six matches...

New coach Burns is enthused to be at the helm

November 11, 2004

New Minnesota men's gymnastics coach Mike Burns didn't waste any time bringing energy and enthusiasm to his new team. Burns officially accepted the position Oct. 8 - a day before Minnesota's football team...

Dr. Coach: Hebert supplies wisdom, wins

November 10, 2004

If three letters could be used to describe Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert, it probably wouldn't take a Gophers fan long to come up with "Ph.D." After all, Hebert is one of the few coaches whose...

Containment of Ohio State’s Gordon helps Minnesota stay in Big Ten title contention

November 8, 2004

To salvage a weekend and keep its conference title hopes alive, Minnesota's volleyball team had a simple objective on Saturday - contain Ohio State's Stacey Gordon. Easier said than done, but done nonetheless. Gophers...

Title picture not much clearer after weekend split

November 8, 2004

Halfway through Minnesota's volleyball team's weekend matches against No. 6 Penn State and No. 7 Ohio State at the Sports Pavilion, Gophers coach Mike Hebert looked frustrated and didn't bother disguising...

Big Ten giants come to town for huge series

November 5, 2004

Minnesota can easily catch a glimpse of its Big Ten fate at home this weekend without any need for a crystal ball. That's because the Gophers will complete their season series with conference-leading Ohio...

Women begin Big Ten season versus Iowa on Saturday

November 5, 2004

This weekend marks a new beginning for Minnesota's women's swimming and diving program. When the Gophers host Iowa for their first Big Ten dual of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday at the University Aquatic...

Busse’s back – but this time as spikers’ practice opponent

November 3, 2004

From 2000-03, Cassie Busse was a name synonymous with Minnesota volleyball, but this season, the name Busse has given way to Erin Martin, Paula Gentil, Trisha Bratford and the rest of the fifth-ranked...

Tired Gophers lose at Wisconsin

November 1, 2004

MADISON, Wis. - In a field house full of costumes, it was fitting that an elaborate tally of statistics served as a disguise for Minnesota's volleyball team's third loss of the season. Despite winning...

Police, partiers clash in Madison

November 1, 2004

Many University students were among those participating in Halloween festivities this weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Police estimated that approximately 75,000 people visited Madison,...

Lack of variety on offense hampers Gophers on road trip

November 1, 2004

MADISON, Wis. - Throughout Minnesota's volleyball team's nail-biting five-game loss to Wisconsin on Saturday, no players from either team were called on more than outside hitters Trisha Bratford and Erin...

Hebert hopes to get more out of his Gophers this time against Wisconsin

October 29, 2004

Immediately after Minnesota's volleyball team's three-game sweep of Wisconsin on Oct. 8, Minnesota coach Mike Hebert spoke as a coach on the receiving end of the same fate. "If we play like this again...

Conference-leading Gophers gear up for second half of race to Big Ten Championships

October 27, 2004

With half of the Big Ten volleyball season behind them, the two conference leaders agree on one thing - the only certainty is uncertainty. Despite a combined record of 39-3 and 18-2 in the conference,...

Sweeps and help leave Minnesota tied for first

October 25, 2004

There wasn't much fanfare surrounding Minnesota's volleyball team's pair of three-game sweeps over the weekend. In fact, the most exciting thing to happen to the Gophers came courtesy of another team. No....

Gophers head back to Indiana, where Final Four run began

October 22, 2004

Minnesota's volleyball team has every reason to look past this weekend's road trip at Indiana and Purdue. After all, the schools are the last pair of conference opponents the Gophers have yet to face,...

Baseline plays host to ITA regional

October 21, 2004

When Minnesota's women's tennis team hosts some of the top players in the nation at Baseline Tennis Center over the next six days, the Gophers said, they are anxious to showcase their facilities. But that...

Gophers finally get their (point) man

October 21, 2004

M innesota's men's basketball team might have waited until its last opportunity, but it finally appears to have what it has been searching for. The one position coach Dan Monson pointed to as a priority...

Rule change serves Gophers’ Gentil well

October 19, 2004

When Minnesota volleyball player Erin Martin tried to figure out Illinois' hitting and serving struggles after the Gophers' four-game win during the weekend, the senior outside hitter was at a loss for...

Nearly 11,000 see Minnesota win

October 18, 2004

The matchup between Minnesota's second-ranked volleyball team and No. 23 Illinois over the weekend at Williams Arena promised a couple of interesting storylines. But the final story was thin and seriously...

Gophers hope for record crowd vs. Illinois at Williams

October 15, 2004

The last time a Minnesota volleyball match took place inside Williams Arena, it ended with a Gophers player nearly breaking her neck. This time, the only thing the Gophers want to break is a long-standing...

Gophers shake off slow start, dump Iowa

October 14, 2004

W hen Minnesota's volleyball team faced the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Wednesday night, the Gophers' toughest competition could be found in the reflection of a mirror. After a short, self-inflicted scare,...

Lowly traveling partner Iowa awaits

October 13, 2004

After being a doormat for half of the Big Ten so far this season, Iowa's volleyball team finally welcomes Minnesota to town tonight. The Hawkeyes, who sit at 9-9 on the season but a dismal 1-5 in the Big...

‘Very average’ play leads Minnesota to sweeps of B-10 foes

October 11, 2004

He struggled to admit it, but Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert said two "very average" performances by his team over the weekend actually helped to prove its elite status. Hebert said the No. 3 Gophers...

Gophers take on Wisconsin, Northwestern at Pavilion

October 8, 2004

Minnesota's volleyball team is thankful for a few things it doesn't have to do this weekend. After last weekend's split against No. 9 Ohio State and No. 6 Penn State, the Gophers said they are happy they...

Byrnes finding more and more reasons to smile this season

October 6, 2004

It's not hard to spot Jessica Byrnes on the volleyball court. If Minnesota's junior middle blocker is on the floor, she's the one jumping after every point and smiling as if she wouldn't want to be anywhere...

Fall ball: Maroon team defeats White squad 10-4 in annual intrasquad game

October 4, 2004

An aspect of the college game was noticeably absent when Minnesota's baseball team split up and squared off in the annual intrasquad baseball game over the weekend. There was no ping coming from aluminum...

Gophers split pair on tough road trip

October 4, 2004

By this afternoon, Minnesota's volleyball team might no longer stake claim to the No. 1 ranking in the country. But after traveling to No. 16 Ohio State and No. 4 Penn State over the weekend, the Gophers...

Spikers take No. 1 spot on a tightrope

October 1, 2004

When Minnesota's volleyball team travels to No. 16 Ohio State and No. 4 Penn State this weekend, the Gophers won't be sitting back in defense of their No. 1 ranking. The team is actually trying to put...

Defense helps Minnesota hold top spot in latest coaches poll

September 28, 2004

For Minnesota's volleyball team, this week's USA Today/CSTV Top 25 coaches poll was sponsored by the number three. But all that mattered was number one. After three-game sweeps in all three of their matches...

Gentil leads a Gophers defense that is setting benchmarks for future teams to shoot for

September 27, 2004

Of all the statistical categories in volleyball, the dig is likely the most unglamorous. That's because a great dig can almost be hard to watch. Good defensive players often look as if they're asking for...

They can dig it: No 1 Gophers win pair

September 27, 2004

It was billed as a showdown. But when Minnesota's volleyball team kicked off its Big Ten schedule over the weekend, the Gophers looked like showoffs. The top-ranked Gophers flexed their muscles in front...

No. 1 Minnesota gets set to play host to duo of Michigan foes

September 24, 2004

For Minnesota's top-ranked volleyball team, this weekend can be explained simply. One big nonconference season down, one Big Ten season to go. On Monday, the Gophers finished the last of their nonconference...

Bowman makes her presence felt

September 23, 2004

From match to match, game to game, or even point to point, Kelly Bowman's position on Minnesota's volleyball team might be in question. But there's one thing this sophomore can always count on - playing...

Gophers retain top rank, sweep Cincy

September 21, 2004

There were plenty of reasons why Minnesota's volleyball team could have tripped up against Cincinnati at the Sports Pavilion on Monday night. The Gophers had already gone undefeated and won their third...