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Long road, long matches, Long Beach

Published 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...

Taatjes steals Gordon-Gentil show

Published 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...

The Final Four is in their clutches

Published 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...

Regionals begin today at Pavilion

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Offense, defense get in on sweeps

Published 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...

Minnesota seniors make senior night special with play instead of ceremony

Published 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...

Gophers dig in for pair of home matches

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Title picture not much clearer after weekend split

Published 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...

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

Published 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...

Big Ten giants come to town for huge series

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Lack of variety on offense hampers Gophers on road trip

Published 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...

Tired Gophers lose at Wisconsin

Published 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

Published 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,...

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Gophers win third tourney in a row, verify No. 1 rank

Published September 20, 2004

The No. 1 ranked Minnesota volleyball team knew it would be tested over the weekend. It just wasn't supposed to come so early. The Gophers traveled to North Carolina on Thursday for the UNC Volleyball...

Gophers head southeast for first defense of No. 1 ranking

Published September 17, 2004

Before Minnesota's volleyball team hosted the Diet Coke Classic last weekend, coach Mike Hebert pointed to the Gophers' seven remaining nonconference matches as the key to securing a top seed and home-court...

Gophers rise to top of national rankings

Published September 14, 2004

For the first time in Minnesota volleyball history, the Gophers are No. 1. This week's USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll, released Monday, ranks Minnesota as the best volleyball team in the nation. The...

Gophers come up huge in tourney

Published September 13, 2004

Before Minnesota's volleyball team took to the floor for its first home match of the season Friday, the Gophers unveiled the first Final Four volleyball banner to drape from the rafters of the Sports Pavilion. By...

Gophers look to live up to new Final Four precedent

Published September 13, 2004

Take a quick glimpse at the roster of Minnesota's volleyball team this season, and you'll find nearly all of the same players who carried the Gophers to their first Final Four appearance in program history. Most...

Gophers welcome quality field to tourney

Published September 10, 2004

It's official: Minnesota's volleyball team is good. Calling the fifth-ranked Gophers (4-1) "good" could end up being an understatement, but after the first two weeks Minnesota coach Mike Hebert said the...

Hargrow rejoins team, awaits NCAA word

Published September 9, 2004

Minnesota's men's basketball team has welcomed back its wayward son. But that might not be good enough for the NCAA. Minnesota coach Dan Monson announced Wednesday that Moe Hargrow has rejoined the Gophers...

Vasiljeva strives to regain form after lost season

Published September 8, 2004

There are plenty of fresh faces and fresh legs running with Minnesota's women's cross country team this fall. The Gophers have nine incoming freshmen, and coach Gary Wilson said they bring a lot of talent...

Vanek forgoes junior and senior years, signs three-year contract with Buffalo

Published September 7, 2004

Thomas Vanek became the third Minnesota men's hockey player to forgo his remaining college eligibility and sign a professional contract this off-season on Friday. Vanek, a forward with the Gophers in 2002-03...

Gophers win Wyoming tournament

Published September 7, 2004

Minnesota's volleyball team had few remaining questions when it arrived in Laramie, Wyo., for its second tournament of the year over the weekend. After all, the team had already proved that it deserved...

Home intrasquad 5k gets things started for Gophers in quest to return to NCAA Championships

Published September 7, 2004

There wasn't much on the line when Minnesota's women's cross country team competed in its annual intrasquad meet on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course. Minnesota's runners split into two teams and competed...

Gophers begin practice with high hopes

Published August 18, 2004

Minnesota's volleyball team will enter the season as the most highly touted in the program's history. But excuse the Gophers for not jumping with joy after only five days of practice. Minnesota's No. 5...

Athens doesn’t intimidate Berg, Wherley

Published August 11, 2004

The road has been nothing short of treacherous. For the 20 Minnesota athletes featured in the "Road to Athens" throughout the summer, only two - rower Mike Wherley and volleyball player Lindsey Berg -...

Several Gophers Olympic bound for four countries

Published August 4, 2004

Three international members of Minnesota's men's swimming team have been spending their summer vacations at home. But for Mike Brown, Igor Cerensek and Mario Delac, staying in their home countries isn't...

Maroon & Gold to Bronze

Published July 28, 2004

COOPERSTOWN, NY - Sometimes the great ones can make things look too easy. When Paul Molitor addressed the crowd at his induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, everyone expected a celebration. After...

Anderson attends ceremony as guest

Published July 28, 2004

Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson attended Paul Molitor's Hall of Fame Induction on Sunday, as a representative for the Minnesota baseball program and the entire University. But Anderson said he was...

Bowl Championship Series revamps its ratings system, computers will take a smaller role

Published July 21, 2004

The Bowl Championship Series ironed out yet another wrinkle in its formula for college football standings last week. The BCS, which determines the teams that play in the National Championship game and...

Morgan goes pro, joins former Gophers

Published July 21, 2004

Unlike a draft pick in other professional sports, David Morgan's road from amateur to professional will not lead to immediate riches. But the former Minnesota golfer, who will turn professional at Friday's...

Marks misses cut

Published July 14, 2004

It seems everyone likes a baby. But for triple jumper Shani Marks, the word baby, taken both literally and figuratively, hurt her chances at the Olympic trials last week. Despite finishing one place shy...

Mortimer fourth in 400-meter

Published July 14, 2004

Although he has nearly lost his chance to make the trip to Athens, Justin Mortimer is looking forward to a less flashy trip - the one back to Minnesota. Mortimer, who took the last year off to train for...

Berg selected to U.S. Olympic Team

Published July 14, 2004

Lindsey Berg fought sleeplessness Thursday night, but despite arriving in Bangkok, Thailand just a week before, said she was not experiencing jet lag. Berg, a setter on Minnesota's volleyball team from...

Five more head to trials

Published July 6, 2004

Minnesota juniors Karl Erickson, Travis Brandstatter and Trent Riter have secured spots alongside former Gophers Adam Steele and Mitch Potter at the U.S. Olympic Trials this week. Erickson will participate...

Potter, Steele in final push for Olympics

Published July 6, 2004

Adam Steele and Mitch Potter have been waiting for this moment. The former captains of Minnesota's men's track and field team will be two of the top 400 runners during this week's U.S. Olympic trials in...

17-year-old Gophers recruit drafted fifth-overall by Coyotes in NHL Draft

Published June 30, 2004

When Blake Wheeler, a 17-year-old Breck High School hockey standout, verbally committed to play for the Gophers in 2005-06, he never imagined shaking hands with Wayne Gretzky as the fifth pick in the National...

Strother fails to make Olympic cut

Published June 30, 2004

For four years former Minnesota gymnast Clay Strother practiced the same routines for the same two events. But when Strother stepped up to perform his top two routines in front of the crowd packed into...

Strother hangs around, heads to trials

Published June 23, 2004

Circles surround the sport of gymnastics. Equipment includes a set of rings, perfect scores end with a zero and champions earn shiny, round medals. Look closer to discover gymnasts creating their own circles...

Freshman helps runner-up relay at NCAAs

Published June 16, 2004

At last summer's NCAA Championships, Adam Steele and Mitch Potter raced each other into the national spotlight with first- and third-place finishes in the 400 meters. During this year's championships in...

Perkins’ boyhood dream comes true: drafted by Twins in first round

Published June 16, 2004

Playing baseball as a kid in Stillwater, Minn., Minnesota's Glen Perkins never imagined himself skidding his knees on a catch against Ohio State or blowing a high fastball past a flailing Michigan batter. Instead,...

Annual 5k raises money for athletics, attracts those of all ages

Published June 7, 2004

With 15th Avenue mangled with construction and rain predicted for Saturday morning, this year's ninth annual Gold Country 5k walk and run could have been a sloppy mess. But the entrants navigated around...

Jakobsson hurdles pain, breaks school record

Published June 7, 2004

When Mikael Jakobsson steps on the track before the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, he won't be feeling much at all. At least that's...

Gophers send 10 to NCAA Outdoor Championships

Published June 1, 2004

At the beginning of the season, Minnesota's men's track and field team set out to earn a top-10 finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Gophers made strides toward that goal over the weekend by qualifying...

Gophers clinch conference title

Published May 24, 2004

Minnesota's baseball team won two of three games against Ohio State at Siebert Field over the weekend to clinch the Big Ten title and earn home field advantage for the Big Ten Tournament this week. After...

Gophers NCAA Tournament hopes fall with extra-inning loss

Published May 24, 2004

Minnesota's softball season came to an abrupt finish with one swing of the bat. The Gophers were tied 2-2 with Northwestern in the bottom of the 11th inning during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament...

Gophers miss NCAA Championships berth by one stroke

Published May 24, 2004

Minnesota's men's golf team entered the NCAA Central Regional over the weekend with bags full of awards and a good chance of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. But after falling one stroke short at...

NCAA region sprints on tap

Published May 7, 2004

With seat positions set a week before Minnesota's rowing team's NCAA Central Region Sprints, coach Wendy Davis said she hopes her athletes examine their food carefully and look both ways before they cross...

Gagner follows her word

Published May 5, 2004

After the 2001 spring season, Minnesota rowing coach Wendy Davis delegated then-novice rower Jackie Gagner to write an end of season reflection in the team's newsletter that goes out to alumni and boosters. In...

Gophers take 5th at Big Ten meet

Published May 3, 2004

Minnesota's fifth-seeded first Varsity Eight came into the Big Ten rowing championships over the weekend with hopes of cracking the top four after its qualifying heat. But Minnesota's heat featured No....

Davis changes boating lineup

Published April 30, 2004

Try breathing and blinking in unison with someone without looking at their face. Seem impossible? Now try syncing up with six more people while rowing a boat. Minnesota rowing coach Wendy Davis said the...

The natural: Brown brings talent to boats

Published April 29, 2004

Rowing might not often be compared to track and field, but for Minnesota sophomore rower Colleen Brown, running in high school naturally handed off to a college rowing career. "My track career kind of...

Gophers sweep home races

Published April 26, 2004

Crosswinds tangled boats and prolonged the starts of Minnesota's rowing team's lone home races over the weekend. But the difficult starting conditions served as the only challenge to the Gophers as they...

Lone home races set to shove off at Lake Phalen

Published April 23, 2004

Minnesota's rowing team is finally getting noticed around the nation. In competitions spanning from Louisville, Ky., to Los Angeles, the Gophers accumulated a 24-5 record while impressing several established...

Hotkowski and Tallman ship in experience from the East Coast

Published April 22, 2004

Recruited freshmen rowers Tracey Tallman and Rachel Hotkowski clung together at the beginning of the fall season because they had to adjust to the unfamiliar aspects of college rowing and life in the Midwest. But...

Double dual brings success

Published April 19, 2004

As Minnesota's rowing team entered an important Big Ten double dual over the weekend, the team looked to benefit from the talent and depth provided by its mix of experienced junior and senior walk-ons...

U looking for a return to victories

Published April 16, 2004

No more tuneups. No more borrowed equipment. No more excuses. Minnesota's rowing team will be sorting and discarding any unneeded baggage before it departs for Bloomington, Ind., this weekend for a double...

Senior Rose learns the virtues of quiet leadership

Published April 15, 2004

Coaches will often describe a team captain's role as that of a vocal leader. Although this old cliche seems to make sense, being vocal is definitely not what makes Minnesota rower Heidi Rose a great captain. Rose...

With used boats, Varsity Eight edged by UCLA

Published April 12, 2004

Minnesota's rowing team flew its Varsity Eight and Novice Eight rowers to the dual against UCLA over the weekend. But the biggest factor in the races was a part of the team that could not make the trip. The...

Roche shows them how it’s done

Published April 8, 2004

The name of Minnesota's rowing team's new Varsity Eight boat is not the Mayflower, yet team member Melissa Roche still jokingly referred to herself as a pilgrim. Although the senior is not quite an English...

Minnesota fans on campus cheered loudly until the end of the Gophers’ season.

Published April 5, 2004

The crowd watching Minnesota's Final Four game at Williams Arena sat silent as the closing seconds ticked off the clock in the team's 67-58 loss to Connecticut on Sunday night. But the hush that came over...

Gophers close season by stumbling at NCAA regional

Published April 5, 2004

Halfway through Minnesota gymnast Kim Womack's floor exercise routine, which kicked off the Gophers' first event at the NCAA North Central Regional Championships over the weekend, the team had reason to...

Minnesota dominates Iowa in duel

Published April 5, 2004

Poor conditions made Minnesota's rowing team wait an extra day to compete in its first Big Ten dual against Iowa over the weekend. But the extra time did not slow down the Gophers on the water. Minnesota...