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Hebert's retirement leaves major void

Hebert’s retirement leaves major void

December 13, 2010

After Athletics Director Joel Maturi fired head football coach Tim Brewster on Oct. 17, Maturi said he was on the hunt for a Tubby Smith-type hire to revitalize the struggling football program and bring...

After 15 years with the Gophers, head volleyball coach Mike Hebert announces he will retire

December 12, 2010

During a team meeting on Saturday in Seattle, head coach Mike Hebert announced that he has decided to retired after 15 years of leading the nationally-recognized program. "Coaching volleyball has been...

Volleyball head coach Mike Hebert speaks to his team during their game against Penn State November 27 at the Sports Pavilion.

Hebert retires after Minn. volleyball knocked out of tournament

December 12, 2010

  The Gophers suffered a pair of tough losses this weekend, and only one came on the court. On Friday Minnesota was narrowly swept by seventh-seeded California in the Sweet 16 in Seattle, and the...

Heading into Sweet 16, freshmen not looking like rookies

Heading into Sweet 16, freshmen not looking like rookies

December 8, 2010

When the Gophers started playing in August, all eyes were on freshman Ashley Wittman. Named the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior at Shakopee High School, Wittman finished her high school...

Sophomore outside hitter Tabitha Love plays against North Dakota State Friday at the Sports Pavilion.

Two sweeps yield Sweet 16 berth

December 5, 2010

Mike HebertâÄôs already impressive post-season career got even better this weekend as the No. 10 seed Gophers swept both North Dakota State and Creighton in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament,...

Big weekend from seniors helps Minnesota to third-place finish

December 5, 2010

Earlier in the season, associate head coach Bill Tramel said he expected big contributions from the seniors on his squad this year. This weekend at the Georgia Invitational, that veteran experience was...

Junior Jessica Granquist volleys the ball on Tuesday during practice at the Sports Pavilion.  Granquist was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Granquist leads Gophers into NCAA tournament

December 1, 2010

Junior Jessica Granquist came to Minnesota knowing sheâÄôd spend two years waiting for her chance to take over the teamâÄôs libero position. Defensive specialist Christine Tan, a junior...

In between long breaks, Gophers men head to Georgia

December 1, 2010

Coming off a three-week break, the menâÄôs swimming and diving team heads to the Georgia Invitational for their fourth team meet of the season. Head coach Dennis Dale said the Gophers will face...

First year Justin Holl handles the puck against Michigan State on Friday at the Marriucci Arena.

Gophers split final rendition of College Hockey Showcase

November 28, 2010

A tradition that spans 18 years came to end this weekend as the No. 15 Gophers split the final frame of the College Hockey Showcase, losing to Michigan State on Friday before beating No. 8 Michigan on...

Senior middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer spikes the ball against Penn State Saturday at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers upset Penn State, earn No. 10 seed in NCAA tournament

November 28, 2010

In her four years sporting maroon and gold, thereâÄôs always been one thing senior Lauren Gibbemeyer has wanted to do. Beat Penn State. After losing on the road to the Nittany Lions on Oct. 15,...

Gophers switch-up volleyball standings with big win over Ohio State

November 27, 2010

The 15th-ranked Gophers notched another crucial conference win, taking down Ohio State in four sets--25-19, 25-10, 21-25, 25-22--in front of the home crowd Friday. The victory leaves the Gophers in full...

Gophers close season against first-place Penn State

Gophers close season against first-place Penn State

November 23, 2010

On Sunday, 64 volleyball teams will receive berths to the 2010 NCAA tournament, and thereâÄôs a good chance the No. 15 Gophers will have a spot waiting for them. Sitting at 12-6 in the Big Ten,...

Gophers upset No. 9 Illinois in five sets

November 21, 2010

All No. 9 Illinois needed was one swift serve on match point in the fourth set to seal a perfect home record for the season. But the Gophers, who have struggled in long, grueling matches, had different...

Gophers at full strength for final road trip

Gophers at full strength for final road trip

November 17, 2010

  With 35 years of coaching under his belt, head coach Mike Hebert has seen his fair share of injuries. But this season has been one for the record books. âÄúThis is probably the most injury-filled...

Former U swimmer on good pace for Olympics

Former U swimmer on good pace for Olympics

November 16, 2010

Of the 110 medals won by the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 31 of them âÄî 12 gold, nine silver, and 10 bronze âÄî were around the necks of swimmers. If all goes as planned, former...

Granquist earns 3rd Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

November 15, 2010

Junior Jessica Granquist played an instrumental part in the Gophers' back-to-back victories this weekend, helping the Gophers improve to 10-6 and earning them tournament eligibility.  She was honored...

50 Minn. swimmers advance to finals in successful Minnesota Grand Prix

50 Minn. swimmers advance to finals in successful Minnesota Grand Prix

November 14, 2010

Sharing the pool with some of the nationâÄôs most-recognized talent âÄî though not Michael Phelps, who dropped out days before âÄî the Gophers made themselves memorable at the Minnesota...

Senior middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer plays against Michigan Friday at the Sports Pavilion.

Two big wins make Gophers tournament eligible

November 14, 2010

It wasnâÄôt a position the No. 22 Gophers hoped to find themselves in. After upsetting 16th-ranked Michigan in a 3-0 sweep on Friday, the GophersâÄô Saturday match against Michigan State...

Phelps withdraws from Minnesota Grand Prix event

November 11, 2010

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has withdrawn from the Minnesota Grand Prix event, just one day before the three-day event begins.  It would have been his first event since last August, and instead...

Michael Phelps (probably) coming to the Aquatic Center this weekend

November 10, 2010

Michael Phelps is coming to the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Probably. Just days away from the much-anticipated Minnesota Grand Prix, USA Swimming released a statement on its website headlining...

Gophers get second shot at Michigan

November 10, 2010

During the first conference road trip of the season, the No. 22 Gophers took a 2-0 lead over No. 16 Michigan into the third set. Then things started to come apart. Falling 2-1 on a service error, the Gophers...

Volleyball recruits named to All-Metro volleyball team

November 9, 2010

Senior setter Kellie McNeil has been having a stellar season at Lakeville North, where she's an intrical part of the Panthers' offense--which happens to be no. 1 going into the state tournament. ...

Gophers two wins shy of tournament eligibility

Gophers two wins shy of tournament eligibility

November 8, 2010

Just six matches stand between the No. 22 Gophers and a possible NCAA tournament berth. Sitting at 18-8 and 8-6 in the Big Ten âÄî just two wins shy of eligibility âÄî a run in this yearâÄôs...

Freshman middle blocker Tori Dixon returns the ball to Northwestern October 29 and the Sports Pavillion.

Despite struggles on the road, Gophers split weekend

November 7, 2010

When it comes to Big Ten volleyball, thereâÄôs no place like home. For better or worse, no one knows that better than the 19th-ranked Gophers, who split a significant weekend on the road just three...

Ivan Gutesa won the men’s 100 breast for the University of Minnesota against North Carolina on Saturday.

Men and women both beat Iowa, lose to North Carolina

November 7, 2010

With two big wins over Iowa on Friday night, the menâÄôs and womenâÄôs swimming and diving teams brought perfect records into SaturdayâÄôs match-up with North Carolina. But the...

Despite injuries, Gophers holding on in fourth place

Despite injuries, Gophers holding on in fourth place

November 3, 2010

Nothing can ruin a teamâÄôs season like injuries âÄî and the 19th-ranked Gophers know that full well. After losing senior outside hitter Hayley Cowles to an ACL injury in preseason camp,...

Gutesa on a roll heading into back-to-back duals

Gutesa on a roll heading into back-to-back duals

November 3, 2010

Senior Ivan Gutesa went into last weekendâÄôs border battle without any expectations, unsure of what the teamâÄôs dual meet with Wisconsin would bring. Come Monday morning, Gutesa had two...

Gibbemeyer earns Big Ten Player of the Week

November 1, 2010

Senior captain Lauren Gibbemeyer is making a comeback--earning Co-Big Ten Player of the Week after missing the first half of the season with a wrist injury.  Gibbemeyer shares the honor with Penn...

Volleyball moves up to No. 19, breaks University record

November 1, 2010

After beating unranked Iowa and No. 24 Northwestern last week, the Gophers moved up to No. 19 in the AVCA top-25 rankings--breaking the team's consecutive-weeks-ranked record at 43 weeks.  The previous...

Gophers get needed win against Northwestern

Gophers get needed win against Northwestern

October 31, 2010

Sitting at 6-5 in the Big Ten, the 20th-ranked Gophers needed a big win to boost their conference record âÄî and team morale âÄî before heading into the final stretch of the season. The...

Both men and women beat Wisconsin at 'Pack the Pool'

Both men and women beat Wisconsin at ‘Pack the Pool’

October 31, 2010

Both the menâÄôs and womenâÄôs swimming and diving teams notched wins against border-rival Wisconsin on Friday during the teamsâÄô Pack the Pool event at the UniversityâÄôs...

Gophers sweep unranked Iowa

October 27, 2010

With just four weeks to go until the NCAA tournament teams are selected, the 20th-ranked Gophers are trying to pick up wins wherever they can to help get them back to the Final Four. The team used its...

Both teams host “Pack the Pool” meet against Wisconsin

October 27, 2010

While the womenâÄôs swimming and diving team prepares to defend its perfect 3-0 record, the men are getting ready to open their season âÄî hosting Wisconsin during a dual meet Friday. Both...

Gophers junior setter Stephanie Nucci plays against Wisconsin Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.

Star setter is already a UCLA grad

October 25, 2010

Stephanie Nucci may be one of the newest members of the Gophers volleyball team, but when it comes to being a college student, sheâÄôs no rookie. The setter is already a college graduate, receiving...

No. 20 Gophers split weekend

No. 20 Gophers split weekend

October 24, 2010

After two weeks on the road, the 20th-ranked Gophers were ready to come back to Minnesota and play in front of their home crowd. The homecoming brought mixed results: a tough loss to No. 6 Illinois on...

No. 20 Gophers refocusing on fundamentals

October 20, 2010

The 20th-ranked Gophers are getting down to the nitty-gritty this week, focusing on the basics before taking on No. 6 Illinois and Wisconsin this weekend at home. The Gophers struggled last weekend, dropping...

Winfield honored on Big Ten Network tonight (8pm)

October 19, 2010

              University alumnus Dave Winfield will take the national spotlight after being named No. 15 in the Big Ten Icons countdown, presented by Discover and...

Kaela Anderson competes in the 1000 freestyle, Saturday at the University Aquatic Center.

Women’s swim team improves to 3-0

October 17, 2010

The womenâÄôs swimming and diving team notched their third straight win Saturday âÄî and they did it without the help of their top swimmers. The Gophers chose to rest their best swimmers...

No. 19 Gophers drop two weekend matches

October 17, 2010

The Gophers went on the road this weekend, hoping for a split against two tough Big Ten teams. Unfortunately, the Gophers dropped both matches against 9th-ranked Penn State and Ohio StateâÄîbringing...

No. 19 Gophers have tough weekend ahead of them

October 13, 2010

Losing to No. 20 Northwestern on Sunday wasnâÄôt the only downside to the GophersâÄô weekend on the road. The team also dropped from No. 16 to No. 19 in the AVCA top-25 rankings, falling...

Gophers host Iowa State in home opener Saturday.

October 13, 2010

After finishing second in the Big Ten last year, the womenâÄôs swimming and diving team came into this season ready to show their competition they meant business. The Gophers did just that, notching...

Women’s swimming starts season with a pair of wins

October 10, 2010

The womenâÄôs swimming and diving team cruised through two meets this weekend, notching big wins on the road in their season opener against Michigan and Michigan State. The Gophers knocked off...

Minnesota upset by No. 24 Northwestern

October 10, 2010

The 16th-ranked Gophers became the third of the Big TenâÄôs top teams to suffer an upset this weekend, falling on the road to No. 24 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon. The Gophers took the first...

Gophers sweep Iowa on the road

October 6, 2010

The 16th-ranked Gophers took care of business on Wednesday, sweeping unranked Iowa on the road in three unstable sets. While the Big Ten victory is a cause for celebration, the 14-3 Gophers realized they...

No. 16 Gophers head to Iowa with momentum

No. 16 Gophers head to Iowa with momentum

October 6, 2010

Notching two more wins at home this weekend helped the 13-3 Gophers move up one spot to No. 16 in the weekly AVCA rankings. More importantly, though, the victories added a renewed sense of confidence to...

Swimming opens this weekend

October 6, 2010

The womenâÄôs swimming and diving team open up the season this Friday and head coaches Kelly Kremer and Terry Nieszner couldnâÄôt be more optimistic. âÄú[The pre-seasonâÄôs]...

Granquist recognized by Big Ten for defensive performance

October 4, 2010

              For the second time this season, junior Jessica Granquist has been recognized by the Big Ten for her performance as the Gophers’ starting libero.             ...

Volleyball gets two wins Homecoming weekend

Volleyball gets two wins Homecoming weekend

October 3, 2010

It was quite the Homecoming for the Gophers. In front of 2,500 fans, the 17th-ranked volleyball team opened up the Big Ten at home on Friday with a 3-1 victory over Purdue. The celebration continued on...

“Charge!” cheer: Gopher ties?

September 30, 2010

As the clock ticked towards halftime, things didnâÄôt look good for the struggling Minnesota football team. The GophersâÄîwho went 1-8 the year beforeâÄîwere losing the last game...

Gophers prepare for Big Ten opener

September 30, 2010

Head coach Mike Hebert sat quietly on the sidelines Tuesday, watching as the 17th-ranked Gophers finished off their strenuous training circuits during practice. The players rotated between wall-squats,...