The Minnesota Daily

All content by Mark Heise

OFF TOPIC with Kiara Buford

December 9, 2008

 I'd like to start this one off a little differently, first thanking those who deserve thanks. First and foremost, thank you to the athletes who have taken time to answer less-than pertinent questions...

Minnesota ends season with 1-3 loss

December 7, 2008

The Gophers just couldn't find that final comeback, as they fell behind 0-6 in the fourth set and didn't recover. Iowa State played well enough to win, making just five hitting errors in the final set....

Gophers trail Iowa State 2-0 at intermission

December 7, 2008

After dropping the first set, Minnesota handed over a 14-20 lead to the Cyclones in the second set, and the Sports Pavilion's crowd seemed lost for good. Katie Vatterrodt continued to play well, adding...

Minnesota vs. Iowa State NCAA volleyball second round pregame

December 7, 2008

 I'm not sure what was more interesting about warmups tonight; watching sophomore Victoria Henson warm up as she prepared to attempt carrying her team for another NCAA tournament win, or the Minnesota...

OFF TOPIC with Brittany McCoy

December 6, 2008

Junior guard Brittany McCoy and I covered a lot of ground in a short period of time, and as it turns out, she, like volleyball's Jessica Granquist earlier this week, had plenty of good things to say! So...

Minnesota volleyball sails to first-round win

December 6, 2008

The Gophers made quick work of NDSU Friday night, sweeping the Bison 25-28, 25-14, 25-14 while holding NDSU to a .052 hitting percentage. Lauren Gibbemeyer and Kyla Roehrig led the Gophers offensively,...

OFF TOPIC with Jessica Granquist

December 3, 2008

Freshman defensive specialist Jessica Granquist sat down with me, twice, to discuss everything from men's outerwear fashion, to prom, to her cousin Kevin McHale. And without any extra talk, here it is! Name:...

OFF TOPIC with Minnesota basketball’s Zoe Harper

December 1, 2008

So here you go, a couple of days late, and I apologize for that... but Minnesota basketball's Zoe Harper and I had a nice conversation last week, and I'm going to post it today. I apologize for the Thanksgiving...

OFF TOPIC with Alex Blatt

November 28, 2008

  Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Just in case somebody just finished their dinner and felt like popping in to check on the Off Topics tonight, here it is, one with Minnesota volleyball player, Alex...

OFF TOPIC with Minnesota basketball’s Kay Sylva

November 22, 2008

Minnesota women’s basketball senior guard Kay Sylva sat down with me this week… twice… to go Off Topic for your enjoyment. So sit back, relax, and learn a little more about the Gophers’...

Dieter out, Gophers defeat Michigan 3-1

November 22, 2008

Minnesota used great performances from Kyla Roehrig and Hailey Cowles to finish off Michigan. Both players seemed to step up following the loss of Dieter. Cowles finished with 10 kills, and Roehrig added...

Minnesota volleyball pregame notes vs. Michigan

November 22, 2008

Kyla Roehrig and Lauren Gibbemeyer are the only two players sitting on the bench as the Gophers drill defensively, but both are in full uniform, so there's no indication that Minnesota won't be full strength...

OFF TOPIC with Minnesota Volleyball’s Ashley Suapaia

November 19, 2008

Ashley Suapaia is healthy and back to practice, and we've got her Off Topic for you today. Ashley is one of the four freshmen on the Minnesota volleyball team, and was one of two players I had yet...

Former Minnesota goalkeeper’s return to campus soured

November 15, 2008

For Marquette junior goaltender and Minnesota native Chelsey Turner, the return to Minnesota wasn't a pleasant one.   After starting just 4 of 21 games for the Golden Eagles since transferring from...

OFF TOPIC with Minnesota basketball’s Travis Busch

November 14, 2008

Minnesota basketball fans, this one is for you. Travis Busch, the inbounder from the buzzer-beating Blake Hoffarber shot against Indiana in the conference tournament that nearly won Hoffarber another ESPY....

Minnesota women’s basketball tops Minnesota State Moorhead

November 10, 2008

The final exhibition game was a promising one for the Gophers, as Minnesota put up 75 points en route to a 75-49. More promising maybe, is the fact that Emily Fox didn't play. Fox sat out to rest her foot,...

Minnesota vs. Illinois, in-game updates

November 9, 2008

Krista Chin (7:10:41 PM): A long rally to start off the night ending with a Hartmann one-handed set to Gibbemeyer.   Mark Heise (7:13:21 PM): Minnesota is off to a quick start, jumping out to a 6-1...

Minnesota volleyball pre-game notes vs. Illinois

November 9, 2008

Mark Heise (6:40:25 PM):Krista Chin! You're back in action here with us, after two weeks of road trips and two absences due to time conflicts... do you remember how to do this job after such a long...

OFF TOPIC with Minnesota Track’s David Gierut

November 8, 2008

As promised, here's the second Off Topic of the week, and in the interview it sounds like it could be a good one! David Gierut and I talked about everything from a Secret Service investigation, to Poland,...

Minnesota vs. Purdue in game updates

November 8, 2008

Again, it's just me tonight, so please bear with me... Gophers take the lead with a little help from everyone, as Kelly Schmidt, Lauren Gibbemeyer and Brook Dieter all collect kills early on, and Kyla...

Minnesota volleyball vs. Purdue Pregame notes

November 8, 2008

Well everyone, it's just me tonight, and it's been a while since we've even had a home match to cover, and even longer since you only had to read my thoughts. So bear with us, and I promise to have Krista...

OFF TOPIC With Kelly Schmidt

November 7, 2008

Coming to you a little later than usual this week, but I am still promising two this week, so after you finish reading this one, check back soon for the next one! This week we're speaking with Kelly Schmidt,...

OFF TOPIC with Rachel Hartmann

October 30, 2008

Two in a week! Whew, do you know how tough it is to come up with enough questions to satisfy this need? Luckily, this blog is dedicated to you, our loyal readers, so we’ve put forth the effort for...

OFF TOPIC with Minnesota Soccer’s Lindsey Schwartz

October 28, 2008

Here it is, everyone... our first Off Topic EVER with an athlete from a sport I am not covering, and senior forward Lindsey Schwartz of the women's soccer team is the first participant. The volleyball...

OFF TOPIC with Brook Dieter

October 22, 2008

A quick note before we get into Brook's interview, as of this week, I will be bringing you two Off Topic's per week... one from the volleyball team, the team I cover, and one from another team outside...

OFF TOPIC with Lauren Gibbemeyer

October 18, 2008

Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer sat down with me this week and was willing to chat about everything from music to ketchup to scooters. Gibbemeyer has been busy leading the Gophers in most major...

Minnesota volleyball vs. Michigan State in-game updates, third set to end of game

October 17, 2008

CJ Spang" (8:12:56 PM): Minnesota will serve to start the third set, undoubtedly trying to get something going early, which the Gophers haven't been able to do at all so far. Mark Heise (8:14:54 PM): The...

Minnesota vs. Michigan State Volleyball, In-game updates with special guest CJ Spang

October 17, 2008

CJ Spang (6:59:33 PM): Game one is just about to start. Christine Tan is serving for the Gophers. And whoa we've got a development. Everyone was a little eager to get this one started. Both teams were...

Minnesota volleyball vs. Michigan State Pregame notes:

October 17, 2008

Mark Heise (6:35:41 PM): Welcome back to the Minnesota volleyball pregame blog... before we start tonight, we do have some announcements for you. Tonight, replacing Krista Chin as my guest blogger, is...

Minnesota vs. Iowa In-match updates… set 3 to finish

October 15, 2008

Krista Chin (8:01:57 PM): Megan Schipper continues to try that sharp cross court attack, one of which was hit into the net, the other which was dug by libero Christine Tan. Mark Heise (8:02:48 PM): Another...

Minnesota volleyball vs. Iowa pregame notes

October 15, 2008

Mark Heise (6:38:25 PM): The Big Ten Network is visiting Minnesota once again as the Gophers prepare to face Iowa in their first mid-week match of the season. Minnesota is looking to get the Penn State...

Iowa vs. Minnesota, In-game updates and analysis… Sets one and two

October 15, 2008

Mark Heise (7:09:40 PM): Minnesota starts off on a 4-0 run thanks to a pair of hitting errors on Iowa. Krista Chin (7:10:10 PM): We are seeing more attack attempts out of the back row from Brook Dieter,...

Minnesota/Penn State in-game blog, third set to finish.

October 11, 2008

*NOTE: This blog will work in the same way as the previous one tonight. We will continually update it, so check back frequently! Mark Heise (7:08:05 PM): Cowles remains in the front row to start the third...

In-game updates

October 11, 2008

*NOTE:For tonight, we will attempt to give you some more frequent updates on the match... Check back periodically to this same post, as we will update it periodically as the game progresses. Mark Heise...

Minnesota volleyball vs Penn State Pregame

October 11, 2008

Mark Heise (5:49:41 PM): Happy birthday to my sister Jean, as we prepare for the biggest volleyball matchup to come to Minnesota this year. No. 1 Penn State will face off against No. 12 Minnesota in the...

Minnesota sweeps Indiana… final thoughts

October 10, 2008

Krista Chin: The Minnesota Gopher Volleyball team swept Indiana by scores of 25-21, 25-17, 25-18. Minnesota was led on attack by Lauren Gibbemeyer who had team-high 17 kills with a .452 hitting percentage....

Minnesota volleyball pregame notes with Krista Chin

October 10, 2008

Mark Heise (6:34:50 PM):We're back at the nice, warm Sports Pavilion for the match between Minnesota and Indiana, and the first thing we need to point out is that Assistant Athletic Communications Director...

Minnesota leads 2-0 at the break

October 10, 2008

Mark Heise: Minnesota picked wins in the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-17 despite being out-blocked by Indiana 6-5. Kind of different for a team that thrives on strong blocking, don't you think? Krista...

OFF TOPIC With Christine Tan… 2008 edition

October 7, 2008

Good news for any “Off Topic” fans out there, we are back. Once again, “Off Topic” is here to ask the questions that really don’t need to be asked, and bring them to you for your own entertainment....

Minnesota finishes off successful weekend with a sweep

September 14, 2008

Kyla Roehrig collected 15 kills and Brook Dieter added 10 as Minnesota cruised past Notre Dame in three sets, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21. The Gophers weren't as sharp as they were earlier in the week, but certainly...

Minnesota volleyball vs. Notre Dame Pregame thoughts

September 14, 2008

Well, it's just me working today's match, so those of you who have enjoyed Krista Chin's in-depth analysis and dead-on predictions for the last two matches will have to bear with me. On the bright side,...

Gophers overpower Mustangs in four games, improve to 7-1

September 14, 2008

Minnesota continued its impressive weekend, capping a four-set win over Cal Poly, 25-18, 25-12, 25-27, 27-25 to improve to a 7-1 record. Lauren Gibbemeyer and Brook Dieter collected 15 kills apiece to...

Mid-game Update

September 14, 2008

Minnesota grabbed a commanding 2-0 lead over Cal Poly heading into the break, winning 25-18, 25-12 while holding the Mustangs to a -.034 hit percentage. The Gophers recorded 7 blocks in the two sets, and...

Minnesota volleyball vs. Cal Poly Pregame notes, with Krista Chin

September 14, 2008

Less-than ideal weather hasn't hurt the attendance tonight as Minnesota prepares to take on No. 16 Cal Poly in front of a fairly-packed Sports Pavilion. The Gophers are coming off of a convincing win over...

Minnesota Sweeps No. 4 Bears

September 13, 2008

One year following a California sweep of Minnesota, the Gophers returned the favor. Minnesota finished off the No. 4 Golden Bears 25-21, 25-20, 25-23, holding California to a .124 hit percentage, with...

Intermission Notes

September 13, 2008

Just a quick update on the match so far, and we’ll get back to Krista, AND our question of the day. (Remember, you can ask Krista a question of the day by sending an email to [email protected], subject...

Pre-Game notes with Krista Chin

September 13, 2008

Before we getting into the analysis, please note Hailey Cowles is the starting left-side in place of Kyla Roehrig. Mark Heise: Everyone always says each game is just as important as the next one, or they...

Pregame notes, and introducing your guest blogger for the night… Krista Chin

September 13, 2008

It's a decent turnout for Minnesota's first home game of the season, as the Gophers prepare to take on No. 4 California to kick off the Diet Coke Classic. STARTING LINEUP. Granquist Cowles Gibbemeyer Schmidt...

Hopefully everyone can find this… Added volleyball information

September 12, 2008

NOTE - I want to start off by apologizing for the lack of additional blog coverage lately, switching over to the new website has taken just a little longer than expected, but I've been told we are working...

Gophers continue to rise

September 9, 2008

The Minnesota volleyball team jumped another spot in the polls despite a close five-game loss to Hawaii this weekend, moving up to No. 11 in the polls. Hawaii moved up to 10, while Wisconsin dropped from...

Gophers entering unfamiliar territory

May 9, 2008

When the Minnesota softball team suits up to play in its first Big Ten tournament game since 2004, it will be facing an unknown. Thanks to a rainout earlier in the season, the Gophers will face Purdue...

Athletes in Carlson find success despite demanding duties

May 6, 2008

The stereotype of a 'dumb jock' doesn't fit well with the student-athletes at the University. With 188 athletes holding a cumulative grade-point average of over 3.5 through the fall 2007 semester, 29 percent...

Dorniden, Ness named male and female athletes of the year

May 5, 2008

Even Goldy Gopher sported a tie as the Minnesota athletic department put on its own version of a red-carpet affair, hosting the second annual Golden Goldy awards ceremony Sunday at Radisson Hotel. In an...

Gophers earn wins 1,000 and 1,001 with sweep of Green Bay

May 1, 2008

Stellar pitching and a pair of timely hits was all the Minnesota softball team needed Wednesday night. The Gophers (26-15 overall, 7-7 Big Ten) recorded a pair of shutouts in their midweek series against...

Gophers focused heading into midweek series

April 30, 2008

After letting a sweep of Ohio State slip through its fingers, the Minnesota softball team's Monday practice seemed filled with an even higher level of concentration than normal. High-intensity infield...

Gophers earn tourney berth

April 28, 2008

With snow falling, and Frank Sinatra's "White Christmas" playing over the loudspeaker, the Minnesota softball team clinched a spot in its first Big Ten Tournament since 2004. up next Wisconsin-Green...

Rain, rain won’t go away for Minnesota

April 25, 2008

It was another missed opportunity to play for the Minnesota softball team Thursday, as the midweek doubleheader against South Dakota State was rained out two outs into the top of the third inning. The...

Minnesota looking to bounce back offensively this weekend

April 18, 2008

After suffering a four-hit weekend at the hands of tough Michigan pitching, the Minnesota softball team entered the new week ready to swing the bat. Senior outfielder Sila Fernandez said the team spent...

Campbell to transfer at end of the semester

April 16, 2008

The Minnesota women's basketball team granted the scholarship release of sophomore forward Korinne Campbell upon Campbell's request Monday, the Athletic Communications office said. Campbell played in 65...

Big Ten Tournament will be no more after this season

April 15, 2008

Change is in the air for Big Ten women's softball, and it's something Minnesota coach Lisa Bernstein seems excited about. After 14 consecutive seasons with an end-of-the-year conference tournament and...

Gophers now a force to be reckoned with in Big Ten

April 4, 2008

The Minnesota softball team played competitive games against Northwestern, one of the best teams in the nation, last week. Now, the Gophers (19-10 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) prepare for their home opener with...

Wildcats give Minn. the Sunday blues

March 31, 2008

Opening weekend for Big Ten softball didn't look too promising, with poor weather forecasts appearing to follow Minnesota everywhere. up next North Dakota State what: Softball when: 4 p.m., Wednesday where:...

Gophers stay hot with sweep of S. Dakota

March 24, 2008

Things may be looking up for the Minnesota baseball team. The Gophers continued to roll over the weekend, sweeping a three-game series against South Dakota State at the Metrodome by scores of 3-1, 5-4...

‘Twin towers’ at the helm of hot playing Gophers

March 13, 2008

Glance at the Minnesota softball team's pitching staff and you may think you're seeing double. Junior pitchers Briana Hassett and Katie Dalen couldn't have more similarities if they tried. They run together,...

Conway leading Minnesota at the plate

March 7, 2008

There isn't much room for improvement as the Minnesota softball team takes its 10-game winning streak on the road this weekend. The Gophers, who have given up just one run over the last nine games, will...

Anybody’s game

March 6, 2008

Minnesota women's basketball coach Pam Borton said during the last weekend of the regular season that there was no clear favorite to take the Big Ten tournament. 2008 BIG TEN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT March...

Anderson and Lavender share Big Ten Player of the Year honors

March 5, 2008

The Big Ten Player of the Year was split between two players this year, Ohio State freshman center Jantel Lavender and Wisconsin senior guard Jolene Anderson. Lavender was voted player of the year by the...

Gophers nail down a big win over Indiana at the Barn

February 29, 2008

It was expected that the Indiana women's basketball team would have several different contributors on the offensive end Thursday, but no one expected Minnesota to do the same. The Gophers (19-10 overall,...

Tournament seeds may not be final until final game of the year

February 27, 2008

The loss the Minnesota women's basketball team suffered Saturday was bad enough by itself for a team fighting for conference position. But when compounded with wins from Michigan and Indiana, things got...

Gophers go undefeated in Georgia

February 25, 2008

Heading into the Georgia Southern tournament over the weekend, Minnesota softball coach Lisa Bernstein said the Gophers were looking for a tournament championship. up next Dartmouth what: Softball when:...

Minn. falls short in second Big Ten home loss of the season

February 25, 2008

A lack of scoring proved to be the biggest issue for the Minnesota women's basketball team Saturday. up next Indiana what: Women's basketball when: 7 p.m., Thursday where: Williams Arena The Gophers...

Minnesota heads south for tournament

February 22, 2008

Minnesota softball coach Lisa Bernstein set a bold goal for this weekend, after starting the season 6-5. "We want to go in there, take care of business and walk out of there with the tournament championship,"...

As conference schedule comes to a close, regular-season title up for grabs

February 20, 2008

With just three or four games remaining in the women's basketball Big Ten schedule, there are a few races remaining that could generate interest heading into the conference tournament. The biggest race...

Minnesota finishes tournament 3-2

February 18, 2008

For a somewhat inexperienced Minnesota softball team, the weekend could not have gone better. The Gophers either won or were an at-bat away from a win in each of the five games played at the Metrodome...

Gophers’ comeback effort falls short

February 18, 2008

Chalk up another tough road loss for the Minnesota women's basketball team. The Gophers (18-9 overall, 9-6 Big Ten) fell once again despite playing with a lead late in the second half, losing to Iowa 72-69...

Gophers survive Penn State comeback

February 15, 2008

The Penn State women's basketball team didn't do many things right at home Thursday against Minnesota. The Nittany Lions did manage to stay out of foul trouble however, which was nearly enough to top the...

Minnesota won’t have to fight cold weather with tourney at Metrodome

February 14, 2008

Last season, the Minnesota women's softball team struggled through the cold weather in its second tournament of the year, facing 30-degree temperatures in Oklahoma. The Gophers won't have to worry about...

Fox, Knight combine for 42 in win

February 11, 2008

Northwestern continued to be the rock every team gets to kick in women's basketball Sunday, as Minnesota (17-8 overall, 8-5 Big Ten) booted around the Wildcats at Williams Arena in a 68-48 win. up next...

Gophers head south for season-opening tournament in Jacksonville

February 8, 2008

Heading into the Jacksonville tournament, the Minnesota softball team is facing plenty of uncertainties. With three infield positions to fill, the Gophers started a four-day, six-game tournament Thursday...

Minnesota halts a hot Illinois squad

February 8, 2008

The Minnesota women's basketball team may have solved its problem of having a lack of scoring options. The Gophers had four of their starters reach double-digits in the scoring column Thursday, as Minnesota...

Minn. hoping return to the Barn brings better fortune after tough road stretch

February 7, 2008

Junior guard Emily Fox appeared to be on a roll Wednesday before the Minnesota women's basketball practice. The junior, coming off a rough offensive week, knocked down seven consecutive three-pointers,...

Gophers have some voids to fill in the middle of the lineup

February 5, 2008

Losing more than half of a starting lineup can cause most teams to struggle, but coach Julie Standering said that the Minnesota softball team won't be having those problems this year. However, the Gophers...

Fox, Gophers continue to roll; complete sweep of Michigan State

January 28, 2008

Thursday night, senior forward Leslie Knight carried the Minnesota women's basketball team to a win. But on Sunday afternoon, it was all about Emily Fox. up next purdue what: Women's basketball when:...

Knight putting up points, turning heads

January 23, 2008

Junior guard Emily Fox is undoubtedly the offensive leader on the Minnesota women's basketball team. But since the start of the Big Ten season, Fox hasn't been the only one putting up big numbers for the...

Minnesota makes an early exit to end a disappointing season

December 3, 2007

There will be no Sweet 16 for the Minnesota volleyball team this year. The Gophers fell out of the tournament after getting bumped in the first round by Sacramento State on Friday, 30-23, 25-30, 24-30,...

Busy weekend for Gophs starts tonight

November 30, 2007

As good as the Minnesota women's basketball team has been so far this season, it will need to continue to improve as the team prepares for the upcoming conference season. As the Gophers (7-1 overall, 0-0...

Defense gets big bump from Sylva

November 29, 2007

With the season-ending injury to defensive-minded senior guard Jordan Barnes, junior guard Kay Sylva has been nothing less than a godsend to the Minnesota women's basketball team. Sylva came straight from...

A sigh of relief for Minnesota after getting into NCAA Tournament

November 27, 2007

For the Minnesota volleyball team, making the NCAA tournament hasn't been an issue in recent years. But this year, when the Gophers' name appeared in the bracket as an unranked qualifier, there was a momentary...

Hawaii a good destination for Gophers

November 27, 2007

Two games into the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Tournament, the Minnesota women's basketball team's win streak finally ended. The Gophers (6-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) continued to play well in their opening game,...

Gophers road split good enough to earn playoff berth

November 26, 2007

It wasn't a great weekend for the Minnesota volleyball team, but it should be enough to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Gophers (18-12 overall, 11-9 Big Ten) struggled to find their rhythm on the...

Gophers 6-game win streak ends with loss to Virginia

November 26, 2007

It's a good thing the Gophers can rebound. The Minnesota women's basketball team needed at least two chances to score each time down the floor against North Dakota State last night at Williams Arena, winning...

Hebert pleased with his team’s efforts

November 21, 2007

Entering the season, coach Mike Hebert had much different plans for the Minnesota volleyball team. After opening the season with plans to make a run at not only the conference title, but the national title...

Gophers escape with narrow victory

November 21, 2007

It's a good thing the Gophers can rebound. The Minnesota women's basketball team needed at least two chances to score each time down the floor against North Dakota State last night at Williams Arena, winning...

Gophers have chance to repay Bison at Williams

November 20, 2007

The Minnesota women's basketball team might be off to a good start, but the Gophers will be hoping to have a little better luck this year against North Dakota State than they did last season. The Bison...

Minnesota restores some order with wins

November 19, 2007

In the conversion from the lackluster team that couldn't win in October to the defensive gem that is now the Minnesota volleyball team, the Gophers can look to two main factors: left-side hitting and improved...

Gophers rally late to nab Classic title

November 19, 2007

What a difference a year makes. Just one season removed from several close losses in November, the Minnesota women's basketball team put together a pair of late comebacks at home, topping Western Carolina...

Minnesota closes out home season with must-win games

November 16, 2007

Heading into the final weeks of the regular season, the Minnesota volleyball team's postseason chances are still in doubt. But after breaking through with a pair of big road wins last weekend, the Gophers...

Packed November continues for Gophers with Subway Classic

November 16, 2007

As Minnesota's undefeated women's basketball team prepares to begin a 10-day, six-game stretch, one thing is certain: It's not going to be easy. The Gophers (2-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) will start one of...

Minnesota cruises to easy road win over Northern Iowa

November 14, 2007

After losing several close games in November last season, starting strong was a goal for the Minnesota women's basketball team this season. And it's been something the Gophers have been able to do so far...

Minnesota has first road test tonight in Cedar Falls

November 13, 2007

If Northern Iowa's convincing 72-58 win over Colorado State is any indication of how the Panthers' season will go, the low-scoring Minnesota women's basketball team might be in trouble tonight. But it...