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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 9, 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 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 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. 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 13, 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 12, 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...