The Minnesota Daily

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Minnesota snaps Wisconsin’s win streak

November 16, 2006

Wednesday was a happy 21st birthday for junior middle blocker Jessy Jones. Jones combined with senior middle blocker and Wisconsin native Meredith Nelson to have a field day, as the Minnesota volleyball...

Second place on the line for Minnesota against Wisconsin

November 15, 2006

Tied with Wisconsin for second place in the Big Ten, Minnesota's volleyball team's midweek contest against the Badgers could be the biggest remaining match this season. The Gophers head to Wisconsin today...

Nelson sets NCAA record in weekend sweep

November 13, 2006

With a strong performance to grab a pair of three-game sweeps over Illinois and Northwestern, the Minnesota volleyball team may have quieted some of its doubters. Senior middle blocker Meredith Nelson...

Gophers trying to regroup after surprising loss

November 10, 2006

With just six regular-season matches remaining for the Minnesota volleyball team, this weekend carries extra importance. Having lost two of their last three matches, the Gophers have come to a fork in...

Competitive nature defines Jones

November 8, 2006

Junior middle blocker Jessy Jones is the leading blocker for Minnesota's volleyball team this season, thanks in part to her extremely competitive nature. Considering this, it might be a surprise to most...

Conference title chances nearly gone with loss

November 6, 2006

If there was any hope of a conference title left for Minnesota's volleyball team, it died over the weekend. The Gophers needed a sweep over the weekend, but split matches on their Michigan trip, defeating...

Minnesota cruises past Golden Eagles

November 6, 2006

If the preseason shows any indication of Minnesota's women's basketball team's strengths, then guard-play and defense should be its forte. The Gophers made full use of their quickness and ball-handling...

Solid defense core is reason for success

November 1, 2006

In the Minnesota volleyball program, it's always been all about the defense. The Gophers have thrived with several defensive-minded teams over the years and, with this year's backcourt tandem of senior...

Gophers can’t top Penn State

October 30, 2006

After an exhilarating win over Ohio State on Friday, the Minnesota volleyball team let its chance to take sole ownership of the conference lead slip through its fingers. The Gophers' 12-match winning streak...

Pair of wins would put Gophers on track for title

October 27, 2006

This weekend could easily turn into the biggest of the year for the Minnesota volleyball team. Needing a pair of wins to keep their hopes of a conference title alive, the 12th-ranked Gophers face the two...

Solid first half of Big Ten play for Gophers

October 25, 2006

Following a shaky start to its nonconference schedule, Minnesota's volleyball team has rebounded well to pick up a 9-1 start in the Big Ten and sits just a game back of Penn State for the conference lead. Ranked...

Gophers end first half of conference play 9-1 with dominating road win over Iowa

October 23, 2006

The Minnesota volleyball team is steamrolling its way into the second half of the season, continuing its hot streak with a three-game sweep at Iowa Friday night. The win rounded out the first half of a...

Gophers will try to extend hot streak against Iowa

October 20, 2006

The Minnesota volleyball team may have knocked off three ranked teams in its last four matches, but it's not time for the Gophers to relax quite yet. Minnesota travels to play Iowa tonight in Iowa City,...

Gophers win fourth straight with sweep of Wisconsin at Sports Pavilion

October 19, 2006

Minnesota's volleyball team continued to thrive within the friendly confines of the Sports Pavilion, knocking off No. 11 Wisconsin on Wednesday in three games. The 17th-ranked Gophers played well on both...

Rival Wisconsin comes to town for midweek match at Sports Pavilion

October 18, 2006

The matches between the Minnesota and Wisconsin volleyball teams have been traditionally close, and this season should be no different. The 17th-ranked Gophers face the Badgers at 7 p.m. today at the Sports...

Home winning streak extended to seven games

October 16, 2006

It was home sweet home again this weekend for the Minnesota volleyball team. The 23rd-ranked Gophers defended their perfect home record on the year winning their sixth and seventh home matches of the season. Minnesota...

Minnesota returns home after solid road weekend

October 13, 2006

C Coming off a big road win over Ohio State last weekend, Minnesota's volleyball team will have some added momentum to go with its home-court advantage. The 23rd-ranked Gophers (11-5 overall, 5-1 Big Ten)...

Hartmann shines in new single-setter role

October 11, 2006

For sophomore setter Rachel Hartmann, change has been a good thing. After playing part time from the back row as a freshman, Hartmann was promoted to the primary setter role and has excelled in more ways...

Gophers get the better of one ranked team, fall to another

October 9, 2006

The winning streak finally ended for Minnesota's volleyball team, but the Gophers are still headed in the right direction. Following a loss to No. 2 Penn State on Friday, No. 24 Minnesota turned around...

Minnesota goes up against the best this weekend

October 6, 2006

The Minnesota volleyball team's undefeated Big Ten record could be in jeopardy as it has its biggest challenge of the season this weekend. Minnesota travels to play No. 2 Penn State at 6 tonight and then...

Hebert inducted into AVCA Hall of Fame

October 4, 2006

Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert seems to be piling on the accomplishments this year. Just one week after notching his program-leading 264th victory, Hebert received even more good news - his election...

Gophers win streak at eight after home wins

October 2, 2006

Another record was set by the Minnesota volleyball team this weekend. With two Big Ten wins, the Gophers improved to 4-0 in the conference and became the first team since 2002 to win its first four conference...

Pair of Michigan schools comes to Sports Pavilion

September 29, 2006

With a strong defensive performance last weekend and a current six-game win streak, the Minnesota volleyball team has plenty of reasons to look forward to coming home this weekend. The Gophers play their...

Nelson’s success goes beyond the court

September 27, 2006

For an athlete who also enjoys school, last Saturday night was a great night for some history. Senior standout Meredith Nelson made history Saturday in Illinois, becoming just the 18th volleyball player...

Hebert reaches milestone with wins

September 25, 2006

Sometimes, when teams are playing well, things just seem to go their way. That happened on the road for Minnesota's volleyball team this weekend as the Gophers stayed hot, extending their winning streak...

Minnesota opens conference play on road

September 22, 2006

With six Big Ten teams in the top 25 this season, the volleyball competition in the conference looks to be even more challenging than Minnesota's nonconference schedule. The Gophers kick off their conference...

Sophomore starts season strong

September 21, 2006

For sophomore outside hitter Katie Vatterrodt, volleyball was something of an acquired taste. While some athletes seem to realize their calling at an early age, it took Vatterrodt a little longer to discover...

Perfection at the Diet Coke Classic

September 18, 2006

It's extremely hard to find something wrong with how Minnesota's volleyball team played this past weekend. The Gophers dominated in every aspect of the game, sweeping through the competition at the Diet...

Minnesota back home for Diet Coke Classic

September 15, 2006

Despite taking a few early season losses, the Minnesota women's volleyball team has a legitimate opportunity to put together a four-game winning streak at home this weekend. The Gophers have suffered through...

Peniata solid in return as Gophers pick up midweek victory over Northern Iowa

September 14, 2006

With a mixture of offensive and defensive dominance combined with just a hint of weakness, Minnesota's volleyball team managed to cook up a big win in Rochester Wednesday. The Gophers were overpowering...

Midweek match against Northern Iowa could be pivotal

September 13, 2006

Rivalries require a history and there is plenty of history between Minnesota and Northern Iowa. When the Gophers' volleyball team takes on the Panthers tonight in Rochester for this year's Border Battle,...

Gophers go 1-2 at Nebraska Tourney

September 11, 2006

For Minnesota's volleyball team, this weekend's goal was simple - improve. After an underachieving tournament the week before, the Gophers needed a boost, and received it in the form of three quality matches...

Gophers take on top teams in Nebraska

September 8, 2006

As strong as the competition will be this weekend, Minnesota's volleyball team will have to improve its level of play from last weekend if it hopes to be more successful. The Gophers head to the Ameritas...

Challenging nonconference schedule part of plan for regular season success

September 7, 2006

When it comes to nonconference scheduling, the Minnesota volleyball team chooses a much different route than some programs. Instead of the theory "pile on wins early" the Gophers try something else: playing...