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Nolan O'Hara, Sports Editor

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Episode 39: Gophers softball on a roll in final stretch of regular season

Episode 39: Gophers softball on a roll in final stretch of regular season

Published April 24, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers softball team's recent success, the team's series against Nebraska and what to expect in the waning stretch of the season.
Episode 38: Gophers volleyball looks to make another NCAA tournament run

Episode 38: Gophers volleyball looks to make another NCAA tournament run

Published April 16, 2021
Description: In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the ebb and flow of the Gophers volleyball team's season, the team's return to the NCAA tournament and what team's the Gophers could face on their side of the bracket.
Episode 37: Gophers mens hockey falls to Mankato

Episode 37: Gophers men’s hockey falls to Mankato

Published April 3, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers men's hockey team's tournament run, predictions for the Frozen Four and who might be in the lineup when the Gophers take the ice next season.
Courtesy photo of Regina Martinez.

‘You’re going to be making history’: UMN medical student breaks barriers as first Mexican woman to compete in FIS World Ski Championships

Published March 26, 2021
Regina Martínez is the first Mexican woman to represent her country in the FIS World Ski Championships.
Episode 36: Gophers turn to Ben Johnson to keep in-state talent

Episode 36: Gophers turn to Ben Johnson to keep in-state talent

Published March 25, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses new Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson, Johnson's introductory press conference and his recruiting aspirations in the state of Minnesota.
Episode 35: With Pitino out, Gophers mens basketball begins its coaching search

Episode 35: With Pitino out, Gophers men’s basketball begins its coaching search

Published March 19, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the firing of Richard Pitino, recruiting in-state talent and who might fill the void as the next head coach of the Golden Gophers.
Episode 34: Gophers womens hockey stunned by tournament snub

Episode 34: Gophers women’s hockey stunned by tournament snub

Published March 12, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the NCAA tournament committee's decision to leave the Gophers women's hockey team out of the tournament, the team's reaction and whether seniors will elect to return next season.
Episode 33: Gophers mens basketball drops sixth straight, looks to Rutgers

Episode 33: Gophers men’s basketball drops sixth straight, looks to Rutgers

Published March 5, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers' last three losses, the team's tournament hopes and whether John Beilein will be the next head coach of Minnesota.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers volleyball postponed for second straight week

Published March 4, 2021
It will have been almost two weeks since Minnesota has played when it returns to Maturi Pavilion on March 12-13.
Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.  The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher womens cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Gophers women win 2021 Big Ten indoor track and field championships

Published February 28, 2021
Eight first-place finishes carried the Gophers women’s track and field team to its first Big Ten title since 2018.
Episode 32: Gophers hockey bounces back with sweep over Notre Dame

Episode 32: Gophers hockey bounces back with sweep over Notre Dame

Published February 19, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers men's hockey team's latest series against Notre Dame, Jack LaFontaine's rise at goaltender and the team's upcoming matchup against Michigan State.
Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.  The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher womens cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Gophers sweep 3,000 meter at Hawkeye Invitational

Published February 14, 2021
Gophers runners Bethany Hasz and Alec Basten both earned 3,000 meter titles at the Hawkeye Big Ten Invitational on Saturday.
Episode 31: Gophers men’s basketball ends three-game skid, looks towards Purdue

Episode 31: Gophers men’s basketball ends three-game skid, looks towards Purdue

Published February 11, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team, their latest win against Nebraska, the team's difficulty shooting the three and what to expect on Thursday against Purdue.
Episode 30: Gophers volleyball off to 4-0 start to 2021 campaign

Episode 30: Gophers volleyball off to 4-0 start to 2021 campaign

Published February 5, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers volleyball team's start to the season, the team's top-ranked recruiting class and what to expect from the team this weekend against Purdue.
Episode 29: Gophers drop first home game to Maryland, up next is Purdue

Episode 29: Gophers drop first home game to Maryland, up next is Purdue

Published January 30, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team's first home loss of the season to Maryland, the team's shooting struggles and what to expect on Saturday against Purdue.
Gable Steveson grapples with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2019. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling dominated by No. 1 Iowa

Published January 22, 2021
The Gophers fell in their fourth dual of the season to the top-ranked Hawkeyes, losing every match except at heavyweight.
Episode 28: Catching up with Gophers basketball

Episode 28: Catching up with Gophers basketball

Published January 22, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team, recaps the first 15 games of their season and looks ahead to the next stretch of Big Ten teams on the schedule.
Head coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks to players during a time out at Maturi Pavillon on Saturday, Nov 3, 2018. The Gophers won 3-2 against Michigan State.

Gophers volleyball to kick off season Jan. 23

Published December 30, 2020
Coming off a Final Four appearance last season, the Gophers will look to be among the best in the country once again after returning a number of starters and adding the top-ranked recruiting class.
Gophers Wide Receiver Rashod Bateman carries the ball at the 2020 Outback Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 1.  The Gophers went on to take the game 31-24 over the Auburn Tigers.

Gophers Bateman opts out of remainder of the season

Published November 25, 2020
Gophers fans will have to wait until the 2021 NFL season to see Rashod Bateman back on the field.
Episode 27: Defensive struggles hurt Minnesota in its first two games

Episode 27: Defensive struggles hurt Minnesota in its first two games

Published November 5, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers early season defensive woes, special team's struggles and how the team can get back on track Saturday against Illinois.
Episode 26: Gophers football: From Michigan to Maryland

Episode 26: Gophers football: From Michigan to Maryland

Published October 30, 2020
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers first game of the season against Maryland, the team's defensive struggles and what to expect this weekend against Maryland.
Episode 25: A look at Michigan

Episode 25: A look at Michigan

Published October 22, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses Michigan, the Gophers' football team's first opponent of the 2020 season. Michigan will try to keep the Little Brown Jug when it travels to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. 
Episode 24: Previewing Gopher football

Episode 24: Previewing Gopher football

Published October 16, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the upcoming Gophers football season and the team's current position in the AP rankings.
Episode 23: Cuts and Title IX compliance

Episode 23: Cuts and Title IX compliance

Published October 8, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the athletics department's proposal to eliminate three men's sports and the expected roster cuts to women's sports under the proposal.
Episode 22: Bateman is back for the Gophers

Episode 22: Bateman is back for the Gophers

Published October 8, 2020
In this episode of "The Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses Rashod Bateman's return and what both the Gophers offense and defense might look like in the upcoming season.
Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

NCAA grants waiver for Gophers’ Robbins

Published September 2, 2020

Forward Liam Robbins' waiver was granted by the NCAA, allowing him to play this season for the Gophers' basketball team, according to the Star Tribune's Marcus Fuller.  Robbins transferred to the...

Morgan La Casse

UMN student-athlete charged with criminal sexual conduct

Published August 25, 2020

A University of Minnesota track and field athlete was charged Tuesday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Hennepin County District court, according to a criminal complaint. Kevin Nedrick, a rising...

Head Coach PJ Fleck leads the team out of the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers defeated Penn State 31-26 to bring their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

Without football this fall, Fleck encourages Gophers to ‘Row the Boat’ and focus on the present

Published August 14, 2020

Row the boat.  That's been the mantra of Gophers' head coach P.J. Fleck for nearly a decade. Fleck coined "Row the Boat" in 2011 after the death of his son, using it as a call to persevere through...

A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Big Ten cancels fall sports

Published August 11, 2020

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference announced the cancellation of fall sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it the first Power Five conference to cancel football.  “As time progressed and...

Gophers Guard Marcus Carr dribbles the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The Gophers went into the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Carr opts out of NBA Draft, will return to Minnesota

Published July 31, 2020

Gophers' guard Marcus Carr is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and will return to Minnesota for his redshirt junior season, according to the Star Tribune.  Carr was an All-Big Ten selection last season...

A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Seven Gophers’ athletes test positive for COVID-19

Published June 30, 2020

As the University of Minnesota preps for the return of fall sports, seven Gophers' student athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the University's athletics department.  The athletics...

Junior Erik Hunter competes in the 200 Yard Backstroke race during the Minnesota Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center.

Gophers swim and dive poised for breakout 2020

Published May 18, 2020

Between key returners coming back in the fall and the addition of 26 incoming freshmen, the Gophers' swimming and diving team is poised for a breakout 2020-2021 season.  On the women's side, the Gophers...

Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks with his team at the Maturi Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Gophers ended the night with a 3-1 loss against the Badgers.

Q&A: Myers discusses upcoming season at Minnesota

Published May 5, 2020

The Gophers volleyball team has made noise in recent years, reaching the Final Four three times in the past five seasons, including in 2019. That hasn't stopped the team from improving, as Minnesota has...

Junior Katelyn Kemmetmueller practices on the side as freshman Emma burns goes up to bat on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Ritter in for the long haul as Gopher softball coach

Published May 4, 2020

The Gophers' softball team has had three different head coaches in the last four years. That period of turnover is now over.  On Sunday, Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced Piper Ritter will take...

The Gopher softball team stands during the national anthem on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Gophers softball begins head coaching search

Published April 30, 2020

A spring break series in Hawaii, a canceled season and now a head coaching search. It's been a whirlwind last two months for the Gophers softball team.  On April 23, in the midst of an already uncertain...

Outside Hitter Alexis Hart dives for the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers took Nebraska to five sets but ultimately fell 3-2.

Former Gophers standout Alexis Hart finishes first season of pro career overseas

Published April 28, 2020

The Gopher volleyball team's Final Four loss to Stanford didn't mark the end of volleyball for outside hitter Alexis Hart.  In her career at Minnesota, Hart was a two-time All-American selection,...

Gophers softball head coach Jamie Trachsel speaks to players of the team.

Gophers softball head coach Jamie Trachsel announces departure for Ole Miss

Published April 24, 2020

Gophers softball head coach Jamie Trachsel is leaving the program to become the next head coach at Ole Miss, according to KSTP's Darren Wolfson.  Trachsel spent three seasons as the head coach of...

Courtesy of University of Minnesota athletics. 

Rowing and sewing: Gophers rower makes masks to help fight pandemic

Published April 23, 2020

After the Gophers rowing team's season was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, senior Natalie Stratton picked up a new hobby.  Looking for a way to contribute in a difficult time without wanting...

Junior Katelyn Kemmetmueller throws the ball to first base for an out on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Three more seniors announce 2021 return for Gophers softball

Published April 22, 2020

Three more seniors will be returning to the Gophers' softball team for the 2021 season, the team announced Monday via Twitter.  On March 30, the NCAA passed a proposal granting spring athletes an...

Brooke Vander Heide reflects on short yet meaningful senior season

Published April 20, 2020

Deciding to transfer to the University of Minnesota for her senior season, Brooke Vander Heide was looking forward to something new.  Prior to attending Minnesota, the senior outfielder spent three...

Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks with his team at the Maturi Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Gophers ended the night with a 3-1 loss against the Badgers.

Gophers volleyball adds grad transfer

Published April 17, 2020

On Friday, Gophers volleyball team announced the addition of Katie Myers, a graduate transfer from the University of Maryland, to its 2020 roster.  Myers, a middle blocker, is the latest addition...

Hayden trains for postponed Olympic trials, helps others

Published April 10, 2020

Ever since high school, it was Kristen Hayden's dream to make Team USA for the 2020 Olympics.  Even before attending the University of Minnesota, the Gophers' diver knew she was going to take an off-year...

The doors of the 3M Arena at Mariucci are plastered with notices announcing changes to access on Saturday, March 21.

University estimates millions in lost athletics revenue, up to $75 million

Published April 8, 2020

The Board of Regents released estimates Tuesday that the University's athletic department could lose as much as $75 million in revenue if the coronavirus pandemic were to affect athletics in the fall.  The...

Pitcher Amber Fisher hugs catcher Emma Burns after a strike out pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium against Northwestern on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Amber Fiser to come back in the circle in 2021

Published April 6, 2020

When the Gophers softball season came to an unexpected end due to concerns over COVID-19, pitcher Amber Fiser thought her collegiate career was over.  Playing a series in Hawaii at the time, Fiser...

Sophomore Gable Steveson celebrates after a winning a match during the meet against Nebraska at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 21.

Steveson’s Olympic and national championship aspirations on halt for now

Published April 6, 2020

After winning his first Big Ten Championship, top-ranked heavyweight Gable Steveson was prepped for a hectic March and April, looking not only to win a national championship but also to qualify for the...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. (Jasmin Kemp / Minnesota Daily)

Softball’s season comes to a sudden end

Published March 19, 2020

In just five short days, Gophers softball had its season completely upended.  They went from playing in a tournament in Hawaii to learning their season over and their classes were moved online for...

Sophomore Gable Steveson celebrates after a winning a match during the meet against Nebraska at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 21.

Steveson wins heavyweight title as Gophers take eighth at the Big Ten Championships

Published March 10, 2020

A year removed from his second place finish at the Big Ten Championships, top-ranked sophomore Gable Steveson returned to take the heavyweight crown, knocking off previously undefeated Mason Parris of...

Gophers Brayton Lee fights a takedown at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling braces for Big Ten Championships

Published March 5, 2020

After closing out their season with a 9-8 record in duals, the Gophers wrestling team is looking toward the Big Ten Championships, taking place March 7-8 in New Jersey.  Minnesota lost its last three...

Natalie Denhartog waits for the pitch during the game against Iowa at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday, April 26.

Minnesota softball puts together its best weekend of the year

Published March 2, 2020

Strong offensive performances helped the Gophers softball team to an impressive showing at the Auburn Tournament, where it won four of five games games in the series. Gophers run-rule Binghamton, top Auburn...

MaKenna Partain waits to bat on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

MaKenna Partain is a consistent force for Gophers softball

Published February 27, 2020

When the Gophers softball team needs a hit, it knows it can count on the bat of MaKenna Partain.  The Gophers' senior infielder has been a mark of consistency for the team in the last four years....

Sophomore Gable Steveson celebrates after a winning a match during the meet against Nebraska at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 21.

Skatzka shines for Gophers in loss to Nebraska

Published February 24, 2020

Redshirt senior Devin Skatzka shined for the Gophers wrestling team on senior night, earning a top-10 upset win on a night Minnesota otherwise struggled, falling to Nebraska 29-12 and losing its third...

Gophers softball win three of five in Baylor Tournament

Published February 23, 2020

The Gophers' softball team earned another trio of wins in a wild weekend series at the Baylor Tournament in Waco, Texas.  Texas State escapes, Gophers stomp Tulsa Friday The Gophers dropped their...

Emily Hansen, left, and Natalie DenHartog.

Who’s on first? — Hansen fills void for Gophers softball

Published February 20, 2020

A week before the Gophers' softball team would head to Florida for their season-opening series in Clearwater, the team announced infielder Hope Brandner was not medically cleared to play, leaving a void...

Photo Courtesy of Gopher Softball

Gophers softball splits weekend series in Clearwater

Published February 17, 2020

The Gophers softball team picked up another pair of wins over the weekend in the ESPN St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, a four-game series against some of the top teams in the country.  Gophers...

Gable Steveson grapples with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2019. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling: Close losses lead to blowout in Iowa

Published February 16, 2020

Despite early success, the Gophers' wrestling team dropped their second straight dual, falling to No. 1 Iowa 35-6, who clinched the Big Ten title with the win over Minnesota.  Opening the dual at...

Gophers Gable Steveson faces off with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling boasts a bright future for this season and beyond

Published February 13, 2020

The Gophers' wrestling team knew early on they'd be relying heavily on their underclassmen during the 2019-2020 season. Of the 10 athletes that compete in each dual, six underclassmen — Patrick McKee,...

 Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers win three of five games on opening weekend

Published February 11, 2020

The Gophers' softball team returned to the field for the first time in 2020 over the weekend, winning three games at the NFCA Division 1 Leadoff Classic.  Wins over Missouri State and NC State Friday In...

Gophers Gable Steveson faces off with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling struggles against No. 2 Penn State

Published February 10, 2020

It's always difficult facing top-ranked teams like the Gophers' wrestling team did on Sunday against No. 2 Penn State. It's even more difficult when you're forced to compete without one of your top-10...

Members of the Gopher softball team celebrate after winning the NCAA Super Regional against Louisiana State at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, May 25. 

Gophers softball embraces expectations

Published February 6, 2020

The Gophers softball team is set to return to the field with high expectations, coming off their first-ever appearance in the Women's College World Series in 2019.  Last season, the Gophers proved...

A referee gestures a point scored at the Maturi Pavilion on Sunday Jan. 26. The Gophers lost 21-13 to the Buckeyes.

Gophers have bounce-back weekend with two victories

Published February 3, 2020

After the the Gophers' wrestling team dropped their second straight dual to Ohio State, sophomore heavyweight Gable Steveson said the following week would be a "good bounce back" as they prepped for a...

Sophomore Gable Steveson competes at 197 during the match against South Dakota State at the Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

Gable Steveson returns to the Gophers with national championship aspirations

Published January 30, 2020

Gable Steveson was all smiles ahead of the Gophers' wrestling team's dual against Ohio State on Sunday. Sitting in the stands an hour before the dual, he posed for photos as young fans jumped at the opportunity...

Senior Mitch McKee grapples with Ohio States Luke Fletcher at the Maturi Pavilion on Sunday Jan. 26. The Gophers lost 21-13 to the Buckeyes.

Gophers wrestling falls to Ohio State

Published January 27, 2020

Despite returning Gable Steveson and Brayton Lee to the lineup, the Gophers wrestling team dropped their second straight dual, falling to Ohio State 22-13 on Sunday.  After earning a ranked victory...

Redshirt Senior Devin Skatzka competes at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 1. 

100 and counting: Skatzka leads the way for Gophers wrestling

Published January 23, 2020

On a team full of young talent, the veteran leadership of redshirt senior Devin Skatzka is helping lead the way for Gopher wrestling. The 2018-2019 All-American selection has continued to impress this...

Redshirt junior Devin Skatzka at 174 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers wrestling splits duals in Michigan

Published January 20, 2020

After opening their Big Ten season with an appearance from Gophers legend Brock Lesnar and a win over Wisconsin, the Gophers' wrestling team split their next pair of conference duals in Michigan, competing...

Gable Steveson stands on the podium after receiving his second place award on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Steveson lost the match against Anthony Cassar of Penn State 4-3.

No charges for U wrestlers in sexual assault case

Published December 20, 2019

Gophers wrestlers Gable Steveson and Dylan Martinez will not be charged in a sexual assault investigation, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said on Dec. 20. Steveson and Martinez were arrested in...

The Gophers watch from the sidelines at the Maturi Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 14. They ended the night with a 3-1 loss against the Badgers.

Gophers fall to Stanford in Final Four

Published December 20, 2019

A season of overcoming adversity came to a close for the Gophers' volleyball team on Thursday, falling to a familiar foe in No. 3 Stanford in the Final Four: 25-19, 25-22 and 25-22.  In the first,...

Outside hitter Adanna Rollins spikes the ball during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6.

Adanna Rollins leading rejuvenated Gophers offense to Final Four

Published December 19, 2019

Coming off their grueling five-set win over Creighton, Gophers volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon stressed the need for offensive production.  In that win, the Gophers hit .141, a large drop off...

The Gophers celebrate a scored point during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6.

Gophers volleyball advances to the Elite Eight

Published December 15, 2019

After falling in the Sweet Sixteen the previous two seasons, the Gophers' volleyball team avoided the rule of threes and advanced to the Elite Eight with a victory over No. 10 Florida.  For the second...

Outside hitter Alexis Hart pushes the ball over the net during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6.

Gophers volleyball Final Four bound

Published December 15, 2019

After overcoming injuries, five-set battles and the grueling Big Ten schedule, the Gophers' volleyball team is moving on to the NCAA Final Four, beating Louisville in straight sets on Saturday: 25-21,...

Libero Rachel Kilkelly prepares to serve the ball during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6.

Gophers volleyball slated for rematch with Florida in Sweet Sixteen

Published December 12, 2019

After a thrilling five-set win over Creighton, the Gophers' volleyball team is turning their attention to No. 10 Florida, who they see Friday in their Sweet Sixteen matchup.  For Minnesota, the comeback...

Redshirt Freshman Brayton Lee competes at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 1. 

Gophers’ wrestling takes seventh at Cliff Keen Invitational

Published December 8, 2019

The Gophers' wrestling team returned to action over the weekend, taking seventh at the Cliff Keen Invitational and leaving with a number of standout individual performances.  Redshirt freshman Brayton...

Outside hitter Alexis Hart pushes the ball over the net during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6.

Gophers escape Creighton, advance to Sweet Sixteen

Published December 8, 2019

The Gophers' volleyball team is advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth consecutive season after a nail-biting win over Creighton on Saturday at Maturi Pavilion.  The Gophers squeaked past the...

Gopher fans cheer during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6.

Gophers volleyball cruises to second round with win over Fairfield

Published December 7, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team cruised past Fairfield, earning a sweep in their first match of the 2019 NCAA Tournament: 25-13, 25-14 and 25-11.  The Gophers recovered from early first set struggles...

From left, Gophers Adanna Rollins, Shea Rubright and CC McGraw cheer upon hearing their ranking at the NCAA Championship seed announcements at Williams Arena on Sunday, Dec. 1.  Minnesota, ranked seventh, is slated to play Fairfield University in the first round.

Gophers volleyball earns No. 7 seed in NCAA Championship

Published December 2, 2019

After closing out their regular season with a pair of road wins, the Gophers volleyball team solidified the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship.  Despite an injury riddled season,...

Opposite Hitter Stephanie Samedy jumps to spike the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers took Nebraska to five sets but ultimately fell 3-2.

Gophers volleyball closes out regular season with pair of wins

Published December 2, 2019

Gophers serve up Rutgers Friday  The Gophers volleyball team swept Rutgers Friday behind their dominant performance from the service line.  The Gophers won: 25-14, 25-15 and 25-22 after getting...

Running back Mohamed Ibrahim runs the ball during the Gopher game against the Badgers at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Gophers’ offense falls flat against Wisconsin

Published December 1, 2019

Points were hard to come by for the Gophers football team in snowy Minneapolis, as No. 9 Minnesota (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) fell to rival No. 13 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten), 38-17.  In a game that decided...

Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks with his team during a timeout at the Maturi Pavillion on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Gophers defeated Rutgers three sets to one. 

Gophers volleyball signs star-studded 2020 class

Published November 29, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team added four new members after officially signing their star-studded 2020 class. The class includes, No. 1 overall recruit Taylor Landfair, No. 3 overall recruit Jenna Wenaas,...

Redshirt Patrick Mckee prepares for a match with an opposing Rider wrestler at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 15. The Gophers went on to fall to Rider with a final score of 21-17.

Close losses hurt Gophers against Oklahoma State

Published November 25, 2019

In their first dual since their stunning loss to Rider, the Gophers wrestling team was unable to bounce back with a victory, falling 21-12 to then-No. 11 Oklahoma State.  Similar to their loss against...

Rachel Kilkelly dives for the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers took Nebraska to five sets but ultimately fell 3-2. 

Gophers volleyball beats Iowa on senior night

Published November 25, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team closed out their regular season home schedule in style, honoring their seniors and taking down rival Iowa in a bounce-back win.  The Gophers won in straight sets: 25-14,...

Middle Blocker Regan Pittman jumps to spike the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers took Nebraska to five sets but ultimately fell 3-2.

Gophers drop-five set match to No. 6 Nebraska

Published November 24, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team began their final home stand with a heartbreaking loss against No. 6 Nebraska.  The Gophers lost in five sets: 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-11 and 3-15. The good news for the...

Libero CC McGraw celebrates a point at the Maturi Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Gophers ended the night with a 3-1 loss against the Badgers.

C.C. McGraw leads Gophers volleyball from back row

Published November 21, 2019

In volleyball, libero isn't a position that receives a lot of recognition, but C.C. McGraw doesn't care.  McGraw is only concerned with making plays for her teammates, and her contributions don't...

Gophers bounce back at Daktronics Open

Published November 18, 2019

After their shocking dual loss to Rider University, the Gophers wrestling team redeemed themselves Sunday, earning seven individual titles and finishing in first place at the Daktronics Open in Brookings,...

Libero CC McGraw celebrates a point at the Maturi Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Gophers ended the night with a 3-1 loss against the Badgers.

Gophers bounce back with win over Michigan

Published November 18, 2019

Coming off their loss to No. 7 Wisconsin, the Gophers volleyball team rebounded Saturday with a decisive win over No. 23 Michigan.  The Gophers got the sweep: 25-21, 25-23 and 25-20. Initially it...

Redshirt Senior Carson Brolsma holds an opposing Rider wrestler at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 15. The Gophers went on to fall to Rider with a final score of 21-17.

Gophers stunned by Rider

Published November 18, 2019

After failing to overcome a slow start, the Gophers wrestling team was stunned by Rider University as they took the 21-17 dual victory in Williams Arena.  The Gophers found themselves down 6-0 after...

Badgers hand Gophers first home loss of season

Published November 15, 2019

The fifth ranked Gophers volleyball team was slated for a big rematch against No. 7 Wisconsin Thursday, one that would leave the victor alone atop the Big Ten conference. In a match that was a battle from...

Patrick McKee competes at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Patrick McKee learned from his brother, now he’s teaching others

Published November 14, 2019

Wrestling has been a part of Patrick McKee’s life for as long as he can remember.  McKee started wrestling when he was three years old, just weeks after his older brother Mitch got involved in the...

Outside Hitter Adanna Rollins prepares to jump to spike the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

With a pair of sweeps, Gophers slated for big match against Wisconsin

Published November 11, 2019

Gophers sweep Maryland Friday The Gophers volleyball team continues to keep pace at the top of the conference, as they earned their seventh-straight win, sweeping the Maryland Terrapins: 25-21, 25-19,...

Senior Mitch McKee competes at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 1. 

Gophers show out at Bison Open

Published November 11, 2019

The Minnesota wrestling team gave a strong showing Saturday as five Gophers were named Bison Open champions.  Gophers 125-pound Patrick McKee, 133-pound Brent Jones, 141-pound Mitch McKee, 149-pound...

Gophers Safety Antoine Winfield prepares to catch an interception at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers defeated Penn State 31-26 to bring their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

Franklin’s Penn State stalled by his “man-crush”

Published November 9, 2019

Ahead of their matchup against the undefeated Gophers, Penn State head coach James Franklin joked he had a "man-crush" on Gophers' safety Antoine Winfield Jr. At the game's conclusion, Franklin has likely...

Outside Hitter Alexis Hart receives the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Gophers defeated Florida 3 sets to 0 for their home opener.

Hart hopes to close out senior season being the ‘best person’ she can

Published November 7, 2019

Alexis Hart grew up in a basketball family in Missouri, but a passion for volleyball and the influence of her late grandfather ultimately led to her becoming a four-year starter at the University of Minnesota.  Growing...

Opposite Hitter Stephanie Samedy sets the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Wednesday, Oct. 30. 

Gophers earn road win, beat Purdue for second time this season

Published November 4, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team secured their sixth-straight win to improve to 17-3 (11-1 Big Ten) on the season.  Minnesota took down No. 16 Purdue in four sets: 25-23, 16-25, 25-17 and 25-19. They did...

Redshirt Senior Carson Brolsma competes at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 1. 

Gophers start season strong, earn dual victory over CSU Bakersfield

Published November 4, 2019

The Gophers wrestling team opened their season Friday, earning a 28-9 dual victory over Cal State Bakersfield at home.  The dual started with the 125-pound wrestlers, and No. 24 Patrick McKee made...

Fans cheer on Gopher volleyball on Dec. 1, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.

Gophers volleyball takes down Ohio State in five sets

Published November 2, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team picked up their fifth straight win, taking down Ohio State in a tight, five set match on Wednesday.  The Gophers won 25-19, 19-25, 22-25, 25-10 and 17-15. Minnesota got...

Freshman Gable Steveson competes during the match against the University of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat Maryland 45-0.

Gophers wrestling set to start 2019 season without star wrestler

Published October 31, 2019

The Gophers' wrestling team have their eyes set on the start of the 2019 season.  For Minnesota, the season begins Friday, Nov. 1 when they take on Cal State Bakersfield. Last season, Minnesota finished...

Outside Hitter Alexis Hart receives the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Gophers defeated Florida 3 sets to 0 for their home opener.

Gophers take down Michigan in five sets

Published October 28, 2019

The Gopher women's volleyball team went to a fifth set for the first time this season and came out the victors, downing Michigan in dramatic fashion. It was a wild five set victory, as the Gophers won...

Middle Blocker Regan Pittman spikes the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Gophers defeated Florida 3 sets to 0 for their home opener.

Gophers close out first half of conference season with a win at Michigan State

Published October 28, 2019

After defeating Michigan in Ann Arbor on Friday, the Gophers volleyball team didn't have to travel far to pick up their fourth straight win Sunday at Michigan State.  The Gophers won in four sets:...

Middle Blocker Taylor Morgan celebrates a scored point at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Gophers defeated Illinois three sets to one. 

Morgan changes her leadership approach in senior season

Published October 24, 2019

Leadership comes naturally for Taylor Morgan.  Even so, the Gophers' redshirt senior middle blocker is looking to change her approach. In her final season, Morgan wants to soften her style and take...

Adanna Rollins and CC McGraw celebrate a scored point at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Gophers defeated Illinois three sets to one.

Gophers grab two home victories over the weekend

Published October 21, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team won their second match in two nights, taking down No. 17 Illinois for the second time this season.  The Gophers won in four sets: 25-16, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-23. Minnesota...

Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks with his team during a timeout at the Maturi Pavillion on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Gophers defeated Rutgers three sets to one. 

Despite injuries, Gophers off to strong start in Big Ten volleyball

Published October 17, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team is off to a strong 5-1 start in Big Ten play despite playing five of the six matches shorthanded.  The Gophers opened the Big Ten season Sept. 27 in with a sweep over Indiana....

Freshman Rachel Kilkelly looks receive the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. The Gophers defeated Florida 3 sets to 0. (Jack Rodgers / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers fall to rival Wisconsin

Published October 14, 2019

The Gophers volleyball team dropped their first conference match of the season Sunday against rival No. 7 Wisconsin.  Wisconsin won in straight sets: 25-18, 25-14 and 25-20. Wisconsin is now the only...