Gopher Volleyball Update (6/22/15)

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Last Week in Gopher Volleyball

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In case you missed it, take a look back at what happened in Gopher Volleyball last week. Gophers are in action again on April 18 as they face Kansas State in Iowa.

how I feel about our first spring game tomorrow😜 #MNVB

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4 months of non-stop training and we finally get a chance to put maroon and gold on again this weekend

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Gophers in Japan through Social Media

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explore Japan - play lots of volleyball - eat rice - repeat

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Japan wasn't ready for us to get the aux cord πŸ”₯πŸ”₯#mixtapecomingsoon

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What a blessing being able to travel the world with my best friends

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arigatou gozaimasu it's been an amazing week

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just another great day in Japan

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Happy cuz we ate blowfish and live to tell about it πŸ˜‹πŸ‘

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Gophers In Japan Video Blogs

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Katie Schau's Japanese Phrase of the Day

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As we close out our Japanese Phrase of the Day video series, we say goodbye as we take off for Japan on Saturday, March 14. Read up on how this trip was made possible HERE.

Sayo Nara!

Santana, Rosado Japanese Phrases of the Day

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As the Gophers prepare for Japan, here's another two Japanese Phrases of the Day from Daly Santana and Dalianliz Rosado. Minnesota takes off for Japan and the National Training Center Saturday.

Read about the upcoming trip, previously featured on

Paige Tapp's Japanese Phrase of the Day

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As the Gophers prepare for their upcoming Japan trip (March 14-22), director of operations Nao Ikeda is attempting to help the team and staff brush up on their Japanese.

Paige Tapp gives her best effort in this recent Phrase of the Day.

Mr. Kanno Featured on KARE 11

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Some of you may have wondered how our volunteer coach, Mr. Koichiro Kanno came all the way from Japan to Minnesota.

One of eight coaches in the running to become the 2020 Olympic coach, Kanno was placed at the University of Minnesota by the Japan Volleyball Association. With the international notoriety of head coach Hugh McCutcheon and director of operations, Nao Ikeda, hailing from Japan, the placement was a perfect fit. In his second year helping with the Gopher program, Kanno's skills will also help as the Gophers travel to Japan, March 14-22.

KARE 11 Television recently caught up with Kanno, Ikeda and McCutcheon.

Check out this video feature HERE.

Gopher Volleyball Announces 2015 Spring Dates

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The University of Minnesota volleyball program has announced the Gophers' 2015 spring schedule, which includes three competition dates in the month of April. Times for the scrimmages will be announced closer to the days of competition.

Minnesota opens the spring season against The University of Illinois, Saturday, April 4 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The Gophers take on Kansas State  University Saturday, April 18 (Indianola, Iowa), followed by the Gophers hosting a spring tournament, Saturday, April 25 at the Sports Pavilion.

Prior to the start of spring volleyball, Minnesota will also compete in Tokyo, Japan, March 14-22. Staying in the National Training Center, the Gophers will compete against Japan's World University Games team, who are scheduled to compete at the 2015 World University Games in July.

Minnesota Volleyball Spring Schedule (Times to be announced at later date)
April 4 vs. Illinois (Waukesha, Wis.)
April 18 vs. Kansas State (Indianola, Iowa)
April 25 hosting Spring Tournament, Sports Pavilion

Erica Handley's Japanese Phrase of the Day

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As the Gopher Volleyball Team prepares for their upcoming trip to Japan (March 14-22) the team, coaches and staff are brushing up on their Japanese. This week, we have setter Erica Handley giving us her "Japanese Phrase of the Day".

Arigato Gozaimasu Erica!


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