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!

Gophers at the #USAVTryout

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The Golden Gophers had nine individuals who competed at the 2015 USA Volleyball Open Tryouts, Feb. 20-22. The Gophers left on Friday to train and hopefully land a spot on one of the USA Collegiate National Teams. Check out their experience through USA Volleyball's photo gallery and social media buzz.

Photo Gallery

Alyssa Goehner's Japanese Phrase of the Day

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As the Gophers prepare for their upcoming trip to Japan (March 14-22) the team, coaches and staff are brushing up on their Japanese. This week's edition is freshman outside hitter Alyssa Goehner. Check it out!

Wilhite's Japanese Phrase of the Day

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As the Gopher Volleyball program prepares for its March trip to Japan, members of the team are brushing up on their Japanese. This week's edition is outside hitter, Sarah Wilhite.

Kon Nichiwa!

McCutcheon On FIVB Commission

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University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon is not only busy with the Gopher program, but continues to make his mark on the international game as well.

McCutcheon traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland, serving his third year of a four-year term on the FIVB Coaching Commission. As a part of their annual meetings, FIVB gathers together 11 groups, which was held the first week of February. (McCutcheon featured in the left back row).

As the secretary of the coaching commission, McCutcheon is the only United States coach represented on 13-person panel. Nominated by USA Volleyball and NORECA, McCutcheon represents USA Volleyball, while other individuals and zones travel yearly from Russia, Brazil, Poland, Japan and France, to name a few. The coaching commission discusses modifications and improvements to the international game.

McCutcheon came to Minnesota after an illustrious 11-year career with USA Volleyball as he earned two medals with the United States Men's and Women's Olympic teams. McCutcheon mentored the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team to a 106-39 record in his four years after leading the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team program to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal. Counting his 107-33 record leading the U.S. Men's program from 2005 to 2008, McCutcheon held a combined record of 213-72 with USA Volleyball.

Gopher volleyball will report for the spring season in March as they prepare for an invited trip to Japan, March 14-22. The Gophers are set to compete against Japan's University Games roster and train in Japan's National Training Center. The Gopher program is the only United States team in any sport to train at this facility. 

Gopher Volleyball Sends Nine to USA Tryouts

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USA Volleyball Tryout Homepage

The University of Minnesota will be well represented as nine student-athletes head to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete at the USA Women's National Team Open Tryout, Feb. 20-22. Held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC), the Gopher contingent consists of Maddie Beal, Alyssa Goehner, Erica Handley, Molly Lohman, Katie Schau, Samantha Seliger Swenson, Hannah Tapp, Paige Tapp, and Sarah Wilhite.

The tryouts begin on Friday, Feb. 20 until 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 22. The process will be used primarily to identify prospective athletes for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Athletes not invited to participate with the National Team may be invited to attend a second tryout as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program (formerly U.S. Women's Senior A2 Teams).

USA Volleyball will have one U.S. Collegiate National Team of 12 athletes and two coaches travel to the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, June 28-July 14,

The second option for the selected U.S. Collegiate National Team is a 12-team, two-coach group that will travel to China for a series of training sessions and matches, June 12-26. The third option is training and participation at the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in New Orleans. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program with training beginning on June 21-30, followed by the competition portion June 26-29. U.S. Collegiate National Teams will compete against each other while serving as inspiration for junior athletes competing in the GJNC on what the next level of competition is like in college.

Good luck to all Gopher participants!


Japanese Phrase of the Day-Hannah Tapp

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As the Gophers prepare for their trip to Japan, March 14-22, Gopher Volleyball is brushing up on their Japanese. In the first of an upcoming series, check out what Hannah Tapp's phrase is as well as what she's most looking forward to!