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Gopher alum and University of Minnesota graduate Tori Dixon is making a name for herself right away on the international scene. After graduating from the Gopher volleyball team last year, Dixon signed a professional contract to play for Rabita Baku in Azerbaijan before she returned to the United States. After playing in the Pan American Cup, Dixon was recently named the tournament's best blocker.
The Minnesota Daily recently featured the Gopher alum, check out her story here.
Minnesota will open the tournament with a 9 a.m. match (CT) against Duquesne on Sept. 19. The Gophers will then play host Toledo later on that night at 6 p.m. The Gophers will then play IPFW at noon (CT) on Saturday.
With announcement of the Rocket Invite, it completes the Gophers' non-conference tournament schedule. Minnesota starts its season hosting the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Aug. 29-30 at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers welcome Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Louisville the opening week.
Full schedule can be found here. Times for Big Ten matches will be announced at a later date.
Former Gopher Dana Knudsen caught up with her high school and discussed her ability to come to Minnesota and eventually play international volleyball. Check out her story here.
Gopher alum Tori Dixon is also busy this week. She was named to USA Volleyball's Montreux Volley Masters tournament, held May 27 to June 1 in Montreux, Switzerland.
Gameday!! 🎉🎉🇺🇸🇺🇸🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/QAqsTIyBZF-- Tori Dixon (@ToriDixon06) May 27, 2014
Speaking of alums, Gophersports.com caught up Rochele (Goetz) Williams, who received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1988. A co-captain for the Gophers, she and her husband Brian, were both U of M alums and now have a son, Maxx, also a U of M athlete on the football team. Catch up with Rochele here.
After catching up with the alums, we turn to the future as the 2014 season approaches. Ranking the top 30 recruiting classes, Minnesota was ranked 19th by prepvolleyball.com. Check out the story here.