Dixon Featured on Faces of the Big Ten

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First it was senior Ashley Wittman, now it's senior Tori Dixon. Here's a video feature you may see at some upcoming Gopher events, televised live on the Big Ten Network.

Gopher Alum and Olympian Visits the Pav This Weekend

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Former Gopher and United States Olympian Lindsey Berg will be in attendance for the big Gopher/Nebraska match on Sunday.

Berg will sign autographs from 2:45 until the start of the match at 3:30 p.m. In between the first and second set, Berg will be honored out on the court for her accomplishments.

One of the biggest names on the international volleyball scene, Lindsey Berg first starred as a setter for the Golden Gophers. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Berg was a four-year starter at Minnesota and ranks second all-time in Big Ten history in  services aces (283) and fourth in assists (5,913). During her Gopher career, Berg helped lead Minnesota to a pair of Big Ten runner-up finishes and NCAA Regional appearances in 1999 and 2000. In 2000, she helped lead the Gophers to a remarkable 30-4 overall record and their highest winning percentage in school history at .882.

Berg went on to become the first player from the Minnesota volleyball program to make the U.S. Olympic team in 2004. She followed with two Olympic appearances in 2008 and 2012, where she helped Team USA to back-to-back silver medals. A Honolulu, Hawaii native, Berg was named USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2011 and was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame and the the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.


Northwestern Match Promos

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The Golden Gophers are on the road at No. 16 Wisconsin Wednesday, but return to the Sports Pavilion confines on Sunday. Match time is set for 1 p.m. against the Northwestern Wildcats.

Here's a few promotional items for this Sunday's match.

Dig Pink Day - Join the Gophers as we battle Breast Cancer! There will be t-shirt sales, ribbon sales and many more opportunities to donate to the fight against Breast Cancer!

Purchase Tickets

$1 Day - All General Admission tickets are $1 (ADVANCE SALE ONLY)

Autograph Day: Stick around after the match to meet your favorite Golden Gopher Volleyball player!

Traffic Advisory: Due to the Gopher men's hockey game, also scheduled for a 1 p.m. Sunday start, fans should plan accordingly and leave ample time to get the game and find parking. Ramp access is available at the University Ave. Ramp, Fourth St. Ramp, Oak St. Ramp.

Gophers Receive Support After MSU Win

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Gopher Volleyball felt gratitude from it's fans and the entire University of Minnesota athletics department after last night's win over No. 5 Michigan State. With a crowd of 4,782 in the Sports Pavilion and televised live on ESPN2, the Gophers received an incredible amount of support. With tweets from Gopher basketball, football, baseball, men's and women's hockey to name a few, the outpour allowed Minnesota Volleyball (@GopherVBall) to trend in the Minneapolis area. Along with USA Volleyball head coach Karch Kiraly in the building (color analyst for ESPN), United States Olympian Lloy Ball was also in attendance to watch the match. Minnesota Timberwolves star JJ Barea was also on hand to watch as the Gophers won in a thrilling five-set match. Here's some media articles as well as tweets to support the Gopher volleyball program.

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Promos for MSU and Michigan Games

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The University of Minnesota volleyball program hosts No. 7 Michigan State and No. 17 Michigan, Thursday and Saturday nights at the Sports Pavilion. Here are this week's promotions as the Gophers take on the Spartans and Wolverines.


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Michigan State, Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
-Watch two of the top teams in the Big Ten Conference as the Spartans are undefeated (4-0) and take on your No. 11 Gophers
- In honor of the match being aired on ESPN2, all general admission tickets are just $2! (advance sale only!-No walk up rate)

Michigan, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. 
-High School Night- High school teams receive free admission with the submission of their roster to gsm@umn.edu with subject line: Gopher Volleyball High School Day - Round 1
-Stewartville, Minnesota Community Day-Community members can help us honor Paige and Hannah Tapp and receive $4 general admission tickets

Wittman Highlighted In Faces of the Big Ten

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Have you watched any of the Big Ten Network broadcasts featuring your favorite team? You may have recognized Gopher Volleyball's Ashley Wittman as one of the 'Faces of the Big Ten' ads. Wittman, a senior captain with the Gophers has done countless hours of volunteering, a multiple Academic All-Big Ten selection and a member of the Gophers' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Take a look at this video.

Gopher Volleyball Promotional Items for Big Ten Week

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Gopher Volleyball is preparing to kick off its Big Ten season, this week and what better time to do it then Minnesota's Homecoming week. Here's some of the upcoming promotional events for the Indiana (Sept. 25) and Purdue (Sept. 29) matches. All promotions must be purchased prior to the day of the event. For more information, contact the Gopher Marketing Office (gsm@umn.edu) or check out MyGopherSports.com for tickets.

Indiana Match (Big Ten Network)
* Wild Wednesdays (General Admission Tickets are just $4)
* Staff and faculty members get four General Admission tickets: Use your special promo code to claim your tickets at: www.mygophersports.com/online/faculty-staff

The Purdue match will honor some of our Gopher alums. Minnesota volleyball will honor the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Regional Semifinal team as well as the 10th anniversary of the 2003 Final Four team.

Purdue Match (BTN.com)
* U of M Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night
* Student Section Promo-It's Dress Like a Pirate Day. Students who wear the best pirate costume gets a chance to win a set of Beats headphones (See Karlie Hauer, Lindsey Lawmaster and Daly Santana demonstrate above).
* Staff and faculty members get four General Admission tickets: Use your special promo code to claim your tickets at: www.mygophersports.com/online/faculty-staff
* Girl Scout Day
    $10 Ticket Package (contact gsm@umn.edu for more information). Click here to order tickets:
    Link for ordering tickets (Direct link located here)

* Gopher Football Special
Free General Admission Ticket with Football Ticket Stub from the Iowa game
* Gopher Alumni Special
Free General Admission Tickets for all VB Alumni (limit to four tickets):
   Contact Keanon at coope471@umn.edu for information

Gopher Volleyball At the State Fair

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Although the team is busy to prepare for its season opener this Friday, head coach Hugh McCutcheon and seniors Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman took time to head to the Minnesota State Fair, Tuesday, August. 27. The three, along with emcee Matt Nelson entertained the crowd on a warm and humid morning at the University of Minnesota building. In case you missed it, here's a couple photos and soundbites of their experience. What's Tori Dixon's favorite fair food? Find out in the audio link below.


Gopher Volleyball Holds Open Practice

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Open Practice Photo Gallery

The University of Minnesota volleyball program invited its season ticketholders, booster club and media members to an open practice at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013.

The Golden Gophers began practice at 9:30 a.m. in the warm Pavilion confines. It was the first chance for fans and season ticketholders to see the 2013 team. After warmups, Minnesota conducted scrimmages until 12:15 p.m. Following the scrimmage a meal was provided in the Williams Arena clubroom, where the Point U booster club as well as the season ticketholders were introduced to the Golden Gopher squad.

The Golden Gophers will also be out at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. A large contingent of the student-athletes as well as coaches will be on the U of M stage, located near the Food Building (at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Streets).

Minnesota opens the 2013 campaign on Aug. 30-31, at the UAB/Samford Challenge in Birmingham, Ala. The Golden Gophers open the home season, Sept. 6-7, hosting Ball State, Duke and Western Illinois as a part of the Diet Coke Classic.

2013 Gopher Volleyball Season Underway

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2013 Gopher Volleyball First Practice

The University of Minnesota volleyball team conducted its first practice of the 2013 season. The Golden Gophers hit the Sports Pavilion court on Saturday, Aug. 10. Running in the morning, the Gophers held physical testing with their strength coach, Sara Wiley, while head coach Hugh McCutcheon ran the first practice of the 2013 season. 

The Gopher head coach headed into the season answering five burning questions prior to the start of the 2013 season. The short queston/answer session can be found here.

Here's a photo gallery of the first day as well as coach McCutcheon's audio interview afterwards.