Although the Gopher volleyball team is in between the championship and spring seasons, the coaches never rest. Along with the responsibilities all coaches have, two on the Gopher staff will be speaking at a local clinic, Saturday, Jan. 18.
Head coach Hugh McCutcheon and associate head coach Laura Bush will be two of six coaches speaking at the North Country Region Coaching Clinic at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. The clinic, which draws in volleyball coaches throughout the entire north region, will begin at 8:30 a.m. McCutcheon and Bush will each speak for 50 minutes, with time for questions and answers. Approximately 100 coaches will be in attendance.
Gopher Volleyball begins its spring season in March and welcomes newest member Erica Handley
as she joins the team this semester. Handley, who played high school volleyball both at Win-E-Mac (McIntosh, Minn.) and Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.) transferred to Minnesota after a year at Syracuse.
Note-McCutcheon Volleyball Camp will host its College Prep Camp July 7-10th. Details & registration at by Feb. 1st.
Although their collegiate careers may be finished, Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman will continue their volleyball careers, beginning as early as January 2014. Both have signed contracts for the remainder of this season as the duo will compete professionally.
Dixon signed a contract with Rabita Baku as she will play in Azerbaijan for the next two and a half years. Dixon, a middle blocker, follows former Gopher middle blocker, Lauren Gibbemeyer, who also plays in Azerbaijan for Lokomotiv Baku.
Wittman leaves January 2 and will compete for four months in Puerto Rico. The outside hitter signed a contract with Indias de Mayaguez for the rest of the season and joins Northwestern standout Stephanie Holthus. Former Gopher Katherine Harms is also playing professionally as she plays in Italy for Agil Novara.
The Dixon/Wittman duo capped off their collegiate careers with a pair of All-America honors. Dixon a First Team All-American, finished her college career ranking fifth all time
in total blocks (507), the best career hitting percentage (.369) and
ninth all-time in career kills (1,479). Wittman, a Second Team All-American, ranks sixth in Minnesota history in career kills (1,778) and fourth in career digs (1,510).
The University of Minnesota is preparing for its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance this week as it host the First and Second Rounds, Dec. 6-7 at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota takes on Radford, Friday at 7 p.m. Iowa State and Colorado also join the Gophers in tournament competition and play at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the event can be purchased here
As we prepare for the NCAA Tourney, here's a look back and one of the most recent memories in 2011. Trailing 0-2, Minnesota came back and defeated Washington, 3-2 in the Second Round. The win advanced the Gophers in their own NCAA Regional, where they went on to face Iowa State. Read the full recap
The University of Minnesota will host its final home match of the regular season as the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers come to town. Match time is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday and will be available on Gopher All-Access.
The match also marks senior night for Tori Dixon, Alexandra Palmer and Ashley Wittman. The student-athletes and their families will be honored on the court following the match.
General Admission tickets for Wednesday are just $4 (advance sale only). To purchase tickets in advance, go to mygophersports.com
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.
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.
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!
$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.
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.
Pioneer Press Recap
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.