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.
Minnesota travels to Wisconsin to compete in a spring scrimmage against the Badgers on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. Admission is free for the event, located at the UW Field House. Gametracker will also be made available for the scrimmage, located here.
Following the Wisconsin scrimmage, the Gophers travel to Northern Iowa, April 12. Action begins at 9 a.m. on four courts and admission is free. Seating is limited, but fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Along with Minnesota and host UNI, Iowa, Iowa State, Omaha, North Dakota State, South Dakota and Iowa Ice will also compete. A two-set format has been established with wins (by two points) to 25. Full court schedule located here.
UNI Spring Tournament Schedule of Events (subject to change)
Court 1 - UNI vs. South Dakota
Court 3 - Minnesota vs. Iowa
Court 8 - Iowa State vs. Nebraska-Omaha
Court 1 - Iowa Ice vs. UNI
Court 3 - Iowa State vs. Minnesota
Court 7 - Nebraska-Omaha vs. South Dakota
Court 8 - Iowa vs. North Dakota State
Court 1 - Minnesota vs. UNI
Court 3 - Iowa vs. Iowa State
Court 7 - Iowa Ice vs. South Dakota
Court 8 - Nebraska-Omaha vs. North Dakota State
Court 1 - Iowa vs. UNI
Court 3 - Minnesota vs. Nebraska-Omaha
Court 7 - North Dakota State vs. South Dakota
Court 8 - Iowa Ice vs. Iowa State
Court 1 - UNI vs. Nebraska-Omaha
Court 3 - Minnesota vs. South Dakota
Court 8 - Iowa Ice vs. North Dakota State
Court 1 - Northern Iowa vs. North Dakota State
Court 3 - Court available to play extra sets
As Gophers head coach Hugh McCutcheon is busy recruiting and planning spring volleyball practice, he took time out of his day to celebrate Read Across America week and World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
McCutcheon was asked to participate in Jane Meyer's Wagner Elementary fifth grade-class (Litchfield, Minn.) and their "Wacky Wednesday." Taking part in one of Dr. Seuss' most popular books, McCutcheon read aloud Green Eggs and Ham via Skype. Following the book reading, a question and answer session was conducted with the fifth-graders. The Gopher head coach was one of nine guest readers for World Read Aloud Day within the Litchfield elementary education district.
Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud. At least 793 million people worldwide remain illiterate, including two-thirds women. World Read Aloud Day is in its fourth year and over 60 countries around the globe participated in the event.
Read more about WRAD here.
Special thanks to Luke Stordahl for the video contribution.