Gophers fall to Iowa State in four
Minnesota won the first and lost the next three to end the 2011 campaign
Minnesota faces Iowa State at 7 p.m. or following Purdue/Florida State tilt
Trailing 0-2, Minnesota came back to win the next three sets
Minnesota advances into third round
Back into the Gopher lineup this season after she redshirted in 2010 because of knee surgery one of two team captains in 2011 after starting her Gopher career as a defensive specialist, is now a six-rotation player named to the 2009 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
2011 SENIOR SEASON:
Played for the first time since tearing her ACL in 2010 played in five sets contributing seven kills, eight digs and a block against USC (8/26) recorded 14 kills, nine digs, two blocks and one assist in five sets against Oregon (8/27) registered eight kills, five digs and one block against Texas (9/2) in three sets, had 10 digs, seven kills and an ace against Texas (9/3) led team with 10 kills against Saint Louis (9/9) also had nine digs and delivered two assists in three sets recorded 13 digs, nine kills, three assists, one block and an ace against Kansas (9/10) in five sets had 15 kills against UNI (9/10) added eight digs, two blocks, two aces and one assist in five sets against Middle Tennessee, Cowles had two assists and digs and one kill and block in three sets (9/17) recorded 13 kills, two assists, one block and one ace against Marquette (9/18) registered her first double double of the season with a season-best 16 kills and 10 digs, against Illinois (9/23) also had a assist and an ace had one block and one ace while recording a double double for the second week in a row with 10 kills and 16 digs against Northwestern (9/25) in five sets against Michigan (10/7), had four kills, 14 digs, three blocks and a assist recorded five kills, nine digs, two blocks (one solo) and a assist in a three game sweep over Michigan State (10/8) played in five sets against Nebraska (10/15) with four kills, 18 digs, one block, assist and ace registered seven kills, 11 digs, two kill assists, one solo block and service ace against Wisconsin (10/19) against then No. 3 Illinois (10/29), had seven kills, nine digs, two blocks, one assist and ace in three sets in five sets against Penn State (11/4), had nine kills, 16 digs, a season-best three aces and two assists had six kills, 16 digs, two assists, two blocks and a ace against Ohio State (11/5) recorded seven kills, a match-high 17 digs and two assists against Michigan State (11/9) in four sets, had four kills and seven digs against Nebraska (11/16) racked up three kills, a career-high 23 digs, one block assist and a kill assist against Iowa (11/19) had five kills and 19 digs against Wisconsin (11/23) finished the regular season with a double double 11 kills and 11 digs, five blocks and two aces in a win against Indiana (11/25) had a match-high 13 kills in the NCAA first round against North Dakota State (12/2) and hit .323 held a double double in the comeback win over Washington with 11 kills and 21 digs in the second round (12/3)against Iowa State(12/9) in the Regional Semifinal match had 15 kills, 11 digs, and three blocks to finalize her career.
2010 SENIOR SEASON:
2009 JUNIOR SEASON:
Played in 35 of 36 matches on the season averaged 2.71 dps, 1.46 kps and 0.24 saps in her 125 sets played finished with 1.58 kps and 2.90 dps in Big Ten play led the Gopher team in service aces (30) and was second in digs (339) both for the second year in a row also ranked second in digs per set (2.71), fifth in kills (183) and fifth in assists (34) close to becoming the 15th player in Gopher history to collect 1,000 career digs by finishing the season 339 to make her total 916 finished the season with 15 double-figure dig matches and eight double-figure kill matches recorded four double-doubles on the season recorded double-double statistics in two of the last three matches and double-digit kills in four of the last five matches of the season had three assists and tied a career-high of 21 digs in a match against Iowa State on Sept. 5 recorded her first double-double of the season against Northwestern on Oct. 17 in which she tallied 12 kills and 19 digs on Nov. 6 against Indiana, had her second highest hitting percentage of the season (.409), finishing the match with 10 kills in 22 swings with only one error, and also finishing with 12 digs to collect a second double-double on the season set a new career-high of four service aces in a 3-0 victory match against Iowa on Nov. 13 hit a personal record .462 (17-5-26) in a five-set battle against Michigan State on Nov. 21 tied a career-high of 18 kills in the Gophers' NCAA Tournament on Dec. 4 opener against Louisville On Dec. 5 added 11 digs and led the team with three service aces against the Tennessee Lady Vols in the second round of the tournament had three assists, one service ace, 10 kills and 14 digs against Colorado State in the regional semifinal match in Minneapolis added 11 kills, three assists, one service ace, and 13 digs to a four-set victory over Florida State on Dec. 12 to advance to the NCAA Final Four led the Gopher offense with 12 kills in a Final Four loss to No. 2 Texas on Dec. 17 also added two assists, two service aces and six digs in the match-up against the Longhorns totalled eight service aces in the five tournament games became the fourth Gopher to be named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team after an outstanding showing in Florida.
2008 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in all 34 matches and was one of three players on the team to appear in all 125 sets averaged 2.68 dps, 0.96 kps and 0.18 saps overall, and 2.59 dps and 1.05 dps in Big Ten play led the team in service aces (23) and was second in digs (335) has collected 577 digs in her first two seasons to put her on pace to become the 15th player to collect 1,000 career digs in her career had 16 double-figure dig matches, and recorded double-figure digs in the final seven matches of the year tied a career-high with three service aces and had nine digs in the season opener at Creighton on Aug. 29 collected 10 digs and a kill in a win over No. 21 LSU on Aug. 30 had eight digs, a kill and a service ace at No. 11 Hawai'i on Sept. 4 registered her first career double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs against Wyoming on Sept. 6 had eight digs and a service ace in a three-set victory over No. 4 Cal recorded 16 digs and three kills in a five-set match against North Carolina on Sept. 20 tallied 10 digs, two service aces and a kill against No. 18 Wisconsin on Sept. 27 had four kills and a career-high 21 digs at No. 19 Illinois on Oct. 3 collected 11 digs and two kills against Indiana on Oct. 10 tallied 14 digs, two kills and two service aces against Iowa on Oct. 15 had 15 digs, three kills and three assists in a five-set victory over Illinois on Nov. 8 had 10 kills, 15 digs and two service aces in a four-set victory over No. 20 Michigan on Nov. 21 collected 10 kills and 11 digs against Ohio State on Nov. 23 recorded a career-high 18 kills, had 19 digs and a service ace in a five-set victory at Iowa on Nov. 26 tallied four kills and 14 digs against North Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 5 recorded nine kills and 13 digs against Iowa in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 6.
2007 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Played in all 31 matches and in 109 of the 112 possible sets averaged 2.22 dps and 0.18 saps overall, and 2.18 dps in Big Ten play finished tied for third in digs per set and was third in service aces had 12 digs and a career-high five assists against No. 23 Ohio University on Aug. 31 tallied two service aces and 10 digs against No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 1 had 10 digs and two service aces in a four-game victory over No. 12 San Diego on Sept. 2 tallied 12 digs and two service aces in a four-game victory over Creighton on Sept. 15 had nine digs and one service ace in first career Big Ten match against Purdue on Sept. 21 tallied 11 digs and one service aces in a five-game victory at Ohio State on Oct. 5 had 11 digs against No. 9 Wisconsin on Oct. 12 had a career-high 17 digs, two kills and one service ace against Illinois on Oct. 13 tallied 13 digs and two assists against on Oct. 27 had 11 digs and two assists at Indiana on Nov. 9 tallied a career-high four kills (in five swings) to go with seven digs at Purdue on Nov. 10 had 15 digs against Michigan State in a four-game victory on Nov. 16 tallied 13 digs and a service ace against Northwestern on Nov. 17 had nine digs in first round NCAA Tournament match against Sacramento State on Nov. 30.
Played for Northern Lights Volleyball club program where she was teammates with Lauren Gibbemeyer and Brook Dieter that club team went undefeated and won the National Championship in the 17 & Under Junior Nationals, and Cowles was named to the All-Tournament team the team went 52-0 in 17's competition, with their only losses coming to a pair of 18 & Under teams finished third nationally in the 18 & Under Junior Nationals this past summer selected as MVP for Junior National Classic in Chicago as part of the 16-1's team was on the team that took third at both AAUs and USAV Nationals, and was selected as an All-American at AAUs and USAV Nationals in 16-1s.
Four-year letterwinner at Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minn. was named Ms. Minnesota Volleyball and was also the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in 2006 was named a prepvolleyball.com High School All-American as a senior named to the prepvolleyball.com "Senior Aces" list also received All-State honors in her final two seasons at Eden Prairie High School named Star Tribune All-Metro in 2005 and was a Pioneer Press First-Team All-Metro Honoree in 2006 her senior season she helped lead the squad to a 25-5 record and a share of the Lake Conference Championship was the team captain her final two seasons in her senior year, Cowles had 478 kills, 363 digs, 39 service aces and 61 blocks she also became the first player to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs with 1,120 kills and 1,237 digs she finished as the school-record holder in both kills and digs also helped lead her team to third in the state in 2004.
Born on May 26, 1989 daughter of Susan and Jeff Cowles Majoring in Business and Marketing Education.
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