Wittman was named Most Valuable Player for 2011.
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
Fall Academic All-Big Ten teams boast several Gopher Standouts
Volleyball player Jessica Granquist is today's G:60 feature.
Entered the NCAA Regional with over 1,726 career digs was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior has seen action in 131 career matches and 461 sets a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week as a senior, a three-time all-tournament selection (AVCA Showcase, UNI All-Tournament and Marquette Challenge).
2011 SENIOR SEASON:
Holds a team-high 513 digs (4.58 dps) and ranks second in Big Ten had 15 matches in which she led all players in digs in all 29 matches has at least 10 plus digs three-time All-Tournament Team honoree and named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week once played in five sets recording 19 digs against USC (8/26) and 26 digs with three assists in five sets against Oregon (8/27) en route to being named All AVCA Tournament Team registered 20 digs with six assists in a three-set sweep over Texas (9/2) had 17 digs and three assists in three sets in a consecutive sweep over Texas (9/3) In three sets, collected 17 digs and five assists against Saint Louis (9/9) recorded 16 digs and five assists in five sets against Kansas (9/10) had a season-best 34 digs and five kill assists in five sets against UNI (9-10) en route to being named All Clarion Inn-vitational Tournament Team added 16 more digs to her season total as well as one kill assist against Middle Tennessee (9/17) in five sets, had 18 digs and four kill assists against Marquette (9/18) named libero of the tournament registered 20 kills and a kill assist in five sets against Illinois (9/23) against Northwestern (9/25), played in four sets racking up 18 digs in five sets against Michigan (10/7) had a match-high 22 digs recorded 18 digs in a three game sweep over Michigan State (10/8) played in five sets against Nebraska (10/15) with 20 digs and two assists registered 23 more digs and a kill in five sets against Wisconsin (10/19) had 11 digs, two kill assists and a kill against Purdue (10/22) against then No. 3 Illinois (10/29), had 10 digs and a kill assist in three sets in five sets against Penn State (11/4) had a match-high 24 digs and two kill assists had 14 digs and three kill assists against Ohio State (11/5) recorded 12 digs and an assist against Michigan State (11/9) in four sets, had 25 digs against then No. 4 Nebraska (11/16) racked up 24 digs and an assist against Iowa (11/19) registered 13 digs against Wisconsin (11/23) finished the regular season with 10 digs and two assists in a win against Indiana (11/25) had a match-high 19 kills in the first round win over North Dakota State (12/2) one of three players to have over 20 digs in the come-from-behind win over Washington in the NCAA second round (12/3), including six digs in the fourth set and five in the fifth also had five assists in the win added 11 digs and three assists against Iowa State in the Regional Semifinal (12/9)finished third on the Gopher's all-time digs list with 1737.
2010 JUNIOR SEASON:
Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was one of only two athletes on the team to have played in all 129 sets on the season led the Gopher defense in digs with 668 total, which was the second-highest total in school history finished on top of the Big Ten leaderboard in overall digs with an average of 5.18 dps also had 10 service aces for the Gophers collected 74 assists on the season received Defensive Player of the Week honors on Aug. 30 for her efforts at the Diet Coke Classic Tournament named Most Outstanding Player at the Golden Gopher Invite had one assists, one service ace, six clean receptions and seven digs in her first start in the libero position against Denver on Aug 27 tallied 13 digs and 14 receptions against Stony Brook on Aug. 28 had 20 receptions and five digs against Marquette on Aug. 28 to help the Gophers win the Golden Gopher Invite championship title was named to the Diet Coke Classic All-Tournament team received 78 serves perfectly throughout the tournament and averaged 6.25 dps had 14 digs against Baylor of Sept. 3 tallied 33 digs against #22 Northern Iowa on Sept. 4 tallied 28 digs, 26 receptions and one assist against #20 Dayton on Sept. 4 was named to the Duke Invitational All-Tournament team along with teammates Love and Wittman had three digs in the first match of the Duke Invitation in Durham, N.C. against NC Central on Sept. 10 collected 30 digs against Delaware the next day tallied 19 digs and two assists against Duke in the championship match on Sept. 11 had 11 digs in the first match of the USD/San Diego State Tournament against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 17 had nine digs and one service ace against San Diego State on Sept. 18 tallied 30 digs and a career-best three service aces against No. 23 San Diego in the championship match on Sept. 18 had 16 digs, one service ace, and one kill against Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference opening match on Sept. 24 tallied 21 digs and two assists against No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 25 set a career-best and tied for the sixth-highest total in school history with 38 digs on Oct. 1 against Purdue had 12 digs against Indiana on Oct. 3 collected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 4 for her efforts tallied her third kill of the season against Iowa on Oct. 10 while tallying a match-high 15 digs had 31 clean receptions and 25 digs against No. 24 Northwestern on Oct. 10 had a match-high 20 digs against No. 9 Penn State on Oct. 15 tallied 16 digs against Ohio State on Oct. 16 had a match-high 28 digs and two assists in the five-set match against No. 6 Illinois on Oct. 22 tallied 17 digs and four assists against Wisconsin on Oct. 24, where she also perfectly received 34 of 35 serves from Wisconsin collected 12 digs, a service ace, and a perfect 22 for 22 reception percentage against Iowa on Oct. 27 tallied 18 digs and two assists against No. 24 Northwestern had 25 digs and one assist in the four-set loss to Indiana on Nov. 5 posted a team-high 30 digs in the match against Purdue on Nov. 6 in which she also had four assists was named Defensive Player of the Week after finishing back-to-back 22-dig performances against No. 16 Michigan on Nov. 12 and Michigan State on Nov. 13 also had one assist and eight receptions against Michigan and became the 15th player in school history to record 1,000 career digs collected two assists, one service ace, and 35 receptions against Michigan State had a team-high 14 digs against Wisconsin on Nov. 19 while also adding five assists against the No. 9 Illini on Nov. 20, tallied 18 digs, one service ace, and six assists tallied 14 digs, one service ace, and two assists against Ohio State on Nov. 26 led the defense with 24 digs against No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 27 while also posting a perfect 26-for-26 serve reception average and three assists collected a team-high 17 digs against NDSU on Dec. 3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament while adding eight assists on the match tallied a match-high 21 digs against Creighton on Dec. 4 also had three assists in the three-set win ended the season with a match-high 21 digs against Cal on Dec. 10 in the Regional Semifinal match.
2009 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in 33 matches and 107 sets during sophomore season averaged 2.36 dps and had a .956 serve receive percentage to help Minnesota have one of the better serve receive percentage in the conference finished fourth on the team in digs and was third in digs in Big Ten play collected 15 digs and had five assists against No. 22 Kansas State in the AVCA Showcase on Aug. 28 had four assists and six digs against No. 3 Nebraska in the AVCA Showcase on Aug. 29 had 11 digs and received 12 serves perfectly against Ohio State on Oct. 9 received 87 consecutive serves perfectly from Aug. 29 to Oct. 9 had 14 digs and received 21 serves perfectly on Oct. 23 against Michigan State tallied 13 digs against Indiana on Nov. 6 collected 12 digs and received 19 serves perfectly at No. 14 Michigan on Nov. 20 had 13 digs against No. 5 Illinois on Nov. 28 collected 14 digs against Louisville on Dec. 4 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament had a career-best 21 digs against No. 25 Colorado State in the NCAA Regional Semifinals on Dec. 11 received 20 serves perfectly in the Final Four match against No. 2 Texas on Dec. 17.
2008 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Played in 32 matches and 105 sets for the Golden Gophers as a freshman was third on the team in digs with 250 and averaged 2.38 kps tied for third on the team in assists (35) and also collected 12 service aces had two digs in her collegiate debut against Texas A&M on Aug. 30 collected eight digs and one service ace against No. 11 Hawai'i on Sept. 4 tallied nine digs and a service ace against Cincinnati on Sept. 6, and also collected 11 digs and two assists against Wyoming on Sept. 6 had nine digs in a three-set victory against No. 4 Cal on Sept. 12 tallied nine digs against No. 16 Cal Poly on Sept. 13 had 11 digs, three assists and one service ace against Notre Dame on Sept. 14 had 13 digs and a service ace against TCU on Sept. 19 collected a career-high 18 digs and two assists against North Carolina on Sept. 20 tallied 15 digs against Indiana on Nov. 1 had nine digs and two assists against No. 18 Purdue on Nov. 7 recorded 15 digs, two assists and one service ace against No. 16 Illinois had a career-high four assists, 12 digs and one service ace against No. 20 Michigan on Nov. 21 tallied 11 digs and three assists against Ohio State on Nov. 23 collected 15 digs and two assists against Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 6.
Member of the M-1 Volleyball Club helped lead her 18's team to a third place finish at Nationals her junior season.
Graduated Blaine High School in 2008 ranked No. 100 in the nation by prepvolleyball.com among high school seniors named First-Team All-State, All-Area and All-Conference in her senior season two-time All-Area honoree, four-time All-Conference and four-time team MVP at Blaine helped lead her team to a Sectional Championship, and was named to the All-Tournament team in the state tournament averaged 4.40 kpg and 5.80 dpg as a senior helped team to a third place finish in the State Tournament in 2006 named to State Tournament All-Tourney team twice in her career finished her career as the school record-holder in digs also was named All-State as a senior in track as well.
Born on Dec. 27, 1989 daughter of Marie and Rick Granquist has two siblings Ricky and Christina majoring in Marketing lists most memorable sports thrills as finishing third in State Tournament in 2006 and finished third in Junior Nationals is the cousin of Boston Celtic and Gopher basketball great Kevin McHale enjoys playing the piano in her spare time.
Seven Gopher Games Televised in 2017
The University of Minnesota volleyball program will have seven Big Ten matches televised this season, including one on ESPN, announced today by Big Ten Network and the conference office.
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