Dana Knudsen
Dana  Knudsen


Sacramento, Calif.

High School:
St. Francis High School

Last College:
Santa Clara


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Harms and Dixon Named All-Americans by AVCA

Harms was named a first-team All-American, while Dixon was named to the Second Team


Gophers End Season in Four-Set Loss to No. 1 Seed Penn State

Minnesota ended the season at 27-8


Gophers Move to Elite Eight With a Four-Set Win Over Purdue

After falling in the first set, Minnesota won the next three


Gophers Prepare for the NCAA Regionals in West Lafayette

Minnesota takes on Purdue at Mackey Arena on Friday


Dixon and Harms Named All-Region

The duo mark the 15th-straight year a Gopher has been named All-Region

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2012 • SENIOR SEASON: Held a .429 hitting percentage and four block assists in the match against James Madison (8/25) • had three kills in eight attempts while also adding a solo block and 2 block assists against Appalachian State (8/25) • started in all three matches during the Diet Coke Classic (8/31-9/1) • had four kills in just four attempts in the Miami (OH) win (9/1) • matched her career high in kill attempts with 14 in the Texas win (9/6) • led the team in block assists with nine vs Dayton (9/14) • added another three block assists in the Kansas State match (9/14) and had three digs • had 11 kills in 16 attempts to earn the game-high .625 hitting percentage in the win over Tulsa (9/15) • had a .500 hitting percentage against Illinois with four kills from six attempts (9/21) • hit a .583 percentage against Northwestern with seven kills from 13 attempts (9/23) and seven block assists • had a .750 hitting percentage vs. Ohio State with three kills in four attempts (9/28) • had four kills and one block assist against Penn St. (9/29) • had four kills from only eight attempts (.500) along with one block solo vs the Wolverines (10/3) • tied her career high 11 kills in 16 attempts against Michigan State (10/6) • contributed seven kills on 13 attempts, along with four blocks in the win over Iowa (10/12) • added another four kills and four block assists at Nebraska (10/14) • tied for the team lead with nine kills, hit .438 along with having four block assists against the Badgers (10/17) • had 10 kills from her career high 17 attempts, while also leading the team in blocks (5) and hitting percentage (.353) in the win over Purdue (10/20) • had a .625 hitting percentage with six kills on eight attempts against Northwestern (10/26) • added four kills, one dig, and three block assists in the sweep versus Illinois (10/28) • had six kills, one dig and five block assists against Penn St. (11/2) • tied her career high 11 kills from a career-high 22 attempts with five blocks to the win over Ohio St. (11/4) • hit .500 with eight kills against Michigan State (11/9) • led the team in hitting with a .636 clip against the Wolverines (11/10) • hit .529 with nine kills, also had two block assists in the victory over Nebraska (11/16) • had five kills, one dig, and two block assists against the Iowa Hawkeyes (11/17) • hit .500 with eight kills and three blocks in Wisconsin win (11/21) • led the team with four blocks and had six kills in the Indiana sweep (11/24) •hit a match-best .500 (6-1-10) in the NCAA First Round win over Liberty (11/30) • tied a Gopher career high 11 kills and had five blocks in the Creight win (12/1) • earned four kills and led the team with six block assists in her last career match against Penn State in the NCAA Regional Final (12/8).

PRIOR TO MINNESOTA: Garnered WCC preseason all-conference team honors with Santa Clara in 2011 • second on the team in 2011 with 238 kills while hitting a team high .332, led the team with 61 blocks • named to the All-WCC First Team as well as receiving WCC Player of the Week twice • hit .769 with 11 kills against Seattle (Aug. 26) and hit .667 vs. Eastern Washington (Aug. 27), helping her receive WCC Player of the Week as well as being named to the All-Tournament team at the Seattle University Fall Volley • totaled 10 kills while hitting .667 vs. LMU (Oct. 20) and collected 16 kills and four blocks, hitting .481 against San Francisco (Oct. 22) helping her claim WCC Player of the Week honors yet again • As a sophomore, named All-WCC Honorable Mention • Played in 102 sets and averaged 2.77 kills per set with 255 total kills on the season and a .326 hitting percentage • named WCC Player of the Week after her play at UOP Tournament • Played in 105 matches and earned WCC All-Freshman team honors, averaging 2.26 kills per set in her red-shirt freshman year of 2009 • Played in five matches prior to being redshirted in 2008. AT ST. FRANCIS: A 2008 graduate of St. Francis High School in Sacramento • played volleyball for Alynn Wright and Bill Hanrahan • aided the Troubadours run at three consecutive Delta River League championships in 2005, '06 and '07 • received all-league honors in 2006 and '07 • named second team All-Metro by The Sacramento Bee • served as team captain as a senior in 2007 • helped the team to a Sac-Joaquin Section championship in 2005 and '07 ... was a member of the 2005 Division III State championship squad • off the court, served as president of Pink Ladies, a breast cancer awareness club; was a Big Sister community service leader, a St. Francis ambassador and a soloist in the Chamber Singers choir.

PERSONAL: Daughter of David and Kimberly Knudsen • Dad went to UC Irvine and mom graduated from San Diego State • born in La Jolla, Calif. • has a younger brother, Jake • enjoys singing, hanging out with friends, waterskiing and shopping • played club volleyball for coach Jeff Deter and the Gold Cal Juniors • earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and is earning a master's degree in sports management.


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Gopher volleyball standout Stephanie Samedy has had a busy month since finishing her freshman year of college.

Gopher Ties Compete With USA Volleyball

Gopher Ties Compete With USA Volleyball

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The University of Minnesota has four Gopher connections competing with USA Volleyball teams this summer.

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