Minnesota ended the season at 27-8
Minnesota takes on Purdue at Mackey Arena on Friday
Gophers advance to Sweet Sixteen matchup against Purdue
Gophers will play Creighton tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Minnesota faces Liberty, while Creighton and Marquette are the early game
2013 SENIOR SEASON: Academic All-Big Ten Primary setter for the Gophers and established 1101 assists, 17 aces and 281 digs Started in all four matches at the UAB/Samford Tournament and helped Minnesota to a .339 hitting clip, 140 assists and four aces Named to the Diet Coke Classic All-Tournament Team when she had 89 assists and 18 digs, including a double double against Ball State (35 assists, 10 digs) Had a match-high 32 assists against Indiana (9/25) Added a match-high 34 assists in the Purdue win (9/29) Produced 46 assists, 10 digs and a kill in the Penn State loss (10/9) Provided a match-high 27 assists and eight digs in the Ohio State win (10/12) Had a match-high 31 assists in the Michigan State win (10/17) Added a double-double of 32 assists and 11 digs at Wisconsin (10/23) Held a season-high 52 assist in the win at Purdue (11/1) Helped the Gophers to a .336 hitting clip against Ohio State (11/15) and had a match-high 29 assists Helped Minnesota to a .385 hitting clip and 20 assists in the Michigan win (11/22) Added 26 assists against Wisconsin and three kills (11/27) Posted a team-best 34 assists, an ace and six digs in the win over Colorado (12/7).
2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Opened her Minnesota career at the James Madison Invitational (8/25) had 15 assists in the season opener against the Dukes started against Appalachain State and held a match-high 29 assists in the 3-0 win started all three matches in the Diet Coke Classic, had two aces and held a team-high 22 assists in the LIU Brooklyn win (8/31) helped the team to an above .500 hitting percentage in both the LIU Brooklyn and Miami (OH) matches held a match-high of 33 assists in the victory versus Texas (9/6) also added 21 assists against Texas (9/7) recorded a service ace and 18 assists in the sweep against North Dakota State (9/10) earned two aces and 16 assists in the against Dayton (9/14) at the Golden Hurricane Classic led the team with 29 assist against Kansas State (9/14) earned a Minnesota career high 42 assists in the sweep over Tulsa (9/15) received all-tournament team honors for her performance at the Golden Hurricane Classic had 44 assists and one ace against Illinois (9/21) earned a career high 54 assists in the win over Northwestern (9/23) named Big Ten Setter of Week after the Big Ten opener had 37 assists and three digs in the win over Ohio State (9/28) had 26 assists and led the team with 12 digs against Penn State (9/29) added a match-high 52 assists, two service aces and 13 digs in the victory over Michigan (10/3) had a double double with 52 assists and 10 digs against Michigan State (10/6) had 51 assists and six digs against Iowa (10/12) established 49 assists and led the team with 14 digs with 14 against Nebraska (10/14) produced 34 assists, six digs and one ace against Wisconsin (10/17) had 43 assists and two block assists in the defeat over Purdue (10/20) helped the Gophers to a team .424 hitting clip and registered 42 assists, one dig, and one block assist against Northwestern (10/26) added 39 assists and five digs to the victory over Illinois (10/28) produced 37 assists and five digs against Penn State (11/2) had 53 assists and reached a career high 16 digs in the win over Ohio State (11/4) had 34 assists and six digs against Michigan State (11/9) earned 29 assists, four digs, and one block assist against Michigan (11/10) had 48 assists and made it a double-double with 11 digs against Nebraska (11/16) had 35 assists, one ace and five digs in the Iowa sweep (11/17) aided 37 assists and added seven digs to the sweep over Wisconsin (11/21) recorded 29 assists and also had one service ace and three digs at Indiana (11/24) had a match-high 39 assists and two kills in the NCAA First Round win over Liberty (11/30) had 48 assists and two aces and helped the Gophers to a .314 hitting clip in Creighton win (12/1) ended the season with a double double match with 38 assists and 12 digs against the Penn State Lions in the Regional Final (12/8).
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA: Played at Santa Clara with current Gopher Dana Knudsen played in 71 sets and was second on the team with 429 assists to go along with 131 digs received Honorable Mention honors on the WCC All-Academic Team as a sophomore in 2010, played in 68 sets, averaging 2.84 apg had 165 assists and 59 digs in 2010 suffered a wrist injury her freshman year (2009) and was unable to play at full strength for most of season. AT LAGUNA BEACH: A 2009 graduate of Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach, Calif. coached by Lance Stewart 2008 Prep Volleyball All- American and Academic All-American was tabbed for Senior Ace team on PrepVolleyball.com website and as one of Volleyball magazine's Fab 50 2008 first team all-county 2008 CIF first team team won the CIF Division II championships in 2006-07 runner ups in CIF state championship in 2006 2008 USA Volleyball Junior A2 National Training Team played club volleyball with Laguna Beach VBC for coach Michael Soylular club team won the bronze medal at the JO 18 Open when she was named to the al-tournament club team won 16 Open JOs in 2006 when she was named the MVP.
PERSONAL: Born April 9, 1991 Daughter of Sylvain and Rosemary Palmer has a younger brother, Andrew and a younger sister, Allison sister Allison plays for Arizona State enjoys reading and hanging out with friends majoring in Latin.
Gophers Meet with the Media
Minnesota held its first media availability on Thursday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion.
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.
Freshman Feature: Sara Nielsen
Gophersports.com caught up with freshman setter Sara Nielsen after her first week on practice.