Sara Nielsen
Sara  Nielsen


Glen Ellyn, Ill.

High School:
Benet Academy





Gophers To Send 13 to USA Open Tryouts

The University of Minnesota will send the largest collegiate contingent to the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout, March 2-4, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Freshman Feature: Sara Nielsen

Gophersports.com caught up with freshman setter Sara Nielsen after her first week on practice.


Career Stats

Saw action in four sets during her freshman season • made her collegiate debut in the 3-1 win over Louisville (Aug. 26) and played in one set • saw action against Michigan State • recorded her first collegiate assist during the Nebraska match • added three assists in the win over Rutgers.

Played for Benet Academy and Mizuno Sports Performance Volleyball • named a 2016 Under Armour All-America honorable mention • ranked 69th in Prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces  first-team all-state selection  helped Benet to sectional and conference championships in 2015 and a regional championship in 2016 • all-conference selection in both 2016 and 2015 and honorable mention status as a sophomore • had 968 assists, 122 digs, 28 aces, 26 blocks and 63 kills • played five years at Sports Performance and won the 18-Open national championship, a world championship and was a 2015 AAU All-American • played in the European Global Challenge with the U22 BIP Midwest Team in Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia • was an honor roll student in high school. 

The daughter of Rob Nielsen, Gwen Nielsen and Chris Gambol • born April 21, 1999 • plans to major in business • has an older brother, Connor • mother, Gwen, played volleyball at Northwestern, and aunt, Kelly, played volleyball at Purdue • step-father, Chris, played football and ran track at Iowa. He also played in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots • father, Rob, played water polo at West Point. 


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Gophers alums Hannah Tapp, Paige Tapp and Sarah Wilhite are on USA Volleyball's Pan Am Cup preliminary roster

Samedy Shares Her USA Volleyball Experience

Samedy Shares Her USA Volleyball Experience

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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

5/30/2018 - W. Volleyball

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

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