Steffi Sooter
Steffi  Sooter


Santa Cruz, Calif.

High School:
Aptos HS


Libero/Defensive Specialist



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Has played in 53 matches and 168 games • established a career-high 23 digs this year in the Northwestern match (9/25).

In four sets, registered five digs against USC (8/26) • recorded 13 digs in five sets against Oregon (8/27) • played in one set in a sweep against Texas (9/2) • played in one set against Kansas (9/10) in Clarion Inn-invitational • had four digs and a service ace in a set against Middle Tennessee (9-17) • registered ten digs in five sets against Marquette (9/18) • recorded 20 digs and a kill assist against Illinois (9/23) • in four sets, had 23 digs, two service aces and a kill assist against Northwestern (9/25) • played in three sets against Nebraska (10/15) recording two digs • registered a dig in four sets against Wisconsin (10/19) • in three sets against Penn State (11/4) recorded one dig • racked up six digs and a service ace against Iowa (11/19) • registered 12 digs and a kill against Wisconsin (11/23) • finished the regular season with six digs, a kill assist and a service ace in a win against Indiana (11/25) • played back row in both matches of the NCAA first and second round.•racked in an assist, and eight digs in the Sweet Sixteen Regional Semifinal match vs. Iowa State (12/9).

Played in 91 of 129 sets so far this season • ended with a total of 193 digs for the Golden Gopher defense with an average of 2.12 dps • had two digs and five receptions in her first appearance for Minnesota on Aug. 27 • tallied two receptions and one dig against Stony Brook on Aug. 28 • had five receptions and three digs against Marqueete on Aug. 28 • set a career-high of 18 receptions against Baylor on Sept. 3 • also had four digs and one assist against Baylor • tallied 10 digs against No. 22 Northern Iowa on Sept. 4 • added nine receptions and five digs to the Gopher defense, aiding the victory over No. 20 Dayton to win the Diet Coke Classic Tournament • tallied 15 digs against NC Central on Sept. 10 • added four digs to Minnesota's defense against Delaware on Sept. 11 • saw playing time in one set against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 17 but did not collect any stats • had two digs against San Diego State on Sept. 18 • tallied 12 digs and one assist against No. 23 San Diego on Sept. 18 • had one dig against Michigan State on Sept. 24 • tallied eight digs in the loss to No. 22 Michigan State on Sept. 25 • perfectly received 27 of 29 serves while also digging up 10 kills in the four-set victory over Purdue on Oct. 1 • had 14 digs against No. 24 Northwestern on Oct. 29 • had six digs against Indiana on Nov. 5 • the next day against Purdue, she tallied eight digs and had perfect service reception • had three digs and 11 service receptions against No. 16 Michigan on Nov. 12 • added 12 digs and 18 receptions to the defensive effort against Michigan State on Nov. 13 • had nine digs and no reception errors against Wisconsin on Nov. 19 • set a career-best 17 digs in the five-set win over No. 9 Illinois on Nov. 20 • on Nov. 26 against Ohio State, collected two assists and nine digs • posted 14 digs, and 13 perfect receptions against No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 27 • had nine digs and eight perfect receptions in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against NDSU on Dec. 3 • tallied 11 digs, one assist, and 20 solid service receptions against Creighton on Dec. 4 to help the Gophers advance to the Regional Tournament in Seattle, Wash • collected nine digs in the three-set loss to Cal in the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal match on Dec. 10.

Played club volleyball for the Vision 18 Gold Volleyball Club out of Los Gatos.

A libero from Aptos High School in Santa Cruz, Calif. where she was named the Most Valuable Player of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League by league coaches • also received Junior of the Year and Sophomore of the Year honors the two previous seasons • Aptos finished undefeated in SCCAL play in 2009 and reached the Central Coast Section Division III semifinals • as a senior, Sooter had 953 digs and 87 service aces • She also collected 601 digs in her junior season for a total of 1,554 digs in her final two seasons at Aptos High School.

Born on July 11, 1992 • major is undecided • daughter of Steve Pacheco and Sonya Sooter • enjoys playing beach volleyball in her spare time.


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