Steffi Sooter
Steffi Sooter


Santa Cruz, Calif.

High School:
Aptos HS


Libero/Defensive Specialist



Gophers Earn 59 Spots on Academic All-Big Ten Teams

Fall Academic All-Big Ten teams boast several Gopher Standouts


Gophers Fall to No. 4 Nebraska

The Gophers fell to the Cornhuskers in Lincoln


Gophers Set to Start Big Ten Second Half at Northwestern and Illinois

Minnesota travels for the second-straight week before lengthy homestand


No. 9 Minnesota Falls to No. 3 Illinois

The Gophers went to five sets in their Big Ten opener.

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.


Gophers Beat Ohio State in Five-Set Thriller


Minnesota ended its regular home season in a five-set win over Ohio State, 25-27, 29-31, 25-17, 25-15, 15-9. The Gophers are now 25-4 overall and 17-2 in the Big Ten.

Gophers Close Out Regular Season This Week


Minnesota hosts No. 16 Ohio State Wednesday and travels to Indiana Saturday to close out regular season.

Gophers Third in RPI, Fourth in AVCA Poll


The Golden Gophers are ranked No. 3 in the final NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).

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