Minnesota ended the season at 27-8
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
Gophers advance to Sweet Sixteen matchup against Purdue
Minnesota faces Liberty, while Creighton and Marquette are the early game
Minnesota went on an 11-1 run in the third to win in three over the Hoosiers
Today's G-60 features Gopher volleyball player Mia Tabberson.
2012 SENIOR SEASON: Academic All-Big Ten opened the season with 32 assists and three digs against James Madison (8/25) had 15 assists and 2 assists off a block against Appalachian State on (8/25) played all three matches in the Diet Coke Classic and led the team in assists in the Miami (OH) and Albany wins (9/1) helped the team to an above .500 hitting percentage in both the LIU Brooklyn and Miami (OH) matches had 23 assists in the win against Texas (9/6) and earned a season high of three solor blocks and a block assist against NDSU she had the game-high of 23 assists (9/10) recorded her 100th block assist in the win over Dayton (9/14) added 23 assists against Kansas State (9/14) played all four sets against Northwestern (9/23) saw action in two sets in the win over Ohio State (9/28) played in all three sets against Penn State, had one assist and one block assist (9/29) added five assists and one dig against Michigan State (10/6) had four assists, two digs, one block solo, and one block assist in the win over Iowa (10/12) saw action in all four sets and had three assists against Nebraska (10/14) had two assists and two block assists in the sweep over Wisconsin (10/17) had one assist and one block assist against Purdue (10/20) produced five assists and a block in the sweep over Northwestern (10/26) earned another five assists and also had one dig in the llinois victory (10/28) had one assist, two digs, and two block assists against the Penn State (11/2) recorded four assists and two block assists in the win over Ohio State (11/4) produced nine assists and three blocks to help aid in the five set win over Nebraska (11/16) had four assists and two blocks assists against the Hawkeyes (11/17) had three assists in the Wisconsin win (11/21) and five assists against Indiana (11/24) recorded a kill, three assists and one dig in the win over Creighton (12/1) had seven assists and two kill attempts in the Purdue win in her last career match, had three assists and three blocks against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the NCAA Regional Final (12/8).
2011 JUNIOR SEASON: Academic All-Big Ten Minnesota's recipient of the Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award held a team-high 1167 assists to average 12.16 per set had 19 service aces and 35 kills in five sets, recorded eight digs, three blocks, an ace and a kill of her own while setting a then career-high of 61 kill assists against USC (8/26) recorded 58 kill assists, four digs and nine blocks and a kill against Oregon (8/27) finished the night with a hitting percentage of .500 in five sets collected seven digs, two kills and a whopping 41 kill assists against Texas (9/2) in only three sets dished out 43 kill assists in three sets adding eight digs and one block against Texas (9/3) continued to dish out kill assists with 33 against Saint Louis (9/9) also had eight digs, two kills, two blocks and one service ace recorded a career high 63 kill assists against Kansas (9/10) in five sets also had eight digs, four blocks and four kills with a hitting percentage of .429 earned her first double double of the season with 49 kill assists and ten digs against UNI (9/10) also had six kills with a hitting percentage of .455 and four blocks added 43 more kill assists against Middle Tennessee (9/17) also had two digs and a block registered a double double with 54 kill assists and 13 digs against Marquette (9/18) also had three kills and two blocks opened the Big Ten season with 54 kill assists, six digs and one block against Illinois (9/23) played in only one set against Northwestern (9/25) with nine kill assists and one dig in five sets against Michigan (10/7), had 56 kill assists, six blocks, five digs and two service aces recorded a double double with 41 kill assists, 11 digs and two blocks in a three game sweep over Michigan State (10/8) recorded her fourth double double with 36 kill assists, 10 digs, three kills, two service aces and one block against Iowa (10/14) played in five sets against Nebraska (10/15) with 52 kill assists, eight digs, two blocks and one kill registered 61 kill assists, 14 digs, three kills with a .500 hitting percentage, one block and one service ace against Wisconsin (10/19) in one set, had nine kill assists, two digs and a block against Nebraska (11/16) racked up her fifth double double of the season with 55 kill assists, 13 digs, four kills, four blocks (one solo) and three service aces against Iowa (11/19) registered 45 kill assists and 10 digs for her sixth double double on the season, three kills and a block against Wisconsin (11/23) finished the regular season with 35 kill assists, dive digs, two blocks, one kill and a service ace in a win against Indiana (11/25) had a match-high 46 assists in the NCAA first round win against North Dakota State (12/2) came into the match in the third set against Washington and had a match high 45 assists during the NCAA second round comeback win (12/3).ended the final match against Iowa State in the Regional Semifinal (12/9) with 49 assists, nine digs, and two blocks.
2010 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Saw action as the starting setter in 83 sets in 27 matches averaged 10.84 aps and ended with a hitting percentage of .186 (51-24-145) collected 900 assists for the Gophers her average of 10.84 aps ranked fifth in the Big Ten made her first start for the Gophers against Denver on Aug. 27 and tallied 32 assists, nine digs, and two total blocks had a perfect assist percentage for 20 in assists against Baylor connecting with the hitters on all 20 attempts also accounted for two kills and one service ace in the effort against Baylor on Sept. 3 went 32 for 33 in assists against No. 22 Northern Iowa on Sept. 4 and also had five digs and one kill against the Panthers had 30 assists for the three-set victory over NC Central on Sept. 10 also tallied four kills, two digs, and two block assists in the win On Sept. 18 against San Diego State tallied 25 assists shared setting duties against No. 23 San Diego where she tallied 27 assists in three sets had 32 assists against Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference opener on Sept. 24 also added three kills, one dig, and one block assist on the match tallied 35 assists, seven digs, two kills, and four total blocks in the five-set loss to No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 25 collected 52 assists, two kills, one service ace, and six digs against Purdue on Oct. 1 tallied 26 assists in two sets against Indiana on Oct. 3 played in all four sets against No. 24 Northwestern on Oct. 10 and collected 25 assists and six digs connected with the Gopher hitters for 42 assists against No. 9 Penn State on Oct. 15 where she also had two kills, five digs, and one block had 24 assists in two sets, one service ace, and one dig against Ohio State the next night played one set against No. 6 Illinois on Oct. 22 and tallied three assists played in two sets against Wisconsin and collected 15 assists, one kill, one service ace, and eight digs saw action in one set against No. 24 Northwestern on Oct. 29 but did not record any statistics played in two sets of the four against Indiana on Nov. 5 in which she tallied 19 assists, two kills, and one service ace, four digs, and two blocks connected with the Gopher hitters for 51 assists against Purdue on Nov. 6 also had three kills and seven digs in the match tallied 35 assists, one service ace, three blocks, four digs, and tied her personal best of four kills in the win over No. 16 Michigan on Nov. 12 set a career-high 56 assists in the Nov. 13 match against Michigan State also had two kills, nine digs, and one block on the night played for 29 assists, two kills, 10 digs, and one block assist against Wisconsin on Nov. 19 had 54 assists for the Gopher offense in the five-set victory over No. 9 Illinois on Nov. 20 also had three kills, seven digs, and two total blocks in the match collected 44 assists, nine digs, three blocks, and two kills against Ohio State on Nov. 26 tallied 56 assists against No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 27 also had one kill, two service aces, 10 digs and four blocks in the five-set win collected 38 assists, one service ace and ten digs against NDSU in round one of the NCAA Tournament also hit .556 (6-1-9) against the Bison on Dec. 3 connected for 48 assists while also adding four kills, nine digs, and two blocks against Creighton on Dec. 4 to advance the Gophers to the NCAA Regionals in Seattle, Wash. had a match-high 47 assists, three digs and three total blocks on Dec. 10 against Cal in the Regional Semifinal match.
2009 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Played in 27 sets in 15 matches throughout the season finished second on the team in assists with 195 averaged 7.22 aps, 0.26 kps, 0.89 dps and 0.41 bps on the season had five assists and one dig in her Golden Gopher debut on Aug. 31 against George Mason tallied 25 assists, one solo block, one block assists and one dig in a three set victory over Navy on Sept. 1 set a career-high in both kills and digs, three and four respectively, in a match against the USF Bulls on Sept. 12 had two kills in four attempts and two digs in one set against Oregon on Sept. 18 improved her career-high assists to 36 and tied her career-highs of four digs and one service ace, in a four-set victory against Northwestern on Oct. 17 had two kills, 15 assists, one service ace, two block assists, and two digs against Penn State on Oct. 30 made her first NCAA Tournament appearance against Louisville on Dec. 4 received the Gold Country Award for the highest GPA during the fall semester.
Named MVP and an All-American at the AAU Championships in 2009 for the Munciana Samurai Club that she led to a national title setter for the USA A-2 Youth National Team in 2006 helped her 15'1s team a third-place national finish in the Junior Olympics Her 16'1s team finished 11th in the Junior Olympics and third in the AAU National Tournament was also named an AAU All-American in 2008.
Attended Burris High School as a senior, she helped lead her team to the 2A State Championship, a MEC Conference Championship and received All-State and Area honors in her junior season, she was the setter for the 2A State Championship team at Burris, and also received All-State and All-Area honors during her time at Burris High School, they won four state titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).
Born on Jan. 27, 1991 psychology major daughter of Bill Tabberson and Pam Harwood.
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