Gopher Sports caught up with alum Tori Dixon as she's playing professionally in Italy.
The 3-1 victory over China on Oct. 12 solidified a World Championship win
Gopher alum Tori Dixon was one of 14 players named to USA's FIVB Women's World Championship Roster
Here's a short Q and A with two seniors who have recently competed with USA Volleyball affiliated groups.
Harms was named a first-team All-American, while Dixon was named to the Second Team
The Gopher volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with a victory over Colorado.
Minnesota swept Radford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Fourth-ranked Minnesota swept Ball State on the way to the Diet Coke Classic.
CAREER NOTES: Ranks fifth all time in total blocks (507), the best career hitting percentage (.369) and ninth all-time in career kills (1,479) First Team All-America honoree as a senior and unanimous All-Big Ten selection Second Team All-America as a junior and named a unanimous All-Big Ten selection All-America honorable mention and All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore named to the Preaseason All-Big Ten team in 2011, 2012 and 2013 earned all-tournament honors at the UNI Tournament in 2011 received Big Ten Honorable-Mention honors and was named to the All-Freshmen team in 2010.
2013 SENIOR SEASON: First Team All-American Unanimous 2013 All-Big Ten selection All-North Region Led the Gophers in sets played (125), kills (457), kills per set (3.66), hitting percentage (.399), total blocks (161), blocks per set (1.29) and points (570.5) Had 248 kills to average 3.31 per set in Big Ten play and produced 1.31 blocks per set Led the Gophers in kills and blocks 18 times and received five Big Ten weekly awards Played six rotations as a middle blocker and notched double-doubles against Jacksonville State (17 kills, 12 digs) and UAB (15 kills, 11 digs Led all Gopher attackers at the UAB/Samford Challenge when she led in kills (49), kills per set (4.08), hitting percentage (.472), total blocks (11), blocks per set (0.92) and points (58) Named the Big Ten Player of the Week and named to the All-Tournament team after UAB Tourney Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after the Diet Coke Classic Named the Diet Coke Classic MVP when she hit .574 in the tournament, had 15 blocks, 44 kills, four aces and nine digs Had 19 kills and hit .577 against Louisville (9/13) Named Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week when she was named all-tournament at Dartmouth Duels when she averaged 4.00 kills per set, hit .485, five aces, 13 blocks and established 26 digs Established a new career high in match kills (23) in the Iowa match (10/5) Provided a season-high nine blocks in the Penn State loss (10/9) and had 17 kills Added a match-best 12 kills and seven blocks in Ohio State victory (10/12) Had 10 kills, seven digs and eight blocks against Michigan State (10/17) Held a match-best 20 kills and hit .450 against Wisconsin (10/23) Added 14 kills, nine blocks and 19.5 points in Northwestern win (10/27) Posted 19 kills in the Purdue win (11/1) Hit .318 and had 10 kills against Penn State (1/16) Established 23 kills and a Big Ten best 13 blocks against Michigan and Michigan State (11/22-23) to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors Led the Gophers with 15 kills and 11 kills against Wisconsin and Illinois in final week of Big Ten play (11/27 & 11/30) Led the Gophers in kills against Radford and tied for the team lead against Colorado in the opening weekend of NCAA tournament play Had 12 kills in the Stanford NCAA Regional Semifinal match.
2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Second Team All-America as a junior and named a unanimous All-Big Ten selection Preseason All-Big Ten selection started junior season when she had 14 kills in 16 attempts (.875 hitting percentage), while adding two blocks and two block assists against James Madison (8/25) had a .500 hitting percentage with 11 kills against Appalachian State (8/25) Diet Coke Classic All-Tournament Team honoree when she registered 34 kills in 44 attempts and a team-best .727 hitting percentage was named the Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after the Classic, her first weekly honor of her career had 14 total blocks during the Diet Coke Classic and averaged 1.6 bps tied her season high of 14 kills in the Texas victory (9/6) along with tying her career best of eight digs added four block assists versus Texas (9/7) and tied a team-high 12 kills had five service aces against the Longhorns led team with 15 kills in 23 attempts in the victory against NDSU (9/10) along with recording two aces had 11 kills in 16 attempts, along with four block assists in the win against Dayton (9/14) earned another two aces and two block assists vs Kansas State (9/14) finished off the Tulsa Tournament with eight kills and two block assists in the win over Tulsa (9/15) hit a .688 game against Illinois (9/21) with 11 kills from 16 attempts had 13 kills and three total blocks versus Northwestern (9/23) had seven kills, one ace, two digs against Ohio State (9/28) earned another seven kills and added four block assists vs.against Penn State (9/29) had 10 kills and six digs in the win over the Wolverines (10/3) held a season-high six total blocks in win over Michigan State (10/6) had 14 kills and six digs in the win against Iowa (10/12) led the team with 16 kills and hit .682 against Nebraska (10/14) tied for a team-high nine kills, led the team with a .444 hitting percentage and had two aces in the sweep over the Badgers (10/17) produced 10 kills and tied her season high three service aces in the victory over Purdue (10/20) had 12 kills and led the team with five blocks against Northwestern (10/26) earned 14 kills and two service aces in the sweep over Illinois (10/28) had nine kills and reached a career high 11 total blocks in the loss to Penn State (11/2) recorded 14 kills on 24 swings and had the match-high of seven blocks in the five set win over the Buckeyes (11/4) named Defensive Player of the Week after the victory over Ohio State led the team with two block solos and four block assists against the Spartans (11/9) had eight kills, five digs, and three block assists against Michigan (11/10) recorded 16 kills on 27 attempts and had two aces while leading the team with seven blocks in the win over Nebraska (11/16) hit .526 with 12 kills in the sweep over the Hawkeyes (11/17) named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the week after the weekend wins over Nebraska and Iowa (11/19) had eight kills and six digs in the sweep over the Badgers (11/21) had the match high hitting percentage with .750 (12-0-16) against Indiana (11/24) had 10 kills two aces, five blocks and five digs in the First Round win over Liberty (11/30) had 11 kills, three digs and three blocks in the Second Round win over Creighton (12/1) had 11 kills and led the team with five blocks in the NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Purdue (12/7) hit a .538, leading the team in hitting percentage and also had six blocks in the Regional Final match against Penn State (12/8).
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON: All-America honorable mention and All-Big Ten honoree led the team in aces (37) and second on the team hitting percentage (.342), kills (334), points (426.5) and blocks (108 tb) had a monster season opening match against USC (8/26) in five sets, had four digs and blocks and a .410 hitting percentage while setting a then season high of 22 kills against Oregon (8/27) recorded ten kills with a .500 hitting percentage, seven blocks and two assists in five sets set a then career-high with three aces in three sets against Texas (9/2) also had 11 kills, an ace and a block registered 10 kills and hit .444 against Texas (9/3) had two digs and two blocks while increasing her career-high from three aces the night before to five recorded nine kills with a .412 hitting percentage against Saint Louis (9/9) also had three blocks, one dig and one assist in three sets in five sets against Kansas (9/10), registered 20 kills, hit .500, had five digs and blocks and one ace against UNI, Dixon had nine kills, seven blocks, two digs and two aces (9/10) en route to being named All Clarion Inn-vitational Tournament Team turned in another strong night with 10 kills for a .517 hitting percentage against Middle Tennessee (9/17) also had three digs, two blocks and two service aces in five sets, Dixon had 12 kills, three blocks, three digs and an assist against Marquette (9/18) recorded 13 killss and three digs and two assists against Illinois (9/23) had nine kills, four digs, three blocks and two aces against Northwestern (9/25) in five sets against Michigan (10/7), had 17 kills with a .577 hitting percentage, a career-high eight blocks and a couple service aces recorded 12 kills and a .417 hitting percentage in a three game sweep over Michigan State (10/8) also had four blocks and two digs in three sets played in five sets against Nebraska (10/15) with 12 kills, three digs, three blocks and one ace registered 15 kills, two digs, service aces and blocks (one solo) against Wisconsin (10/19) against then No. 3 Illinois (10/29), had six kills for a career-high .667 hitting percentage, six blocks, four aces and three digs in three sets in five sets against Penn State (11/4) had 11 kills for a .364 hitting percentage and three aces had 14 kills for a .310 hitting percentage, five blocks, three digs and an ace against Ohio State (11/5) recorded five kills, four blocks, three digs, a kill assist and an ace against Michigan State (11/9) in four sets, had 13 kills, three blocks (one solo) and a dig against Nebraska (11/16) racked up 15 kills for a .379 hitting percentage, five blocks, three digs and an ace against Iowa (11/19) registered 14 kills for a .667 hitting percentage, three blocks and two digs against Wisconsin (11/23) finished the regular season with six kills, five blocks and three digs in a win against Indiana (11/25) had nine kills, two aces, three digs and four blocks against North Dakota State in the NCAA first round (12/2) added six kills in the comeback win over Washington (12/3) in the NCAA secoudn round finished her sophomore season match in the Regional Semifinal vs. Iowa State (12/9) with four kills, four digs, and five blocks.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Received Honorable-Mention honors and was named to the All-Freshmen team played in 125 of 129 sets on the season averaged 2.44 kps with a total of 305 - third highest on the team finished third on the team in hitting percentage with .288 (305-105-695) on the season also finished third on the team in blocking with an average of 0.84 blps and has collected a total 105 blocks served 17 aces for the Gophers was named to the Golden Gopher Invite All-Tournament team collected five kills in nine swings, one assist, four digs, and four block assists in her Minnesota debut on Aug. 27 against Denver had two service aces and a .647 hitting percentage (13-2-17) against Stony Brook on Aug. 28 had two block assists and 11 kills on Aug. 28 against Marquette added 12 kills and one service ace to the Minnesota offense against Baylor on Sept. 3 had nine kills and six digs against #22 Northern Iowa on Sept 4 had eight kills and seven blocks against NC Central on Sept. 10 at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. had eight kills, eight digs, and six total blocks against Delaware on Sept. 11 contributed five kills and six blocks to the victory over Duke on Sept. 11 to help claim the tournament title had four kills, one dig, and four block assists against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 17 in the first game of the USD/San Diego State Tournament tallied two service aces, five kills, and five total blocks against San Diego State on Sept. 18 had 11 kills, and five blocks against No. 23 San Diego to close out the tournament on Sept. 24, collected four kills, one service ace, one assist, and three total blocks against Michigan State had 11 kills, one service ace, and nine total blocks against No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 25 had 10 kills and four total blocks against Purdue on Oct. 1 on Oct. 3, tallied nine kills, one dig and one block assist in the three-set victory over Indiana had seven kills and three digs against Iowa on Oct. 6 collected 13 kills in 25 swings on Oct. 10 against Northwestern for a .440 hitting percentage (13-2-25) also tallied two digs and two blocks on the match had ten kills, one assist, and three digs against No. 9 Penn State on Oct. 15 hit .353 (8-2-17) against Ohio State on Oct. 16 and added one service ace, seven digs, and two block assists for the Gophers had eight kills, one service ace, five digs, and three block assists against No. 6 Illinois on Oct. 22 had five kills and three total blocks against Wisconsin on Oct. 24 tallied eight kills and one block against Iowa on Oct. 27 collected eight kills, two service aces, and four blocks against No. 24 Northwestern two days later had 10 kills, one assist, four digs and one block against Indiana on Nov. 5 on Nov. 6, contributed 11 kills, one service ace, seven digs, and six blocks to the victory over Purdue had nine kills in 27 attempts with only one error against No. 16 Michigan on Nov. 12 also had three digs and one solo block in the three-set victory collected a career-best 17 kills, one assist, seven digs, and two total blocks against Michigan State on Nov. 13 contributed four kills, one assist, three digs and two blocks against Wisconsin on Nov. 19 hit .414 (14-2-29) with 14 kills and only two errors against No. 9 Illinois on Nov. 20 also tallied one assist, two digs, and three blocks in the victory led the team with 12 kills against Ohio State on Nov. 26 where she also had two total blocks and two digs repeated the previous night by collecting 12 kills against No. 7 Penn State on Nov 27 also had two service aces, four digs, and four total blocks tallied eight kills, two service aces, four digs, and one block assist against NDSU on Dec. 3 hit an impressive .625 (12-2-16) against Creighton on Dec. 4 to help the Gophers move on to Regionals also had four digs and four blocks in the three-set win collected four kills, one assist, two blocks and three digs in the Regional Semifinal match against Cal on Dec. 10.
Was the Tournament MVP of the 17-1s AAU National Championship team and was on the All-Tournament team in 15-1s and 16-1s helped lead that club team to back-to-back-to-back AAU National Championships and a second place finish in the U.S. Junior Nationals last summer also claimed All-Tournament honors the last three years in the U.S. Junior Nationals was also the leading scorer on the U.S. Girls Youth National Team that captured Gold at the NORCECA Championships in Puerto Rico during the summer of 2008.
In her senior season, led her team to a 21-9 overall record and a No. 2 seed in the Class AAA State Tournament, where it finished in third place named to Class AAA All-Tournament team also named to the Star Tribune All-Metro team she is a two-time All-Metro, and was named All-State in 2008 Heading into the state tournament, Dixon had 498 kills, 226 digs, is hitting .534 and has collected 68 service aces in her senior season as a junior, Dixon also had 405 kills, 86 blocks and hit .476. She collected 399 kills, 71 blocks and 66 service aces as a sophomore was tabbed as No. 13 on prepvolleyball.com's top seniors in the nation,
Born on Aug. 4, 1992 Sport management major with a communications focus daughter of David and Pamela Dixon.
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