Here's a short Q and A with two seniors who have recently competed with USA Volleyball affiliated groups.
The outside hitter will compete in Dallas this summer
Harms was named a first-team All-American, while Dixon was named to the Second Team
Minnesota ended the season at 27-8
After falling in the first set, Minnesota won the next three
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.
Ashley Wittman was named Big Ten Player of the Week.
CAREER NOTES: 2012 and 2013 Team captain Second Team All-American and All-Big Ten honoree as a senior Ranks sixth in Minnesota history in career kills (1,778) and fourth in career digs (1,510) All-America and All-Big Ten honorable mention as a junior Second-Team All-American in her sophomore season Unanimous All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore earned Most Valuable Player in two of three tournaments in 2011 Named Preseason All-Big Ten in 2011 and 2012 earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team in 2010.
2013 SENIOR SEASON
Second Team All-American Unanimous All-Big Ten selection for the second time of her career NCAA All-Tournament Team selection Ranked second on the team in kills (423), kills per set (3.41) and points (477) and first in attempts (1062) and digs (425) Led Minnesota with 16 double-doubles UAB/Samford All-Tournament honoree Averaged 3.55 kills per set in the UAB/Samford tourney and provided 39 kills, four assists, three aces and 35 digs Diet Coke Classic All-Tournament honoree (38 kills and 24 digs) Led the team with 17 kills and 17 digs in the Kentucky match (9/14) Named Dartmouth Duels All-Tournament with 33 kills, 28 digs Established her 1500th career kill during the Indiana match (9/25) Added her fifth double-double of the season when she had a match-high 15 kills and 14 digs in Purdue win (9/29) Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (9/30) when she had 22 digs and 10 blocks in opening week of Big Ten play Added a double-double when she led Minnesota in kills (18) and digs (22) in match against Penn State (10/9), both season highs Had a match-best 12 digs, and added four blocks, six kills and two assists in OSU win (10/12) Produced a double-double 18 kills and 16 digs against Wisconsin (10/23) Named the Big Ten's Player of the Week after a 17 kill, 29 dig performance against Northwestern (10/27). Her 29 digs were the most by a Golden Gopher since 2011 Added a double-double against Purdue when she had 16 kills and 18 digs Led the team with 19 kills and 46 attempts against Nebraska (11/10) Added back-to-back double-doubles against Ohio State (13 kills, 15 digs) and Penn State (13-12), which were team highs in both kills and digs Named Big Ten Player of the Week after she established a team-best 33 kills, 29 digs against Michigan/Michigan State and hit .386 on the weekend Posted 20 digs against Wisconsin (11/27) produced a match-best 17 kills in 43 attempts and had 12 digs against Stanford to earn NCAA All-Tournament honors.
2012 JUNIOR SEASON: All-America honorable mention, All-Big Ten honorable mention team captain named a Preseason All-Big Ten celebrated her 1000th career kill against James Madison (8/25) while also contributing 17 digs started the season with a .611 hitting percentage with 12 kills, and rendering three assists and 13 digs against Appalachian State (8/25) named the Diet Coke Classic's Most Valuable Player had 33 kills and a team-high 30 digs en route to a tournament championship recorded a double double in the Miami (OH) win (9/1) registered a double double (13 kills, 16 digs) against Texas (9/6) had 12 kills in 21 attempts over Dayton (9/14) contributed three block assists in the match against Kansas State (9/14) had 10 kills against Tulsa (9/15) had eight kills and two assists in the win over Illinois (9/21) added a season-high 15 kills and one ace over Northwestern (9/23) recorded four kills, two assists, and seven digs against Ohio State (9/28) had one service ace against Penn State (9/29) had a double double when she accomplished 14 kills and led the team with 19 digs in win over Michigan (10/3) recorded her second-straight double double when she had 14 kills and a match-high 16 digs in the win over Michigan State (10/6) also earned a season-high of three aces against the Spartans, including two in the fifth set led the team with a season-high 16 kills and 17 digs in the win over the Hawkeyes (10/12) had 14 kills, two aces and 10 digs against Nebraska (10/14) recorded eight kills, two block assists, and had 10 digs in the sweep over the Badgers (10/17) earned a double double over Purdue (10/20) with 11 kills and 11 digs reached a match-high .643 hitting clip with nine kills on 14 attempts and three aces and 11 digs against Northwestern (10/26) produced eight kills and led the team with 13 digs in the sweep over Illinois (10/28) had a double double when she led the team with 12 kills and had 11 digs against Penn State (11/2) had nine kills and led the team with a season-high of 21 digs in the win over Ohio State (11/4) had 14 kills and a block solo against Nebraska (11/16) had seven kills, one ace and five digs over the Hawkeyes (11/17) had nine kills and nine digs against Wisconsin (11/21) contributed seven kills, one assist and four digs in the sweep over the Hoosiers (11/24) recorded a double double in the NCAA First Round Liberty win with 11 kills and 10 digs (11/30) held a match-high 17 kills and led the team with 12 digs in the Creighton win (12/1) established a double double with 14 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Regional win over Purdue (12/7) produced seven kills and eight digs in the Regional Final match against Penn State (12/8) despite missing part of the game due to an injury.
2011 JUNIOR SEASON: Unanimous All-Big Ten selection two-time Big Ten Player of the Week Academic All-Big Ten and team MVP ranked second in the conference in kills and points led the team in kills (556), kps (4.48), points (607) ranked third on the team in digs (335) and total blocks (59) Three-time All-Tournament selection, including two tournament MVP honors recorded 18 double doubles this season, matching her freshman year mark played in five sets and had two kill assists and one block while registering a double double with 18 kills and 16 digs against USC (8/26) recorded 27 kills and five service aces, both then career highs, also added two kill assists, seven digs and three blocks against Oregon (8/27) had a .417 hitting percentage en route to being named All AVCA Tournament Team registered her second double double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs, also added a block against Texas (9/2) played in all three sets against Texas (9/3) where she registered 16 digs and hit .484, three digs and one block set a then-career high with 28 kills with a .415 hitting percentage against Kansas (9/10) also completed her double double with 13 digs while adding three blocks in five sets, had 24 kills, seven digs, four blocks (one solo) and two kill assists against UNI (9/10) named Clarion Inn-vitational MVP in three sets, had 20 kills for a .576 hitting percentage, five digs, and five blocks (two solo) against Middle Tennessee (9/17) registered a double double with 25 kills and 13 digs against Marquette (9/18) also had three assists, three blocks (one solo) and an ace against Marquette (9/18) named to Marquette All-Tournament Team as well as tournament MVP for second consecutive week recorded her fifth double double of the season with 18 kills and 16 digs against Illinois (9/23) recorded her sixth double double with 20 kills and 14 digs against Northwestern (9/25) also had three kill assists and a block recorded a team-high 18 kills against Ohio State (9/30) against Michigan (10/7), recorded her seventh double double on the season with 20 kills and 14 digs recorded 15 kills, nine digs, two blocks, one kill assist and a service ace in a three game sweep over Michigan State (10/8) recorded her eighth double double against Iowa (10/14) with 10 kills and 12 digs, five blocks, two service aces and a kill assist played in five sets against Nebraska (10/15) recording her ninth double double with 22 kills and 12 digs, two blocks, along with a assist and an ace had a monster of a game against Wisconsin (10/19) registering her 10th double double of the season with 21 kills and 23 digs and two blocks racked up another double double against Purdue (10/22) with 15 kills and 12 digs increased her season double double total to twelve with 14 kills and 10 digs against Northwestern (10/28) against then No. 3 Illinois (10/29), had 10 kills, 7 digs, one block and one service ace in three sets in five sets against Penn State (11/4) recorded a career-high 31 kills, 19 digs for another double double, one kill assist and one service ace registered her 14th double double against Ohio State (11/5) with 21 kills (match-high) and 12 digs, three kill assists, two blocks and two aces recorded her 15th double double with 11 kills, digs and a kill assist against Michigan State (11/9) recorded her fifth straight game with a double double with 15 kills and 13 digs increasing her season total to sixteen, also had two blocks (one solo) and one service ace against Nebraska (11/16) racked up another double double with 15 kills and 11 digs, two blocks and a service ace against Iowa (11/19) registered 14 kills, eight digs and two blocks against Wisconsin (11/23) finished the regular season with 11 kills, five digs, two blocks, two kill assists and a service ace in a win against Indiana (11/25) had 12 kills in the NCAA first round win against North Dakota State (12/2) had 23 kills in the second round Washington comeback win after having just five kills in the first two sets, went on to have 17 in the remainder of the Washington match, including six in the fifth set.had 15 kills and four digs aginst Iowa State (12/9) in the Regional Semifinal.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Became the fourth gopher to be named to the All-Freshmen team in since 2007 was the only freshman in the nation to average over 3.00 kps and 3.00 dps was one of only two athletes to play in all 129 sets on the season finished with 442 kills and 400 digs to become the first freshman in school history to have 400 or more kills and digs in a season led the team in kills and averaged 3.43 kps while finishing second on the team in digs and averaging 3.10 dps ended third on the team in service aces with 16 on the season had an overall hitting percentage of .229 (442-172-1177) led the team in solo blocks with 30 and averaged 0.66 blps among the Big Ten, she ranked tenth in kills with 3.43 kps and tenth in points with a 4.00 average claimed the first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Aug. 30 earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week as well as Co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Sept. 13 on Sept. 28, took home Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the third time in five weeks of the season with the honor, she already has claimed the second-highest total of Freshman of the Week honors of any player since the award started in 2009 hit an impressive .588 (11-1-17) in her Golden Gopher debut against Denver on Aug. 27 at the Golden Gopher Invite also had one service ace and 12 digs against Denver was second on the team in kills with 12 against Stony Brook on Aug. 28 and led the team in bocks with five tallied 15 kills in 22 swings with only one error (.636) against Marquette had 10 kills and 19 digs against Baylor on Sept. 3 collected a season-high 55 clean service receptions against No. 22 Northern Iowa on Sept. 4 also accounted for 21 digs and 13 kills in that match on Sept. 4 hit 16 kills in 36 swings and collected one service ace against No. 20 Dayton was named to the All-Tournament team at the Duke Invitational, hitting a .355 average in three sets on the weekend had nine kills, one service ace, 11 digs, and three block assists against NC Central on Sept. 10 to open the Duke Invitational Tournament led the offense against Delaware on Sept. 11 with 20 kills and a .386 hitting percentage, only committing three errors in 44 swings also had 18 digs and three blocks in that match had 12 kills, 11 digs and a solo block against Duke on Sept. 11 to help the Gophers win the tournament title was named to the All-Tournament team at the USD/San Diego State Tournament hit seven kills with eight digs and three blocks, two of those being solo, against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 17 to start off the tournament in San Diego led the team with 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage (10-2-17) in the win against San Diego State on Sept. 18 added 15 kills and one service ace to the Gopher offense in the five-set loss to No. 23 University of San Diego also had 15 digs and four blocks in the match hit .529 (10-1-17) against Michigan State on Sept. 24 also had one service ace, five digs, and three total blocks in the conference opener collected 16 kills in 37 attempts with only one error, one assist, 17 digs, and two blocks against No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 25 led the offense against Purdue on Oct. 1 by collecting 16 kills, while tallying a career-high seven total blocks (six solo, one assisted) and 15 digs on the match hit .381 (10-2-21) against Indiana on Oct. 3 ended the night with ten kills, one assist, six total blocks and eight digs had a match-high 15 kills against Iowa on Oct. 6, while adding 13 digs to the Gopher defense tallied 14 kills, three service aces, 11 digs, and one solo block against No. 24 Northwestern on Oct. 10 Oct. 15 against No. 9 Penn State, added 11 kills while collecting five digs and one solo block had seven kills, 12 digs and two solo blocks against Ohio State on Oct. 16 had 12 kills, one service ace, and 12 digs against No. 6 Illinois on Oct. 22 led the team with 14 kills against Wisconsin on Oct. 24 also had 13 digs, two assists, and two blocks on the match had 10 kills and two service aces for the Gopher offense on Oct. 27 against Iowa, while also adding five digs and a block to the defense collected eight kills, 17 digs and three blocks against No. 24 Northwestern on Oct. 29 had eight kills, four assists, eight digs, and three total blocks-two solo, one assisted-against Indiana on Nov. 5 led the team with 17 kills in the four-set victory over Purdue on Nov. 6 while also collecting one assist, 10 digs, and four blocks had three kills, two service aces, 28 receptions, 10 digs, and two blocks in the match against No. 16 Michigan on Nov. 12 collected a match-high and a career-high total of 21 kills, and hit for an average of .288 (21-6-52) against Michigan State on Nov. 13 tallied 11 digs and set a personal best with eight blocks on the night hit for 10 kills and had one assist, one service ace, seven digs and three total blocks against the Badgers on Nov. 19 tied for a match-high of 18 kills against No. Illinois on Nov. 20 also had 12 digs, one service ace, and one block in the five-set victory tallied nine kills, one assist, one service ace, 10 digs and two solo blocks against Ohio State on Nov. 26 in the five-set victory over Penn State on Nov. 27 she collected 16 kills with only five errors, one assist, 21 digs, and two total blocks tallied 14 kills, two assists, and 16 digs against NDSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 3 led the team with 19 kills in the three-set win against Creighton on Dec. 4 to help the Gophers advance to the Regional Tournament in Seattle, Wash also had nine digs, one assist, and one block on the match had 14 kills and 10 digs for the match against Cal on Dec. 10 to collect her 18th double-double of the season.
Two-time Amateur Athletic Union Girls' Junior National Champion, and led her Northern Lights club team to the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Championships Open Division national semifinals in three straight years, including a finals appearance in 2009 the 2008 PrepVolleyball.com National Junior of the Year, Wittman served as captain of the gold-medal-winning 2008 U.S. Girls' Youth National Team at the NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship was a member of the USA Select Red Team that won the gold medal at the 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in the International Junior Division.
Led Shakopee High School to a 32-0 record and their third consecutive Class 3A state championship this past season she is a two-time Gatorade Minnesota Volleyball Player of the Year, collected 569 kills, 294 digs, 50 blocks and 26 service aces this season while posting a kill percentage of .662 in the Class 3A State final, she had 34 kills and 19 digs in a three-set sweep over Wayzata High School she is also a two-time Minneapolis Star Tribune Player of the Year and a three-time First Team All-State selection tabbed as the No. 8 player in the nation coming out of high school by prepvolleyball.com joined Joe Mauer (2000-01) and Chris Walsh (1991-92) as one of only three Minnesota athletes to be named Gatorade National High School player of the year in their respective sport
Born on May 13, 1992 major is sports management daughter of Kristen Houle and Paul Wittman has served as an instructor as a youth volleyball camp, clinic and summer league volunteer also has donated her time to the America Reads literacy-outreach program, the Special Olympics.
Gophers Return Home This Weekend
Minnesota Volleyball hosts Rutgers and No. 10 Penn State, Friday and Saturday, at the Sports Pavilion.
No. 3 Minnesota Falls to No.1 Nebraska
The Gophers won the first set 26-24, fell in the second and third 25-18, 26-24, tied the match in the fourth 25-22, but fell 15-8 in the fifth.
Gophers Rally to Win, 3-2, Over Iowa
Trailing 2-1, the No. 3 University of Minnesota volleyball team came from behind to defeat Iowa, tonight in Iowa City, Iowa.