Minnesota Native Handley Joins Gophers
Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon

Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon

Jan. 6, 2014

University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon has announced that Erica Handley has been accepted to the university and will join the Gopher volleyball program next semester. Handley, a 6-foot, 1-inch setter from Lakeville, Minn., is transferring to the Gopher program after playing a season at Syracuse. 

"We're excited to have Erica return to her home state and join the Minnesota Volleyball program," McCutcheon said. "We welcome her into the Golden Gopher

In her freshman year with the Orange, Handley played in all 32 matches and 122 sets. As the primary setter, Handley had 1,073 assists, 73 kills and a team-best 29 aces. Named the ACC Freshman of the Week twice, Handley ranked 10th in the league with 8.80 assists per set. Prior to her tenure with Syracuse, Handley played volleyball with Lakeville North High School and Northern Lights club team. With Panthers, she helped LNHS to a 2012 state championship and was a member of the state's all-tournament team, her second honor. During her high school career, Handley was a three-time all-state selection, four-time all-conference honoree, a team captain, all while she produced 3,775 assists. The daughter of Chris and Lisa Handley, Erica graduated from Lakeville North in 2013 with high honors.

With Northern Lights, Handley was a member of the team that won the United States Junior National Championship and a third place finish at the AAU National Championship. Named a Prepvolleyball.com 2012 All-American 100 watch member, Handley was also listed in the top 150 seniors. 

"When trying to decide which school I wanted to transfer to, there were many things I was looking for in a program, and when I got the opportunity to become a Gopher I couldn't have been more excited," Handley said. "The level of volleyball along with the team's culture and goals for the future fit hand-in-hand with what I was looking for in a school. I also look forward to working with the amazing coaching staff."




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