Jan. 22, 2013
Gopher volleyball has added two student-athletes to the 2013 spring roster and are set to play for the Golden Gophers in the fall campaign.
Signed recruit Tyler-Marie "Kalei" Mau (Kahaluu, Hawaii) graduated from Henry Kaiser High School in December and is set to begin college coursework this week. A 6-foot, 1-inch outside hitter, Mau played with the Asics Rainbows Volleyball Club. With her club team, she competed in multiple tournaments, including a second-place showing at the 2012 Las Vegas Classic, and a 22nd place of 140 finish at the 2012 AAU Tournament in Orlando. A SCVA Anaheim qualifier with Rainbows in 2011, she was in the same club team as former Gopher Lindsey Berg. Prior to her time with her club team, Mau was a standout with St. Francis High School when she helped lead her team to a state championship in 2011. A part of the all-state tournament team, Mau had 10 kills, five digs and hit .292 in the championship match. She was named a first-team ILH Division II in 2011, honorable mention in 2010 and athlete of the year in 2009.
The Gophers welcome South Dakota State transfer Sydney Howard (Cedar Falls, Iowa) to the roster. Howard, a 5-foot, 11-inch sophomore setter, redshirted and played one year with the Jackrabbits. The Cedar Falls, Iowa native played in 29 matches and 116 sets last year for SDSU. Along with 88 kills, Howard ranked second on the team in assists (484) and third in total blocks (91). Prior to her SDSU season, Howard was a team captain for Cedar Falls High School her junior and senior season. A first-team all-state selection, Howard was a unanimous first team all-conference and first team all-district selection. She finished her high school career ranked second in school history in career assists and digs and third all-time in blocks and aces.
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).