Gophers Add Three to 2014 Roster
April 16, 2014
University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon has announced that Maddie Beal, Alyssa Goehner and Dalianliz Rosado will join the Golden Gopher volleyball program in the fall of 2014.
"We're extremely excited to add these three talented student-athletes to the University of Minnesota volleyball program," McCutcheon said. "They add significant strength and depth to our 2014 recruiting class."
Beal, a 6-foot middle/right side hitter, is from Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cheyenne Mountain High School. An AVCA All-America honorable mention, Beal was also an all-state selection her senior season. In her final year with Cheyenne, Beal produced a team-high 292 kills, had 92 blocks and hit .344 in 92 sets played. During her high school career, Beal tallied 816 kills in three years of varsity play. Beal was also a key member of Cheyenne's back-to-back state championship seasons in 2011 and 2012. A two-time all-conference selection, Beal was also named to the all-state 4A team in 2013. Beal also played on the USA Volleyball High Performance Continental team and was a part of the A1 team in 2012. Also a standout lacrosse player, Beal has earned six letters. The daughter of Nonie and Doug Beal, Maddie is the third in her family to play collegiate volleyball. Her dad, Doug, played at Ohio State. He also coached the Buckeyes from 1972-74, later coached the U.S. Men's National Team from 1977 to 1984, winning the gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He also coached the USA Men from 1997-2004 and is current CEO of USA Volleyball. Her older brother, Mitch, also plays volleyball at OSU.
"I chose Minnesota because it was always my dream to play in the Big Ten and when I was presented with such a great opportunity I could not pass it up," Beal said. "When I went on my visit I loved the team, coaches and the atmosphere of the U and everything about it. Along with the great volleyball program I chose the U for the great academics, which will be a good fit for me to continue my education. It has been a dream of mine to play college volleyball and playing for Minnesota makes my dream a reality."
Goehner, a 5-11 outside hitter, is from Lakeville, Minn., and Lakeville North High School. Playing with Northern Lights club team, Goehner has made a name for herself on the national level. Recognized as the 2011 and 2012 PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, Goehner was also a 2013 AVCA Under Armour First Team All-American. Receiving 2012 and 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year runner-up honors, Goehner was an All-American five straight years at open levels (14s, 15s, 16s, 17s and 18s). She was also selected to the 2013 A1 Junior Training Team, which competed in Europe and was a part of the 2013 Global National Challenge All-Tournament Team, just one of four high school players to compete. Finishing out her high school career with the LNHS Panthers, Goehner produced over 3,000 kills and helped them to state championships in 2010 and 2012 and runner-up in 2011. Individually, Goehner was named the 2012 and 2013 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year, the 2012 and 2013 Pioneer Press Player of the Year, Goehner was also a four-time first-team all-state selection. Awarded the 2013 Ms. Baden/Ms. Minnesota Volleyball Award, she also holds the state high school single season kill record with 716 kills in 2011. A three-time all-metro player, Goehner was also a four-time first-team all-conference selection. She is the daughter of Janis and Marty Goehner. Her mother, Janis, also played collegiate volleyball at St. Cloud State.
"I chose Minnesota because it offers an amazing education," Goehner said. "I also get the opportunity to play with my best friends again, be coached by an incredible staff, and most importantly I get to play in front of my family for another four years. It's home."
Rosado, a 5-foot, 9-inch libero hails from Carmen Sol High School, the Puerto Rican Youth National Team and Club Morovis. With the Puerto Rico Youth National Team, she played in both the Pan American tournament in 2012 and the Peru International Cup in 2011 with current Gopher Daly Santana. With Club Morovis, Rosado was the captain and MVP of both the Copa Angel Matos and the Local Club Tournament 15 U championships. Rosado also helped Club Morovis to a second-place finish at Power League Tournament in April 2011 and won the Silver Jeep Cup 20-Under Tournament in June of 2012. The Jeep Cup proved to be a major accomplishment playing up from her age level. With Carmen Sol, she was the captain and MVP of six school tournaments in 2011 and 2012. As a member of the Junior National Team, Rosado played in Cuba and qualified for the World Cup. In 2013, Rosado competed with USA New York Volleyball Club. Robert Crispin, club director, provided invaluable assistance throughout the recruiting process. He showed great commitment to helping Rosado to achieve her dream of becoming a Gopher. Dalianliz is the daughter of Daliana Otero and Carlos Javier Rosado.
"I chose Minnesota because when I visited their camp, I was impressed by the staff and the players who were working there," Rosado said. "I dedicated myself to learn a little more about the institution and I liked to know the social commitment of the University. Minnesota is definitely a great institution with a privileged volleyball program, which has one of the best coaches in the world and a highly experienced staff. I wanted so much to be with Minnesota that I did not apply to other universities. I am very committed to their goals and hope to do my best. I'm ready to be a Gopher. I want to thank my father who has coached me since I was seven. He taught me to work hard and to never give up and made me the player I am today."
The three join Molly Lohman, who signed a Letter of Intent during the November signing period.