Minnesota volleyball was well represented as six former Gophers competed internationally this winter. Take a look at this update as the international pro season is winding down.
Daly Santana completed her second season playing internationally. With her French team, ASPTT Mulhouse, Santana led her team to a French championship when they defeated Le Cannet in five sets. She was also named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. It was the team's first ever championship.
Hannah Tapp joined her professional team, Schweriner, in Germany. In her first pro season, Tapp helped her team to a German championship. It was the team's first championship in four years. Since winning the title, Tapp has returned to the United States and will train in Anaheim, Calif., with USA Volleyball.
Paige Tapp is also in her first year playing professionally. She was the first of three to sign from the 2016 graduating class back in December. She is currently still in the finals with her team, Juncos Valencianas, in Puerto Rico. She is set to begin a seven-match finals against Caguas this week.
Erica Handley signed to play professionally in January this year. She signed a pro contract in Poland with Bielsko-Biala. Her team completed its season on April 9, when her team defeated Budowlani Torun and placed seventh in the Polish league.
Lauren Gibbemeyer has been playing professionally since graduating in 2010. She completed her third year with Pomi Casalmaggiore. Gibbemeyer and her team advanced to the semifinals, but fell, 3-1, to end the season, April 28.
Jessy Jones graduated from Minnesota in 2007 and has played in Puerto Rico and Azerbaijan before she landed a spot in Turkey this past year. Jones and her team, Seramiksan, finished their season on April 10.
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