June 4, 2013
The University of Minnesota volleyball program has announced its 2013 schedule, which highlights 13 home events at the Sports Pavilion. Television and remaining start times will be announced at a later date.
Minnesota will face eight opponents who competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including two in non-conference action and six within league play.
Head coach Hugh McCutcheon and the Golden Gopher squad opens the season at Alabama at Birmingham and faces host UAB, Jacksonville State, Georgia State and Samford, Aug. 30-31, in the UAB/Samford Challenge. Minnesota begins the home season, Sept. 6-7 as it hosts the Diet Coke Classic and welcomes Duke, Western Illinois and Ball State to the Sports Pavilion. Following matches against Louisville and Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 13-14, Minnesota closes out the non-conference tournament season at the Dartmouth Tournament, Sept. 20-21, as it faces Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and host Dartmouth.
The Golden Gophers are set to open the Big Ten Conference home schedule against Indiana and Purdue, Sept. 25 and Sept. 29. Minnesota will then have back-to-back road weekends against Nebraska and Iowa on Oct. 4-5, while the Gophers play at Penn State, Oct. 9 and at Ohio State, Oct. 12. Minnesota returns home Oct. 18-19 against Michigan State and Michigan. The Gophers will play a Wednesday game at Wisconsin on Oct. 23, while hosting Northwestern, Oct. 27.
Minnesota will host five matches in the second half of the season as Iowa and Nebraska come to town, Nov. 8 and 10. The Golden Gophers battle Ohio State and Penn State Nov. 15-16 at the Sports Pavilion before it closes out the regular season at home against Wisconsin on Nov. 27.
Gophers Set to Host NCAA Tourney
Minnesota secured the overall No. 2 seed and will begin NCAA competition, Dec. 2, when it hosts the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Gophers Receive B1G Laurels
Sarah Wilhite has been named the Big Ten Player of the Year, and Samantha Seliger-Swenson has been named the Big Ten Setter of the Year.
Wilhite Garners B1G and National Weekly Awards
For the fourth and final time this year, senior outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (Eden Prairie, Minn) has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, announced today by the conference office.