Minnesota Head Coach Mike Hebert's Quotes on the European Tour On how the team bonded during the trip
"The tour was beyond everyone's expectations from a volleyball perspective. We learned to play as unit on this trip, and we really played well."
On the team's excellent blocking throughout the European Tour:
"Our blocking (4.07 blpg as a team) was simply amazing. We outblocked our opponents in every match we played on this tour."
On team chemistry as a result of the trip:
"Our players drew closer together as a team. Coming out of this trip our team chemstry is a strong as ever."
On the play of libero Malama Peniata throughout the tour
"If I had to name a tour MVP it would be a Malama Peniata. She was very impressive throughout the tour in her first extended stint as our libero."
On overall team play on the tour
"Everyone played well on the tour. I saw improvement at every position throughout the course of the tour.
On his overall impression of his team after the European Tour
"The tour was an eye-opening experience for our players. They faced different European styles of play, learned to live without air-conditioned hotels, ate unfamiliar foods, felt the sting of not being able to speak the local language and were forced to deal with the impact of jetlag on athletic performance. They have a new perspective on what it means to "play on the road"."
During the course of the European Tour Minnesota compiled unoffical statistics from their matches. Here are some of the miscellaneous stats from the six matches that the Golden Gophers played in Europe.
Match Results From European Tour (4-2)
June 14 - at Olymp Praha (Prague, Czech Republic), L, 2-3 (20-25, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17, 14-16)
June 15 - at Slavia Praha (Prague, Czech Republic), W, 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17)
June 16 - at OK Brno (Brno, Czech Republic), L, 1-3 (24-26, 25-20, 19-25, 16-25), teams agree to play fifth game that Minnesota won 25-17
June 19 - vs. Croatian Junior National Team (Maribor, Slovenia), W, 3-2 (28-26, 33-31, 25-27, 22-25, 16-14
June 20 - vs. Croatian Junior National Team (Maribor, Slovenia), W, 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-10), teams agreed to play final two games, Minnesota won game four 25-22, the Croatian Junior National Team won the fifth game 25-19.
June 21 - at Slovenian National Team (Maribor, Slovenia), W, 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23)
Miscellaneous Statistics from the Trip
Team Stats for Europe Trip
• Digs per game –14.88 dpg
• Blocks per game – 4.07 blpg
• Outblocked opponents 106 to 52, and outblocked opponents in every match
• Malama Peniata had 124 serves, nine service aces and zero service errors for the trip
• Hitting Percentage - .240 for the trip<
Kelly Bowman - .350
Jessy Jones - .300
Kyla Roehrig – .230
Meredith Nelson - .220
Katie Vatterrodt - .180
Meghan Cumpston - .170
Kelly Schmidt - .007
Meghan Cumpston – 63
Jessy Jones – 62
Kelly Bowman – 61
Katie Vatterrodt – 55
Kyla Roehrig – 40
Rachel Hartmann – 19
Kelly Schmidt – 17
Meredith Nelson – 15
Jessy Jones - 98
Kelly Bowman - 80
Meghan Cumpston – 77
Katie Vatterrodt – 61
Kyla Roehrig – 54
Rachel Hartmann – 35
Meredith Nelson – 25
Kelly Schmidt - 24