Molly Lohman is a 6-foot, 3-inch middle blocker for the Gophers. She was the first freshman to sign a National Letter of Intent, when she announced her committment in November 2013. Hailing from Mankato, Minn., Lohman played with Mankato West as well as Northern Lights before she joined the Gophers. Here's Molly's bio as well as a short question/answer session with the rookie middle blocker.
Member of the Northern Lights club team • AAU All-American as a part of the 17-1 team in 2013 where the team placed fifth • also a part of the Northern Lights 16 AAU National Championship team •ranked 38th in PrepVolleyball's list of top 100.
Competed at Mankato West High School • an all-state selection as a senior was also an all-conference selection as she helped Mankato West to a Big 9 conference title • had 115 blocks as a senior and ranked second in the state of Minnesota, while her 365 kills ranked ninth • finished her scholastic career with 853 kills, 51 assists, 94 aces, 250 blocks and 307 digs • has been on the A-honor roll every semester.
Born May 13, 1996 • graduated from Mankato West in 2014 • undecided on a major • daughter of Janine and Thomas Lohman • has two older siblings, Nicole and Charlie • sister, Nicole, swims at Gustavus.
GopherSports: What made you decide to come to Minnesota?
Molly Lohman: Obviously the coaches were a big draw as they have an amazing staff here. Minnesota also has some great academics. I kind of always wanted to come here, even before I had a chance to play volleyball. It's an in-state Division I school and it's close to family so it worked out.
GS: You've had a chance to get to know the Gopher coaches and staff better. What have you been able to learn from them so far?
ML: I've learned so far that you have to be open to change. When you're on this team, staying mentally tough is big in this game. Working hard is a must to compete at this level.
GS: As a freshman, how has the transition been for you now that you've had a couple practices with the team?
ML: It was tough at first and it's a lot different. It's faster and a lot more learning happening out on the court. You have to work hard and stay with it. Now that I've had a week of practice, it's getting better and adjusting. I'm getting the hang of things and just learning the game.
GS: Have you had a chance to get out and see campus much? What's your favorite place on campus?
ML: Since we've been in preseason, I haven't gotten to go around campus much, just the Pavilion and the apartment. When I went on orientation at Coffman, the student center is pretty nice. When I decided to come here, I never really saw as much of the campus. It's really pretty, has good scenery and it's close to the river. It's been great so far.
GS: Who are your roommates and what's a typical day in your apartment?
ML: My roommates are Alyssa (Goehner), Maddie (Beal) and Dalianliz (Rosado). Dalianliz just moved in so we're getting to know her. Before preseason, Alyssa didn't wake up until noon so Maddie and I would sit around, make breakfast and watch tv. Now in camp, Maddie and I are usually awake and we have to at times worry that Dalian and Alyssa aren't going to wake up for practice. We've had to wake up Alyssa a couple times since we have early morning yoga.
GS: You hail from Mankato. What's the best thing to do if people travel down Hwy 169?
ML: There are a lot of lakes around and I like to water ski. It's always fun to go out on the water. I've been downhill skiing in Mankato so both of those are good options. The mall is always good for shopping.
GS: You've played with some of the team already, but how have you been able to get to know some of the other members of the team?
ML: Before preseason, we actually did a lot of stuff together as a team. We went out to Adri's house and swam, and a few other group activities. I got to know the team pretty well before we entered camp. That really helped a lot by getting more comfortable to be able to talk to others on the team. It was nice to know everyone before coming into the first practice and helped the transition.
Santana Looking to Fufill Olympic Dream
Daly Santana and Team Puerto Rico look to qualify for the last team spot at the 2016 Summer Olympics this weekend.
Senior Spotlight: Daly Santana
One of two seniors on the 2015 season, Daly Santana is set to graduate this spring with a youth studies degree.
Senior Spotlight: Toni Alugbue
Toni Alugbue joined the Gopher Volleyball program as a transfer student-athlete in 2015 and this week is receiving her master's degree.