Gophers Set for Another Road Test
Sept. 13, 2017

 #4 Minnesota (8-0) at Boise State Tournament
 TOURNAMENT PAGE Boise State Tournament Central
 MATCH 1 Minnesota vs. Oregon State  (Friday | 11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT)
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 MATCH 2  Minnesota at Boise State (Friday | 6:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. MT) 
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 MATCH 3 Minnesota vs. Idaho State (Saturday | 11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT)
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 LOCATION Bronco Gym | Boise, Idaho
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Weekly Notes

GOPHERS READY FOR ANOTHER ROAD TEST
The University of Minnesota is on the road for the second-straight week when it travels to Boise, Idaho and faces Oregon State, host Boise State and Idaho State, Sept. 15-16. The Golden Gophers play twice on Friday (Oregon State and Boise State) and once on Saturday morning.

FOLLOW THE GOPHERS
All of the Minnesota matches will be streamed live on Mountain West Network, free of charge. A game day live page will also be available through gophersports.com.


GOPHERS WIN TEXAS TOURNEY
Minnesota went into Austin, Texas, and earned three wins, including a 3-1 victory over then-No. 5 Texas. Minnesota also earned back-to-back 3-0 wins over Denver and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Stephanie Samedy was named the tournament's most valuable player for the second-straight week. During the three-match tournament, Samedy had 43 kills, hit .313, averaged 4.30 kills per set and had 10 blocks. Samantha Seliger-Swenson and Alexis Hart were also named to the all-tournament team. Hart had 31 kills, while Seliger-Swenson had 123 assists, four aces, 32 digs and seven blocks.

SAMEDY NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ESPNW has announced that University of Minnesota freshman opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy (Clermont, Fla.) was named their National Player of the Week after her stellar performance last weekend in Austin, Texas. For the second-straight week, Samedy was named the tournament MVP, this time coming during the University of Texas American Campus Classic, Sept. 7-8. Samedy, a six-rotation player, led her team with 43 kills, averaged 4.33 kills per set and hit .313 over the course of the three matches. She also tallied 10 blocks and 22 digs. Samedy led the Gophers in kills for all three matches, including a career-best 22 in the win over No. 5 Texas. In the Longhorn win alone, Samedy also had a career-best 52 attempts, hit .308, added nine digs and two blocks.

For full ESPNW announcement, click HERE

DID YOU KNOW?
Minnesota is one of 10 Division I teams (330 teams) to go undefeated through this season so far. Minnesota is also one of five within the Big Ten. Both Penn State and Wisconsin hold an undefeated 7-0 record, while Maryland and Indiana are also perfect at 9-0. Other teams with perfect records include Florida, Miami (Fla.), James Madison, Providence and Towson.

BLENDING TOGETHER
Although the Gophers graduated six seniors from the 2016 team, Minnesota has a balance of veteran and freshman players in 2017. Minnesota returns seniors Molly Lohman, Dalianliz Rosado and Alyssa Goehner as well as junior Samantha Seliger-Swenson, but also adds in freshmen for a balanced team. Stephanie Samedy, Regan Pittman, Jasmyn Martin and Lauren Barnes all see significant action within matches, while sophomore Alexis Hart has started in all matches this season.

PITTMAN IN RS-FRESHMAN YEAR
Regan Pittman red-shirted the 2016 season. In eight matches, Pittman has 61 kills and is hitting .367 and averages 1.23 blocks per set. Pittman was busy since her redshirt season. She also competed over the summer with USA Volleyball's Under-20 Junior National team in Mexico.

ABOUT OREGON STATE
Oregon State enters the Minnesota match with an 8-1 overall record and a two-match win streak. The Beavers defeated Campbell and New Orleans in their latest matches at home. Preseason All-Pac 12 and 2016 All-America honorable mention Mary-Kate Marshall leads the team with 141 kills (averging 4.86 per set), while red-shirt freshman Haylie Bennett has 75 kills (2.59 per set). Freshman Kylee McLaughlin averages 10.17 assists per set (295 total) and ds/libero Kayla Ellis leads the team with 98 digs as the team averages 14.45 per set.

ABOUT BOISE STATE
Boise State enters its tournament with a 6-3 record and went 2-1 in its last tournament. Coming off a Mountain West championship and NCAA appearance last year, the Broncos return five starters and libero to this year's squad. Sierra Nobly was named the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year for the second straight-year and averages 4.97 kills per set this season. She's followed by Sabryn Roberts with 100 kills (3.23 kps) and Janell Walley with 72. A a team, the Broncos are hitting .234, average 16.81 digs pet set and 2.47 blocks per set.

ABOUT IDAHO STATE
Idaho State has started the year off 3-7, dropping the last two out of three to ranked teams. The Bengals fell to No. 25 Colorado State and then-No. 16 Michigan, both in 3-0 fashion. Idaho State's wins came against South Dakota State, MTSU and Belmont. Chole Hirst has 134 kills, followed by Abby Garrity at 130. Ashlyn VanEvery and Makayla Lundin has 207 and 124 assists, while Haylie Keck has a team-best 130 digs. As a team, the Bengals are hitting .206, average 12.03 digs per set and 1.86 blocks per set.

THE LAST TIME
Minnesota last faced Oregon State in 2002 when the Gophers hosted the Nike Invitational, and won, 3-0. The Gophers are 2-0 all time against the Beavers. Minnesota has only faced Boise State one other time in school history, dating back to 1988 in a Gopher 3-0 win. The Gophers are 1-1 all time against Idaho State as Minnesota won its last contest in 2--4 (3-0 win. ).

GOPHERS ON TOP THE AVCA POLL
For the second-straight week, the American Volleyball Coaches Association has placed the University of Minnesota the top team in the latest AVCA poll. The last time the Gophers were ranked No. 1 was just last season in the 2016 weekly polls. Minnesota entered the 2016 NCAA tournament as the No. 1 ranked team and was also ranked No. 1 during the Oct. 3, 2016 poll. Prior to last year's No. 1 rankings, Minnesota was last ranked No. 1 in 2004.

Minnesota has been in the top five for 18 straight weeks dating back to the Sept. 5, 2016 poll. That is the longest current consecutive streak of appearing in the top five of any team in the nation. Stanford has been in the top five for five weeks in a row dating back to last year's final poll.








 

 

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