Gopher Spotlight: The 2012 Senior Class

Nov. 19, 2012

Q: What is your favorite/ best Minnesota volleyball memory over your collegiate career?
Katherine Harms: My favorite memory was our come back win versus Penn State my sophomore year. Being able to battle back and get such a great win against such a great team like PSU was amazing. So much fun playing at home, winning in five with the score going past 15.
Brianna Haugen: My favorite memory is beating Florida State to go to the Final Four my freshman year. It was a great game and I remember the feeling when we won, a mixture of being excited and having no idea what was going on as a freshman. It was an awesome moment, knowing that what everyone had worked for all along was actually happening.
Dana Knudsen: For me, I think the best memories are still to come. I just love playing at all the Big Ten schools. It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life and it has been such a wonderful experience. I got chills when I first stepped on the court in front of the home crowd!
Mia Tabberson: My favorite memory as a Gopher was playing Penn State my sophomore year. We were down two sets but came back and won a thrilling match in five. The fifth set was absolutely incredible! The gym was shaking it was so loud. My teammates jumped and cheered every point, and when it was all over, the whole team rushed the court in celebration! It was a moment I will never forget.

Q: How has being a part of Minnesota volleyball impacted your life, on and off the court?
KH: Minnesota volleyball has impacted my life greatly because it has taught me so many lessons over the course of four years. It has taught me responsibility, how to deal with adversity and push past things when I think they got too tough, both on and off the court. Off the court I feel like it has made me a better person and on the court I have been able to excel and improve in my volleyball game.
BH: Being a part of this program over the years has honestly taught me so much. I have learned more about myself and my tendencies. Being on this team has changed how I view life and view what is important. I have met and made friends with people I would never had the chance to. In fact I can’t think of a way that volleyball hasn’t impacted my life.
DK: A lot of the impact for me has been in handling change. It has taught me more about myself than I could have ever guessed. Moving so far away from home and having to learn a new system with new teammates has really helped me become a stronger and more versatile person and player.
MT: Playing volleyball at the University of Minnesota has been a life changing experience for me. Here I have met wonderful people, I have had the opportunity to play for three talented head coaches and I have been given the opportunity to represent the state of Minnesota. I am so thankful for everyone here who has had a positive impact on my college career.

Q: What advice would you give future freshman Gopher volleyball players?
KH: Don’t waste any time. Take every moment, treasure it and make the most of it because it goes by faster than anyone could ever explain. In four years you don’t want to look back and realize you wasted some of your opportunities to be the best you could be.
BH: I would say that these four years are such a short time of your life and be thankful for every bit of it. No matter how things are going on the court, whether you’re an All American or redshirt, it’s so important to remember that even getting this opportunity in the first place is a blessing. I would also urge you to give your all and to buy into what’s going on here. Lastly I would say really get to know your teammates, enjoy them, and enjoy college!
DK: Don’t let other people tell you what you can and can’t do. You are quite capable of determining that for yourself so dream big. You can find a way or make one.
MT: Love every second spent with your teammates on and off the court. The relationships you form and the memories you make are as important as the matches you win. Enjoy all of the road trips, the inside jokes, and the locker room shenanigans. These moments are what make each season special.

Q: What are your plans after the season or after you graduate?
KH: My plans for after graduation are to go play. I am not sure where, but I want to continue playing volleyball for at least a few more years and get a chance to see the world before I figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life!
BH: After the season I am planning on going to Argentina to Buenos Aires for the spring semester. I have wanted to study abroad since I got to college and my sister has always talked about how amazing it was being in Spain her junior year. I finally get the opportunity to go somewhere and since I am a Spanish minor I want to go someplace I can use that.  
DK: I’m going to take some time to travel, and hopefully play pro volleyball in Europe.
MT: After I graduate, I plan on attending graduate school. I want to fully use my undergraduate psychology degree by completing my master’s or doctorate degree, focusing on family counseling.

Q: Summarize your experience with Gopher volleyball in one word.
KH: Growth
BH: Courage
DK: Surreal
MT: Unforgettable




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