Golden Nugz says Congratulations - 12.14.09

via www.gophersports.com - Regional Most Ousttanding Player, Tabitha Love celebrates with her teammates as the Gophers clinched a trip to the Final Four.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Gopher Volleyball team for upsetting Florida State and earning a trip to the Final Four. 

This is Minnesota's third Final Four and first since 2004.  They will face the #2 overall seed, Texas Longhorns next weekend. Texas is 28-1 losing a 5-set match to Iowa State in the middle of their conference season.

Congratulations are also in order for freshman Tabitha Love who was named the Regional's Most Outstanding Player.  Love is a freshman who saw her role and playing time increase as the season went along.  Head Coach, Mike Hebert had this to say about his freshman who had a dominating regional championship.

"She has been gradually improving all season long. When I say gradually, I mean very gradually. It's not just getting the kills, it's the body language. She's losing that tentativeness that she had early on and now if the ball is airborne she is going to take a swing at it. When you get to that level of readiness, you become a player. I think in the last two weekends, she has shown that she wants to play and is going to become a player."

Congrats to these women who had overcome some challenges this season and good luck next weekend in Tampa.

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