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The Minnesota Golden Gopher Volleyball team are having their home opener tonight as part of the 6-game Diet Coke Classic.

Daly Santana hits the ball hard past a block.
Daly Santana hits the ball hard past a block.
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Finally, it's time to see volleyball in person!

This Weekend!

The #28 Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-2) kick off their home season tonight at the Sports Pavilion in game #2 of the Diet Coke Classic. Joining Minnesota  in this tournament is the University of Central Florida 'Knights', North Dakota State University 'Bison' , & UC Irvine. Click on the links above to take a look at the tournament from those schools point of view.

Diet Coke Classic

Diet Coke Classic Schedule

I believe if you buy a ticket it is good for all of the games that day (if you don't leave the Pav).

If you do go to the games, keep in mind the nearby event 'Open Streets Minneapolis' which will be impacting traffic on Saturday (should be fine for Saturday 7 pm game).

The Season So Far

A Tough Start

This is week three for the Gophers, with the first two weeks being on the road. The first weekend the Gophers fought hard but were outmatched by two good teams in the Stanford Invite, going 0-2.

MN vs TAM - Gopher Volleyball 2015

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Minnesota's loss to Texas A&M to open the season was a hard one as they won sets 2 & 3. Read the Gophersports.com recap here.

MN vs Stanford Volleyball

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The Gopher's had a tough match in this game as Stanford was the #2 team in the country. Gophers lost in 3 straight sets but kept it close in the 2nd set losing 23-25. Read the Gophersports.com recap here.

A Bounce Back

After playing the big girls in the Stanford Invite and a quick break at the Minnesota State Fair, the Gophers traveled to Louisville Kentucky for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

MN vs Louisville Volleyball

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The Louisville Cardinals played the Gophers tough last year and did so again this year. Thankfully the Gophers had Daly Santana.

Daly's performance gave the Gopher's the victory (Gophersports.com recap here) and herself the Minnesota Athlete of the Week honors.

The Gophers were not finished as the next day they took on the #18 University of North Carolina.

MN vs UNC Volleyball

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Minnesota won big winning in straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-18). Many Gophers had great peformances including Hannah Tapp, Daly Santana, Alyssa Goehner, and Dalianliz Rosado. Read the full Gophersports.com recap here.

For their great play last weekend, two players were named to their first ever Big Ten weekly awards.

Rosado was named one of the Co-Big Ten Defensive Players of the Week, while Seliger-Swenson garnered both the setter and rookie of the week honors.

Current Rankings

The rankings below are from the coaches poll.

Opponents So Far

Texas A&M is now #25 while Stanford is now #3 and North Carolina is just ahead of the Gophers at #27.

This Weekends Opponents

Our opponents this weekend did not receive any votes in the Coaches poll. However, Colorado State, the Gopher Football opponent this weekend, is ranked #14 in Women's Volleyball.

The Big Ten

  • PSU - #1
  • Nebraska #5
  • Illinois - #7
  • Wisconsin - #11
  • Ohio State - #15
  • Purdue - #20
  • Michigan - #24
  • Minnesota - #28
  • Michigan State - #29

I guess you could say Volleyball is B1G.

Links

I'll be at the last game this Sunday and I hope to see you there (#PackThePav). Go Gophers! Ski-U-Mah!