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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    There are forced errors & unforced errors. I suspect lots of SC's errors were forced by the pressure MN put on them. It seemed to me SA served well enough, but MN, especially Barnes, returned them. In the end, it seemed SC was more than happy to get out of town with one win.
    They ended up taking out one of their big servers due to her not being able to get the ball in play. I think their inability to serve and return serves was the biggest key to the gophers win


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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    They ended up taking out one of their big servers due to her not being able to get the ball in play. I think their inability to serve and return serves was the biggest key to the gophers win
    Oh, and hitting nearly .400 helped!

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    Would the Saturday game be 5pm if the Gophers win on Friday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Would the Saturday game be 5pm if the Gophers win on Friday?
    My ticket says specifically 5 pm Saturday. But don't put anything past the NCAA under pressure from TV money grubbers, who evidently own the show. Or does the NCAA own the TV show?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    My ticket says specifically 5 pm Saturday. But don't put anything past the NCAA under pressure from TV money grubbers, who evidently own the show. Or does the NCAA own the TV show?
    ESPN has tv rights to the regional volleyball championships. NCAA sets game times in conjunction with host institution. But NCAA has sole discretion to change game times to accommodate broadcast windows of ESPN!
    The game is on the ESPNU schedule for Saturday at five, I’d guess it would stay there.
    All 4 finals are on the schedule back to back.
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    Release from the University of Minnesota: Minnesota Lands Six on All-Region Team

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    Release from the University of Minnesota: Minnesota Lands Six on All-Region Team

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    Minnesota Lands Six on All-Region Team

    The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that six University of Minnesota volleyball student-athletes garnered All-North Region honors today. Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Adanna Rollins and Hugh McCutcheon were also awarded the North Region's Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year. Along with Seliger-Swenson and Rollins, Alexis Hart, Taylor Morgan, Regan Pittman and Stephanie Samedy were also named All-Region. That number ties the nation's best, along with Stanford.

    It marks the fourth time Seliger-Swenson has been an AVCA All-Region selection. The Big Ten Player of the Year has guided the No. 2 seeded Gophers throughout the season. As the team is hitting .300 on the season, Seliger-Swenson has distributed the ball to five hitters to over 240 kills and over 480 attempts. Individually, Seliger-Swenson has 1,203 assists this season (averaging 11.68 per set) and has 253 digs, a team-best 37 aces and 41 blocks.

    In her first year with the Gophers, Rollins averages 2.55 kills per set, is hitting .252 and has posted 263 kills entering the NCAA Regional Semifinal. A six-rotation outside, Rollins also has 274 digs, which ranks third on the team. The Second Team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree has also added 14 aces and 43 blocks this season. It also marks the fourth-straight year a Gopher has landed a North Region Freshman of the Year, as Seliger-Swenson (2015), Hart (2016), Samedy (2017) also received the honor.

    At the helm of the program is McCutcheon, who guided his team to a 19-1 record in the Big Ten and enters the NCAA Regional Semifinal with a 27-3 overall record. The Big Ten Coach of the Year is in his seventh season and has garnered regional coaching honors three times, with the first two coming in 2013 and 2015. He went on to win the AVCA National Coach of the Year award in 2015.

    It marked the third time Hart landed a spot on the All-Region team. She ranks second on the team with 276 kills and averages 2.94 kills per set, while hitting .250. The 2018 season marks the second straight recognition for Samedy. She leads the team with 342 kills, averages 3.45 kills per set, is second on the team in digs with 295, and has recorded 80 blocks and 21 aces. It also marks Morgan and Pittman's first All-Region selections. Pittman is hitting .407 on the season and averages 1.16 blocks per set (118 total blocks). Morgan is hitting .381 and has 242 kills, while averaging 1.09 blocks per set.

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    Playing the hated rivals of my undergrad alma mater. The cheating U of Nikegon. Uncle Phil has not been able to buy a championship other than in track. Please crush them ladies!
    http://www.espn.com/college-sports/s...-put-probation

    As we like to say “FTD.”
    The Ducks. Take a guess what the F stands for.

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    Feed the Ducks. You are so nice to animals!

    Quote Originally Posted by beavergopher View Post
    Playing the hated rivals of my undergrad alma mater. The cheating U of Nikegon. Uncle Phil has not been able to buy a championship other than in track. Please crush them ladies!
    http://www.espn.com/college-sports/s...-put-probation

    As we like to say “FTD.”
    The Ducks. Take a guess what the F stands for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beavergopher View Post
    Playing the hated rivals of my undergrad alma mater. The cheating U of Nikegon. Uncle Phil has not been able to buy a championship other than in track. Please crush them ladies!
    http://www.espn.com/college-sports/s...-put-probation

    As we like to say “FTD.”
    The Ducks. Take a guess what the F stands for.
    Not at all surprising. I think most folks around the country have long suspected Oregon of operating outside the bounds of NCAA rules and I'm guessing there's plenty of really dirty stuff going on with them if you pull back the curtain further. Whenever you gleefully become engaged with a guy like Phil Knight and a company like Nike, adherence to ethics and rules becomes negotiable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared.Hines View Post
    Feed the Ducks. You are so nice to animals!
    Feeding ducks is bad. Keeps them around all winter and they die.

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    http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/art...ptical-coaches

    Pat Borzi-ESPNW's article on Taylor Morgan:

    They know each other so well that they finish each other's sentences. Minnesota associate athletic trainer Ronni Beatty-Kollasch met Taylor Morgan, the daughter of Gophers women's track coach Matt Bingle, when Taylor was a little girl, running around the Bierman Field Athletic Building or the crumbling maroon track behind it. They bonded when Morgan committed to Minnesota for volleyball.

    As Morgan endured four knee surgeries, she and Beatty-Kollasch often met at 6 a.m. in the basement training room of Maturi Pavilion, Minnesota's home court, for rehabilitation sessions. The room was cold, isolated, and so crowded that some athletes exercised in the hallway. Those early mornings featured heart-to-heart talks and fragile emotions, especially after the last surgery in January. The first three had been on Morgan's left knee. This time, she tore the meniscus in her right knee.

    "This fourth one was like, 'OK, the other one now?" Morgan said. "This was Old Faithful. Now you're going to mess up on me?

    "Mentally, I'm going through it. There were a lot of tears. A lot of me calling my mom. A lot of calling Ronni, coming down there, crying."

    Coach Hugh McCutcheon and the Minnesota medical staff met with Morgan and her parents shortly after the surgery, wondering whether Morgan, a reserve middle blocker, should continue. Morgan was adamant. She wanted to be a Gophers volleyball star more than anything, and felt she couldn't face her two little sisters (they're 12 and 14 years old) if she quit before it happened.

    "Taylor didn't hesitate," Beatty-Kollasch recalled. "She didn't even look at her parents. She might have glanced my way a bit, and then said, 'We're going to do this.' OK, here we go.

    "The rehab process is really complicated. There are a lot of emotions involved with it, and this is her fourth time. We had a lot of talks about this. 'Do you want to play?' She never wavered. She said, 'I don't care if I never get a spot. I want to try.' "

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    Curious to see the crowd @ The Pav today. 3:30 is a weird time. Hoping it starts closer to 4, make sure everyone who plans to attend is there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Curious to see the crowd @ The Pav today. 3:30 is a weird time. Hoping it starts closer to 4, make sure everyone who plans to attend is there!
    IMHO it will be 5,000+. The only tickets that are left are a few obstructed and what ever the other three schools turned back in. I doubt Nebraska turned any in. I will be there at 1. Looking forward to watching some great volleyball this week-end.

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    For those wondering about the start times .... there shouldn't be any doubt, it's for TV. If you scroll down on the following link, you can see the full schedule of all the regional semi-finals and finals, and they all line up for a national TV viewing schedule: https://www.ncaa.com/news/volleyball...cores-schedule

    That's why we have 330pm today, and Hugh willing 5pm tomorrow.

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