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    If you were looking for reasons why Goehner was not quite herself this season....her instagram post today that she is pregnant and expecting in June probably had a bit to do with that...


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    I know very little about volleyball and even less about pregnancy; so I won't comment on too much here, except mainly to say I wish Alyssa all the best. She seems a pleasant young woman. My novice understanding of VB tells me that the real weakness in the Gophers' 2017 defense was in the front-court net defense,not the back court. I wearied of seeing the opponents' thunderous spikes go sailing unopposed through holes in the Gophers' net defense that you could've driven a truck through. I don't see how any back-court defenders, no matter how talented, could've stopped them. I think the Gophers' front-court defense got weaker as the season went along whereas lesser teams got better. Maybe I got spoiled in 2016 by the defense of the Tapps, Lehman, and Sarah, the No 1 player in the country. Still, Sweet 16 is pretty darn good. Looking forward to next year already!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopherguy05 View Post
    If you were looking for reasons why Goehner was not quite herself this season....her instagram post today that she is pregnant and expecting in June probably had a bit to do with that...
    Reggie Lynch LOL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beavergopher View Post
    Reggie Lynch LOL?
    I don't see anything funny about that.

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    I heard that Martin was hurt in November and it got worse as the season went along.

    I prefer the illusion that the players on the college teams I follow aren't pregnant! No judgement on whether it is good or bad in Goehner's life but I wonder what it does to the dynamic of the team and the season. I wonder if her teammates knew?

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    Wisconsin 8th grader commits to U. She's an OH.



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    Quote Originally Posted by overpass View Post
    Wisconsin 8th grader commits to U. She's an OH.


    And by all accounts, quite the prospect. There was even a mention of her having the potential to be the state of Wiscosnin's best player all four years of high school on Volleytalk. That might be a bit of hyperbole (which of course is common with young prospects), but it seems nearly everyone has been blown away by her potential.

    On top of that, some Wisconsin fans were upset by the commitment and apparently Nebraska wanted her badly as well.

    I always have mixed feelings about commitments this early. Felt similarly when Shaffmaster committed at the same age. With that said, Melani has stuck with her commitment and now the Gophers are recruiting her younger sister, Mabrey, who is also a potential "five-star" recruit. In other words, so far so good.

    All things being equal, I'd say Hugh is doing just fine on the recruiting front.

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    http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w...011618aab.html

    Gopher Sports catches up with Paige Tapp:

    GS: You were able to play for USA Volleyball in 2017. What was the best part of that experience?

    PT: The past summer was such an incredible experience, and something I have worked for my entire career. Putting on the jersey is an honor, and the teammates and staff you share the experience with are my favorite part. Getting to know players that I have battled against for years, learning from new coaches, and competing with a group with very special goals was incredible. These are memories and friendships I will have for the rest of my life.

    GS: Tell everyone how you landed a spot with Stuttgart in December?

    PT: I was looking forward to playing overseas for the 2017-2018 season, but planned on training in California until a great opportunity came up. I left on Thanksgiving weekend to visit my sister (Hannah) in Italy with the intention of coming back to train after the holiday. The assistant coach for USA Volleyball, Tama Miyashiro, called me a few days before I was planning on leaving Italy to see if I could play the remainder of the season for her professional team in Stuttgart, Germany. The team had some injuries, and was looking for a middle. I headed straight there from Italy!

    GS: You've recently been featured in an advertisement with a few well known professional athletes? How did this transpire and tell us about the experience.

    PT: Adidas has been working very hard to grow its influence in sport of volleyball, it is a company that shares similar values as I do, and it was something I wanted to get behind. I signed with them in the fall, and have been fortunate enough to be included in various promotional campaigns for them. The Sport 17 Commercial (Tapp is shown at 23 seconds and 40 seconds), which features various athletes, was an incredible honor to be included in. The whole experience was unbelievable. To be able to represent the sport of volleyball, and have a seat at that table was incredible.

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    Claire Sheehan transfers from Iowa to Minnesota

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    Sheehan's Iowa Bio:

    2017 as a Freshman... Played in 32 matches... had 12 double-digit kill matches… ranked third on the team with 259 kills and chipped in 241 digs, 35 blocks, and 21 aces... registered 175 kills, 189 digs, 21 assists, 14 aces, and 28 blocks in Big Ten play... had fifth career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs at Ohio State on Nov. 18... had nine kills and 10 digs against Ohio State on Nov. 11... had fourth career double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs against No. 22 Purdue on Nov. 5... tallied third career double-double with 12 kills and 16 digs at No. 10 Michigan State on Oct. 28... had eight kills and two blocks against Northwestern on Oct. 21... amassed second career double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs against Illinois on Oct. 20... recorded nine kills and seven digs at No. 6 Minnesota on Oct. 15... registered 15 kills, a .324 attack percentage and a career-high five blocks at Indiana on Oct. 11... had six kills, six digs and a block against No. 4 Nebraska on Oct. 7... registered first career double-double with 11 kills and a career-high 20 digs against No. 22 Michigan on Oct. 4... amassed 11 kills and a .308 attack percentage against No. 3 Minnesota on Sept. 30... had 11 digs against No. 7 Wisconsin on Sept. 29... recorded 14 kills and a personal-best nine digs at No. 2 Penn State on Sept. 23... tallied a career-best 19 kills, a .429 attack percentage, and a personal-high three blocks at American on Sept. 16... racked up a career-high 13 kills and eight digs against Iowa State on Sept. 8... had six kills, three aces, and seven digs at Long Beach State on Aug. 26... recorded six kills and two blocks vs. No. 2 Stanford on Aug. 26

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    On Sheehan:

    I am going to wait to see if the U applies for an intra-conference transfer waiver from the Big Ten before I update my grid.
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    Volleyball Mag put out their list of 2017 high school All-Americans and the Gophers had three recruits on the list.

    Rollins and Shaffmaster each made the first-team while McGraw was named second-team.

    link: https://volleyballmag.com/2017-hs-aa-012718/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRJ View Post
    Volleyball Mag put out their list of 2017 high school All-Americans and the Gophers had three recruits on the list.

    Rollins and Shaffmaster each made the first-team while McGraw was named second-team.

    link: https://volleyballmag.com/2017-hs-aa-012718/
    Now I am starting to feel like I know what its like to be a UNC/Duke mens cbb fan.

    We really have been raking in the All-Americans and top notch recruits over the past several years. It's fun!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillmeNow View Post
    Now I am starting to feel like I know what its like to be a UNC/Duke mens cbb fan.

    We really have been raking in the All-Americans and top notch recruits over the past several years. It's fun!!!
    Yep. McCutcheon is as good as it gets on the recruiting front. Never a lack of talent on his teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRJ View Post
    Yep. McCutcheon is as good as it gets on the recruiting front. Never a lack of talent on his teams.

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    Just ONE Natl Title before I'm too old to realize it happened, lol. So like next year maybe? lol

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