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    AVCA Preseason Top 25 Poll is out.

    The ladies are No. 3.

    Link: https://www.avca.org/polls/di-women/8-13-2019.html

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    Anyone received their tickets in the mail yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Anyone received their tickets in the mail yet?
    Not yet. We received football tickets yesterday. I'm assuming another two weeks before volley tickets arrive since the first home match is Sept. 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Anyone received their tickets in the mail yet?
    I called last week because I didn't see my tickets on my account. They said they'd be mailed in the next two weeks.

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    https://gophersports.com/news/2019/8...-saturday.aspx

    Intra-squad scrimmage this Saturday the 24th:


    The University of Minnesota volleyball program will host an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, August 24 at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., with warmups beginning approximately at 2:45 p.m.

    Fans are encouraged to enter Maturi Pavilion through the west lobby or Daily Entrance (University Ave) and sit on the south side of the Pavilion. Parking is available in the University Ave Ramp, 4th Street Ramp, Lot 37, and the Maroon Lot. Please note that many of these lots may have limited space due to Minnesota State Fair visitors. Concessions will be open on the south concourse (University Ave).

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    http://www.startribune.com/gophers-v...ion/554882402/
    Alexis Hart doesn't need a thermometer to tell the difference. The Gophers senior can measure the temperature change at Maturi Pavilion just by the amount of laundry she generates during volleyball practice.

    "I sweat a lot, the most on the team," Hart said after Monday's workout. "I'm only going through two shirts now instead of four. It's a lot nicer."

    The competition in practice is as hot as ever, as the third-ranked Gophers prepare for the Aug. 30 season opener at North Carolina. But the addition of air conditioning to the Pav — part of a $5.1 million package of improvements — has cooled off a building that used to feel like a blast furnace in summer and early fall. With their longtime home finally brought into the era of modern climate control, the Gophers have been able to practice with more energy and less misery.
    Hart called the air conditioning "a blessing," while teammate Stephanie Samedy said it has helped the Gophers focus solely on their work and not on their discomfort.

    "You come in here and you have a sweater on, and you're kind of actually cold for once," she said. "It's not, you walk out and you start sweating.

    "Sometimes, I would notice I would feel more fatigued, just because of the extra heat and the energy I'm expending. But now, it's kind of like volleyball, and just that. You don't have to worry about anything else."

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    https://gophersports.com/news/2019/8...19-roster.aspx

    Confirming what we assumed:

    University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon has announced the addition of Tamara Dolonga (Varazdin, Croatia) to the 2019 roster. She is set to compete this fall with the team.

    "We're excited to add Tamara to the Gopher Volleyball program," McCutcheon said. "She's a great addition to our program."

    Dolonga, a 5-foot, 8-inch setter played for Kitro Varazdin Club Team in the Croatian Volleyball National 1B League Club Team. With Kitro, Dolonga helped her team win gold at the international Sarajevo tournament in 2017 and 2018, Ljublijana in 2018, and Baranja in 2016. She was also named the tournament's better setter at all three events and was also named the Most Valuable Player at the 2018 Sarajevo tournament.

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    https://gophersports.com/news/2019/8...-husemann.aspx

    Spotlight on Ellie Husemann:

    Ellie Husemann has grown up watching Gopher volleyball. Since she's been young, looking up to Tori Dixon, Husemann is looking to make her own path with the Gophers. The Eagan, Minn., native played for Eagan High School and Northern Lights. She helped the Wildcats to two state championships and two state runner-up titles. Named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune all-metro first team in 2018, she was also a Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year candidate. Husemann finished her career as Eagan's all-time block leader with 379 career blocks. She also helped Northern Lights to a 2017 USA 17-Open national champion and a 2015 runner-up accolades. Get to know one of our newest Gophers in this recent spotlight.

    ...

    What's it been like working with the Gopher coaching staff?
    EH: They've been awesome. Coming in, we are kind of relearning volleyball. What you learned all growing up, it's a lot different here. The coaches are teaching it from a technique standpoint. They have been really nice in teaching it to you and holding you accountable, but also being there to support you along the way. All and all, it's been really good. They push you to be the best and it's good to have that.

    What has been some of the best advice you've gotten from your teammates so far?
    EH: The big thing that Regan (Pittman) told me is to have self-confidence. She always comes over and pushes up my shoulders and tells me to stand up straight and stand tall. Have that confidence and tell yourself "you've got this" for every single ball. I think just knowing that they have my back, but also have my own back and knowing that I can do this has been really helpful. I always remind myself of that especially when it gets tough in practice. Nothing personal, it's all good information and everyone is here to help you.

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    I’m excited for this year. Florida early will be a fun match. And I was told The Pav will be kept around 72 degrees!

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    I made it over to the scrimmage today; stayed around for three sets.

    Set 1 generally featured a lineup with Samedy, McGraw, Miller, Pittman, Rollins and Miyabe on one team (the winning side in a close set FWIW). Morgan, Hart and McMenimen (setting) played for the opposing team. Miyabe played all the rotations, made some fine digs and hit well from both outside and opposite. Miyabe also made some strikes from the back row (she got quite the workout). She also looks to be a serviceable server. Samedy also took some swings from the outside late in set one and also in set three.

    Hugh switched player around for sets two and three. Kelly is obviously the primary setter-can't wait to watch her when the season starts. McMenimen did the majority of the setting for the other side with Dolonga subbing in occasionally to serve and play a few rotations. Dolonga has a funny prancing step just before she serves.

    Kelly set Rollins out of the back row a few times; but the connections weren't quite there. So far so good. Kelly connected well with the hitters. Whether the connection's quick enough to beat opposing blockers remains to be seen; but the hitters were getting good power swings today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius L Hoops View Post
    I made it over to the scrimmage today; stayed around for three sets.

    Set 1 generally featured a lineup with Samedy, McGraw, Miller, Pittman, Rollins and Miyabe on one team (the winning side in a close set FWIW). Morgan, Hart and McMenimen (setting) played for the opposing team. Miyabe played all the rotations, made some fine digs and hit well from both outside and opposite. Miyabe also made some strikes from the back row (she got quite the workout). She also looks to be a serviceable server. Samedy also took some swings from the outside late in set one and also in set three.

    Hugh switched player around for sets two and three. Kelly is obviously the primary setter-can't wait to watch her when the season starts. McMenimen did the majority of the setting for the other side with Dolonga subbing in occasionally to serve and play a few rotations. Dolonga has a funny prancing step just before she serves.

    Kelly set Rollins out of the back row a few times; but the connections weren't quite there. So far so good. Kelly connected well with the hitters. Whether the connection's quick enough to beat opposing blockers remains to be seen; but the hitters were getting good power swings today.
    A few more observations from someone who knows little about volleyball:

    Claire Sheehan had a significant number of kills and seemed much improved. Frosh Shea Rubright and Ellie Husemann were involved in several blocks. I know less than nothing about defense, so I can't comment on the play of Frosh Rachel Kilkelly. Airi Miyabe was impressive, and Kylie Miller set well, with a couple of nice dumps too. I thought both sides covered dinks very well. One thing that did give me pause was the overall receiving. While not a whole lot of outright errors were made, there seemed to be quite a bit of out-of-system play by the receiving teams.

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