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    Technical correction for those who care: being a headcount sport does *NOT* require that the school only provide full scholarships. Rather, it means anyone who receives any amount of a scholarship (partial or full) counts as a full headcount. In other words, only 12 on the roster are allowed to receive some amount of a scholarship. Now, it may be the case that Minnesota only provides full scholarship to the 12 ... but they’re not required to do that because of volleyball being a headcount sport.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    Looking at her picture, I am assuming she's the daughter of an American soldier, much like one of my favorite tennis players, Naomi Osaka.

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    Odd assumption with her last name. So I googled it before making vaguely racist comments.

    Airi Miyabe is a star volleyball player in Japan who was a key player during Kinkanrai High School's victory at the national high school tournament. Because of this showcase of talent, she has been recruited to Japan's national volleyball team and will participate in upcoming international competitions. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Japanese, and she proudly stands alongside several other biracial athletes in Japan, most of whom are males.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Odd assumption with her last name. So I googled it before making vaguely racist comments.

    Airi Miyabe is a star volleyball player in Japan who was a key player during Kinkanrai High School's victory at the national high school tournament. Because of this showcase of talent, she has been recruited to Japan's national volleyball team and will participate in upcoming international competitions. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Japanese, and she proudly stands alongside several other biracial athletes in Japan, most of whom are males.
    I screwed up on the nationality, but not the race of the father. Because of the height and the darker complexion, I figured she was biracial.

    Hopefully she will join Osaka to help lead the way for female biracial athletes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by beavergopher View Post
    A 6’ Japanese woman is a rarity. Supposed to be a great player with serious hops. Hopefully she has a killer serve. We need someone to put stress on the opponents serve receive.
    I agree. I believe MN lost set 2 to Oregon because at every set point MN had they failed to get in a forcing serve that put Oregon on the defensive. Oregon actually used MN's serve as a weapon against MN. I find that lackluster serving as puzzling as MN's obvious drop in performance after mid-season. Disappointing.

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    Well if we had a block against the slide, or if we had defense that was playing like they had been playing during the regular season, it would not have mattered that our serves were easy to pass.

    But I'm not disagreeing with you all. Getting the other team out of system is part of how you play successful vball, and a hard serve can definitely help get you there.

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    How do we feel about the new setter? It seems likely she'll be the starter in 2019...at least to me. Haven't researched too much into this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    How do we feel about the new setter? It seems likely she'll be the starter in 2019...at least to me. Haven't researched too much into this.
    She was a top-15 recruit in high school who started for the Bruins last season. About same size as SSS, not sure if she can set the same tempo. From what I've heard, she might be a bit better at the net than SSS, but I don't know for sure. Other than that, I don't know much.

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    Impossible to know, but my curiosity is: if they were 100% confident in the setters we had on the roster, would they have told Miller "thanks for your interest, but we are not looking for a transfer setter at this time" ??

    Or was their philosophy more like, you always take a player like that, for the competition, experience, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers_4life View Post
    Impossible to know, but my curiosity is: if they were 100% confident in the setters we had on the roster, would they have told Miller "thanks for your interest, but we are not looking for a transfer setter at this time" ??

    Or was their philosophy more like, you always take a player like that, for the competition, experience, etc.
    Possible, although I think this coming season was always going to be a bit of a bridge year until Shaffmaster arrives in 2020. Or, it could simply be a case of holding the philosophy of "you can never have enough good players."

    As some may recall, Hebert did something similar with Taylor Carico a number of years back...

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    All five starting offensive weapons, and both defensive specialists, return from last season. It would be a shame to "waste" that, and the 2019 season, on an incompetent setter .... so I will take the wild guess that they were going to take any high major setter that wanted to transfer and was good with the idea of potentially only playing in 2019.

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    Sarah will still get her shot if she sticks around. Pulling for her. I have always like her enthusiasm on the bench. Hope she does well

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    http://www.startribune.com/gophers-v...out/504726732/

    Sale of Gophers volleyball season tickets for the 2019 season have been capped and a waiting list will be started, the University of Minnesota announced. Mini ticket packages will be available in June and single, non-premium match tickets will go on sale in July and premium matches in August.

    “Having our 2019 season tickets sell out already is amazing,” coach Hugh McCutcheon said. “We are very fortunate to have such loyal fans.”

    The Gophers, who averaged 5,318 fans at Maturi Pavilion (182 under capacity), won the Big Ten title last fall and were the No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament but lost in a regional semifinal.

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    https://regents.umn.edu/sites/regent...N_FEB_2019.pdf

    In addition to air conditioning the following volleyball upgrades are to be completed in August 2019:

    1. Basis for Project:
    Intercollegiate Athletics is remodeling existing space assigned to the Gopher women’s volleyball team in Maturi Pavilion to create an environment that will help recruit top studentathletes from around the world, and provide spaces/amenities to help athletes, coaches, and
    teams compete for National Championships on a consistent basis. The current facilities, while serviceable, are not up to today’s standards when it comes to recruitment of top student-athletes and an environment that allows the student-athletes and coaching staff to succeed at the highest level; upgrades are urgently needed to attract and develop top talent. This project will provide premium space for the women’s athletic team, in line with equity requirements.

    2. Scope of Project:
    Renovations are proposed to the existing 7,000 gross square foot (gsf) volleyball area; scope includes work on both ground and second floors. The ground floor area will include a weight room, training room, plunge pool, locker room, and players’ lounge. The upper floor will include men’s and women’s restrooms, club room, head coach office, coaches’ lounge and locker rooms, team workroom, and guest seating overlooking the court.

    3. Master Plan:
    This project complies with the Twin Cities Campus Master Plan dated March 2009.

    4. Environmental Issues:
    No hazardous materials are anticipated during the renovation of this project.

    5. Cost Estimate:
    Construction Cost $3,116,000
    Non-Construction Cost $884,000
    Total Project Cost $4,000,000

    6. Capital Funding:
    Donor Funds $2,250,000
    University debt (to bridge pledged gifts) $1,550,000
    Intercollegiate Athletics $200,000
    Total Capital Funding $4,000,000

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    Awesome re: Volleyball performance center! Wonder if big boosters will also have access to that club lounge and row of seats, or if it will be exclusively for recruits? Seems like we wouldn't have THAT many recruits over the whole season?? But I have no idea for sure.

    Only thing is this basically cements the Pav as being the practice court for vball going forward. I guess that has been working fine for them, even though wrestling and both gymnastics use the facility for competitions. But think all of those have their own practice spaces/facilities (I know wrestling does for sure). So must not be too many conflicts with using the court for vball practice.


    In my pipe dream of having a men's varsity team added one day, maybe then they'd need a separate vball practice facility. But I guess until that does comes, if ever, it won't.

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    Awesome tweet with recap video:


    Gets me excited for next season!
    Last edited by Gophers_4life; 02-16-2019 at 11:51 AM.

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