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If MN can knock off Stanford, we are going Saturday. I realize that is a tall order, but Pittsburgh is a 3+ hour drive (from Virginia), so we can't go on Thursday night. We'll be tuned in to ESPN2 for that game.

Our family has really enjoyed Gopher Volleyball the last 2 years. We were able to catch them in Maryland both years during the regular season. Hoping to catch them again Saturday. Go Gophers!
 

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It's kind of interesting that on the Gophers/Stanford half of the draw, all four regional semifinal matches went five sets (Stanford/Utah, Penn State/Cincinnati, Louisville/Texas, and Minnesota/Florida), yet both regional finals were 3-0.
 

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If MN can knock off Stanford, we are going Saturday. I realize that is a tall order, but Pittsburgh is a 3+ hour drive (from Virginia), so we can't go on Thursday night. We'll be tuned in to ESPN2 for that game.

Our family has really enjoyed Gopher Volleyball the last 2 years. We were able to catch them in Maryland both years during the regular season. Hoping to catch them again Saturday. Go Gophers!

FYI - According to the NCAA website and gophersports.com, the Thursday night semi-final games are on ESPN. The Saturday tournament finale is on ESPN2.
 

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Okay, Stanford won the NCAA women's soccer championship this fall, came in third in the women's cross country championships, is currently ranked #1 in women's basketball, and stole our softball coach. Enough already. Gophers in four!
 

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Okay, Stanford won the NCAA women's soccer championship this fall, came in third in the women's cross country championships, is currently ranked #1 in women's basketball, and stole our softball coach. Enough already. Gophers in four!
The Gophers may have lost a really good softball coach, but I suspect they got an even better one in return, a lady who will stay). As for VB nat'l championships, it seems we just have to be there year after year knocking at the door until one year it happens. (This year, I really admire the 3 Gophers setters, who stepped in the hole left after SSS and made it work.)
 

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FYI - According to the NCAA website and gophersports.com, the Thursday night semi-final games are on ESPN. The Saturday tournament finale is on ESPN2.
Thanks, I may have may mis-remembered, but I am keeping an eye on the schedule. Super excited for Stanford on Thursday!
 

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Gopher AVCA All-Americans:

First Team -- Regan Pittman
Second Team -- Stephanie Samedy
Third Team -- Alexis Hart
Honorable Mention -- CC McGraw

Taylor Morgan and Adanna Rollins both received Honorable Mention last year, when there were 85 Honorable Mentions. This year there were only 42.
 
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I don't think they would've beaten Texas in Austin. Shocked that Louisville pulled that off, Texas was clearly overlooking them. That was Louisville's Super Bowl, then they didn't have enough in the tank to keep rolling. Seen that type of situation hundreds of times. Minnesota hugely benefited and now gets to have a final four season because of it. Well deserved ladies! Anything from this point is gravy!

Really don't see much of a chance to beat Stanford, but you never know.
 

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I don't think they would've beaten Texas in Austin. Shocked that Louisville pulled that off, Texas was clearly overlooking them. That was Louisville's Super Bowl, then they didn't have enough in the tank to keep rolling. Seen that type of situation hundreds of times. Minnesota hugely benefited and now gets to have a final four season because of it. Well deserved ladies! Anything from this point is gravy!

Really don't see much of a chance to beat Stanford, but you never know.
I tend to agree. All pressure is on the seniors of Stanford. Maybe they play tight like we did against Oregon last year and who knows?
 

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I don't think they would've beaten Texas in Austin. Shocked that Louisville pulled that off, Texas was clearly overlooking them. That was Louisville's Super Bowl, then they didn't have enough in the tank to keep rolling. Seen that type of situation hundreds of times. Minnesota hugely benefited and now gets to have a final four season because of it. Well deserved ladies! Anything from this point is gravy!

Really don't see much of a chance to beat Stanford, but you never know.
"don't see much of a chance to beat Stanford...." I think we all feel that dreadful apprehension about Gophers getting stomped, but I for one would like to hope for the best. As long as the hope lasts, I'll cling to it.
 

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Really hope they play loose as Stanford is the favored team. Go Gophers !
 

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Gopher contingent spread out in the audience here, as Baylor UW game coming to a close. This 930 EST start is a tough one. Games needed to start an hour earlier.
 

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Plummer on her game, Samedy not so much. This has to change.
 

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Tbh, I think they need PJ Fleck to come and give the team a pep talk. half the team playing flat.
 

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Stanford is simply better. Great season with all the injuries.
 

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Stanford and Plummer were simply too good. Oh well, helluva season for us.

Gophers return a lot of major players next season. I don't really follow the recruiting scene much in volleyball...how do the recruits look for next year?
 

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Stanford and Plummer were simply too good. Oh well, helluva season for us.

Gophers return a lot of major players next season. I don't really follow the recruiting scene much in volleyball...how do the recruits look for next year?
Might be the best class in the country. At the very least, it's top three.

Have the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation coming in Taylor Landfair (6-4 or 6-6 outside hitter depending on who you ask), No. 3 overall prospect in Jenna Wenaas (6-0 outside hitter) and the No. 16 overall prospect in Melani Shaffmaster (6-4 outisde hitter/settter). Also have Cami Appiani, who is slated as more of a defensive specialist/libero. She comes in from Torrey Pines High School in California, one of the nation's best high school programs.

In other words, the class is pretty good!
 

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As for the season, not bummed in the least about how it finished.

This was a team that had plenty of obstacles to overcome this season and still found a way to get to the Final Four.

Still a lot of good pieces back next year and with the recruiting class coming in, the team will be just fine imo.

Congrats ladies on a fantastic 2019 campaign. Also, good luck to the seniors! We'll all remember your time in maroon and gold with fondness!
 

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We "should've" lost to Texas in Austin in the regional. Louisville shocked the world, good for them, and we benefited by getting them right after when they had run out of steam.

Not taking anything away from the Gopher ladies. They busted their buns trying to make this season as best as it could be. Final Four was more than we could've hoped for. We were last year's Illinois.

Looking forward to the future!
 

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All the upper teams in the B1G will be loaded next year. Most of the big guns were underclassmen.
Stephanie S has to become the alpha kill machine, like Plummer and Foeke. Does she have the personality to do that? The other obvious difference, is the team that wins every year has out of the world Libero play. CC looked to be heading that way, but perhaps her leg injury held her back. The last one we had was Paula G. The gal from Stanford was insane last night. She must have a full body bruise.

Please God, let Stanford smoke Wisconsin. Still pissed at Barnes.
 
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