Gopher Volleyball 2021-Fall Season


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YES !!! So happy for this team and now let's cheer for UCLA .
 


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Never gave up. Tough match with both teams making awesome plays. Wonder what the situation was on the floor with both teams in unity about something was?
 



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Never gave up. Tough match with both teams making awesome plays. Wonder what the situation was on the floor with both teams in unity about something was?
Group prayer, Baylor is private Christian university
 



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Great effort getting a win without playing their best. Could have caved multiple times. Mental toughness. Lots of courage. Very impressive.
That was a really good match. It was a grind and these two teams kept going at each other. That was a hard fought win by the Gophers!
 



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Should know better -
- thought after set 1 that a Baylor sweep was likely;
- after set 3 (down 2-1) and Samedy misfiring, was glad that "at least they won a set";
- down 6-2 in the 5th and gophers looking out of sorts, thought "no way."

Wow. Hoping that UCLA sticks it to Bucky!
 
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Wenaas really brought it that 5th set. That pipe kill out of the backrow (see above video) was amazing but also the tip out of the backrow (her signature shot) was perfectly placed so the defender could not dig it to get the Gophers to match point! While Samedy struggled, others stepped up which bodes well for the future!
 







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Yes Wisconsin is a top 4 seed so they earned the right to host a regional. Will be a tall order for the Gophers to beat Wisky but anything can happen I guess.
 

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Yes Wisconsin is a top 4 seed so they earned the right to host a regional. Will be a tall order for the Gophers to beat Wisky but anything can happen I guess.
What about that ol' cliche about it being tough to beat a team 3 times in one season? So you're saying there's a chance?!
 

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Brief recap of today's action. Tournament has largely become an ACC (3-0 today) and Big Ten (4-2) affair. Louisville, Pittsburgh and GA Tech all had straight set impressive wins - Wisconsin and Nebraska won easily as well. Purdue continues to be the cardiac kids – down 14-10 in the fifth set, they rallied for the win. The other winner (besides MN) was #2 seed Texas who squeaked by #15 Washington after being down 2 sets.

The Wisconsin–MN and Louisville-GA Tech matchups on Saturday guarantee at least 1 ACC and 1 Big Ten team in the final four. And Purdue-Pitt and Nebraska-Texas should be competitive matches. Big Ten has a chance to send 3 of 4 teams to the finals.

MN-WI match is Saturday, 7p on ESPNU
 

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Unfortunately, the situation went backwards of what I was hoping would need to happen in order for the Gopher ladies to make the final four.

Was hoping for:
- Minn beats Baylor 3-0 or 3-1
- UCLA plays their Super Bowl and beats Wisconsin
- then UCLA has nothing left for the Elite 8 match, Gophers win

This was essentially the situation in 2019, with Louisville beating Texas, then the Gophers beating Louisville.


Instead, the Gopher ladies expelled a ton of energy to win the match, while Wisconsin swept UCLA.



I don't see it happening, in Madison, with the Final Four on the line.

Nonetheless, will be watching and cheering! Go Gophers!
 

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Brief recap of today's action. Tournament has largely become an ACC (3-0 today) and Big Ten (4-2) affair. Louisville, Pittsburgh and GA Tech all had straight set impressive wins - Wisconsin and Nebraska won easily as well. Purdue continues to be the cardiac kids – down 14-10 in the fifth set, they rallied for the win. The other winner (besides MN) was #2 seed Texas who squeaked by #15 Washington after being down 2 sets.

The Wisconsin–MN and Louisville-GA Tech matchups on Saturday guarantee at least 1 ACC and 1 Big Ten team in the final four. And Purdue-Pitt and Nebraska-Texas should be competitive matches. Big Ten has a chance to send 3 of 4 teams to the finals.

MN-WI match is Saturday, 7p on ESPNU
Pitt also swept upstart, unseeded Kansas, who had (upset?) unseeded Oregon and then upset seeded Creighton in Omaha.

As the #3 seed, you would expect that. A lot of people think they can be like a version of Kentucky from the spring.
 

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"The Gophers are too thin in the back; they aren't aggressive enough on their kill opportunities; they can't pass; they have no offense from their middles; they're no good on first contact; they don't have enough fire; they don't put on enough pressure with their serves; they depend too much on one player; they don't set well; they can't cover tips; the coach is too resistant to change."

But you do know they're in the Elite Eight, don't you?

"See, like I told you: The Gophers are good! Go Gophers!"
 
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"The Gophers are too thin in the back; they aren't aggressive enough on their kill opportunities; they can't pass; they have no offense from their middles; they're no good on first contact; they don't have enough fire; they don't put on enough pressure with their serves; they depend too much on one player; they don't set well; they can't cover tips; the coach is too resistant to change."
None of these is wrong.

Flawed volleyball teams do well, all the time.
 

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Handing them the set with so many tips instead of full swings
 


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great season Gophers!! Great to see them play hard through adversity. Wisconsin is so very good this year…just too tall for this Gopher team, tough matchup.
 

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Tough loss. Wisconsin does have a good program right now like Penn State and Nebraska did for a while. Do agree with rowdaboat about the tips. Seems to be too many to my liking. Regardless, congratulations on a good season as they are a premier team.
 


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Disappointing to get swept by Becky.....
Hear! Hear! The only match of the night to be only 3 sets. THAT is embarrassing.

Our setting was inferior as well as focus. I could feel the drive get sucked out of the team in the middle of the third set.
 

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Need a power hitter to transfer in or someone unfairly tall like Wisc has. Samedy was only one with unreturnable spikes
 




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