We don’t know what happened to Shaff. I personally think she was benched, but I could very easily be wrong.Anybody know what happened to Shaffmaster? And who was the slightly rotund player who split replacement setting duties thereafter- I thought she played extremely well for someone who hadn’t seen the court this year- and she seemed to set the middle much better than I remember Shaff doing?
Player of the Week
Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota
Sr. – OPP – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge – Major: Psychology
• Averaged 4.44 kills and 3.33 digs per set with two double-doubles in leading No. 13 Minnesota to a pair of wins over top-15 opponents at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge last weekend in Eugene, Ore.
• Recorded 20 kills in both matches (giving her five in six outings this year), while adding 14 digs (and hitting .455) on Sept. 10 vs. No. 14 Stanford, and 16 digs in a five-set victory at No. 11 Oregon on Sept. 11
• Chosen as an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2019 and was the Senior CLASS Award recipient in the sport of volleyball last season
• Earns her ninth career Player of the Week honor (fourth-most in Big Ten history) and first this season
• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy (Feb. 15, 2021)
Defensive Player of the Week
CC McGraw, Minnesota
Grad. – L – Prior Lake, Minn. – Prior Lake – Graduate Major: Sport & Exercise Science
• Tallied 5.44 digs per set to anchor the Golden Gophers’ defense in victories over No. 14 Stanford and No. 11 Oregon last weekend at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Eugene, Ore.
• Collected a season-high 30 digs in the Sept. 11 win at Oregon, the first 30-dig match by a Big Ten player since Feb. 5, 2021 (Purdue’s Jena Otec – 31 vs. Minnesota)
• A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2019, 2020)
• Garners her third career Defensive Player of the Week accolade
• Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Regan Pittman (March 15, 2021)
She served twice after that. But it was on the next receive where she set two awful balls, the second I believe got called for double, that she was taken out.We don’t know what happened to Shaff. I personally think she was benched, but I could very easily be wrong.
The Lone Ranger was Baylee Mcmenimen who has come to the rescue before, notably in 2019 when our setter was concussed. She has been a very valuable Gopher and has taken advantage of her opportunities
"They're now the other Division I team in the state," McCutcheon said. "It seemed like kind of a cool thing to try and get started for volleyball in Minnesota. … Trying to see if we could establish some kind of tradition there."
"There are a lot of factors that go into scheduling," Esten said. "It's not just competitiveness alone. Whether it's Minnesota or anybody else, we need to think about the economics, you think about the recruiting, the wins and losses, and the experience of the student-athlete … we hope that over time it starts to line up that we can have a regular competition with Minnesota."
• U-M wrapped the non-conference portion of the schedule with a perfect weekend, winning the Michigan Invitational with sweeps over Eastern Michigan, Boston College and Dayton. It marked the first time since 2018 that the Wolverines won each match of the Michigan Invitational 3-0.
• Sophomore Jess Mruzik was a crucial part of the Wolverines' 3-0 weekend, finishing with 3.33 kills per set at an impressive .324 attack percentage. In addition to the stellar offensive production, Mruzik averaged 2.33 digs per set, 0.44 blocks per set and added five service aces. The sophomore was the difference-maker in Michigan's sweep of Dayton, finishing with 17 kills while hitting .500, 11 digs, three aces and a pair of blocks.
• The Michigan offense rolled over the weekend with sophomore Scottee Johnson orchestrating a balanced attack. The Dayton, Ohio, native had the offense clicking to the tune of a .330 percentage in the Wolverines' clean sweep of the Michigan Invitational. As a team, the Wolverines hit .368 against Eastern Michigan and .361 against Dayton. Individually, Johnson had 82 total assists for a 9.67 per-set average and also added 25 total digs (2.78 per set), seven kills and two total blocks.
• Michigan hit .330 as a team over the weekend, averaging 14.22 kills per set, while holding all three opponents to a miniscule .111 attack percentage and just 9.89 kills per set. The Wolverines finished the three matches with 22 total blocks (2.44 per set) while their opponents totaled just 10 (1.11 per set).
• Junior May Pertofsky had another stellar weekend for the Wolverines, helping the Maize and Blue in all facets of the game in its weekend sweep of Eastern Michigan, Boston College and Dayton. Pertofsky finished with 22 kills while hitting .347, had seven service aces and averaged a block per set in the three matches.
• Freshman Jacque Boney turned in another impressive weekend for the Michigan defense, leading the team with 14 total blocks and a 1.56 blocks-per-set average. Her season mark of 1.33 blocks per set is eighth-best in the Big Ten through the non-conference campaign, and her 44 total blocks are first among Big Ten freshmen.
• Redshirt sophomore Hannah Grant saw her consecutive double-digit dig streak snapped Saturday, as the libero fell one short against Dayton with nine. Dating back to the spring season, Grant had registered at least 10 digs in 16 consecutive matches.
• Senior Paige Jones finished the Michigan Invitational with the highest kills total for the Wolverines, turning in 31 (3.44 per set) and hitting .301. The New Bremen, Ohio, native also averaged 0.44 blocks per set.
• Junior Jess Robinson continued her strong play over the weekend, averaging 2.33 kills per set and hitting .372 in the Wolverines' three wins. The middle blocker also had 0.67 blocks per set.