The University of Minnesota Men’s Volleyball Team won the Silver Bracket to finish 17th in the nation. Going 8-2 on the weekend, the Golden Gophers relied on outstanding team play to find success against the best teams in the country.
Seeded 32nd to enter the tournament, Minnesota knew it had something to prove and displayed that right away on day one. After falling to UCLA (seeded 8th) in three games, Minnesota bounced back with a convincing, two-game upset over Arizona St. To finish the day, the Gophers cruised to an easy victory over the University of Cincinnati which gave them a second place finish in their pool.
To begin day 2, Minnesota fell to Utah Valley St. in a heartbreaking challenge match. With the loss, Minnesota was placed in a consolation pool with two national powers: Arizona and Maryland. However, Minnesota showed its resiliency by defeating both opponents in two games. Arizona, seeded 9th, failed to score 20 points in either game against the determined Gophers.
Day three brought only wins for the surging Golden Gophers. Following a two game victory over UC-San Diego, Minnesota found itself in trouble after a game one loss to11th seeded Penn St. University. Once again, Minnesota bounced back by defeating Penn St. 25-16 and 15-11 to close out the match. Stanford University was next in Minnesota’s path to the silver championship. The Gophers had little trouble with Stanford dismantling them 25-11 in game two. After the convincing victory, Minnesota prepared itself to take on a familiar Indiana University team in the silver championship. Indiana hung with the Gophers for awhile, but Minnesota proved to be too physical and seized the championship with a 25-21, 25-21 victory.
Minnesota Makes Some Noise at MIVA’s
After a grueling 12 hour drive the University of Minnesota reached Columbus, Ohio eager and ready to play! The first day of pool play was practically flawless for Minnesota, who defeated any team that stepped on the court. The Gophers ended day 1 with high spirits, great intensity, and a 4-0 finish! On Sunday, Minnesota brought back the same intensity and easily defeated the University of Iowa, their first opponent of the day, in 2 games. Up next, for the third playoff face-off this year, was the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The Gophers came out in game 1 with a tremendous effort and defeated Oshkosh 25-16. Minnesota used the energy and momentum from game 1 and played a tough second game but dropped 22-25. The third and final game of the match was a sideout battle, the Gophers played very hard but were unable to walk away with a victory losing 11-15.
Minnesota Falls Quickly at BTMVA Championships
For the University of Minnesota Men’s Volleyball Club, it was a short and unsatisfying trip to the University of Illinois for the BTMVA Championships. The Gophers began pool play on Saturday easily defeating the University of Iowa in 2 games. The Gophers carried the momentum from their first win of the day into their second match against the top team in the country, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Minnesota fought the good fight but was unable to achieve success dropping the match in 2 games. The first round of the tournament bracket proved to be another tough challenge for Minnesota facing off against the Ohio State University. Despite a tremendous effort, the Gophers dropped game 1 and 2: 24-26, 20-25.
Next Up: MIVA Championships hosted by The Ohio State University
Minnesota Unable to make it Over the Hump
The University of Minnesota Men’s Volleyball Club found itself in familiar territory this weekend. Hoping to wash away the memories of their first trip to Iowa this year, the Gophers came out with great intensity during the first day of pool play. The Gophers dropped only 1 game all day with a 4-0 match finish. The Sunday playoff round began with a 2 game defeat over UW-Eau Claire, earning the Gophers a spot in the semi-final match. A slow start in the first game against a solid Western Illinois team resulted in a 26-28 loss. The Gophers made a strong push early in game 2 but were unable to hold back Western Illinois dropping the match 20-25. For the second straight tournament the Gophers finish in 3rd place.
Next Up: BTMVA Championships hosted by the University of Illinois.
Gophers Revisit Success at the Badger Classic
After the less than ideal finish at the BTMVA Round Robin, the University of Minnesota Men’s Volleyball Club experienced some rejuvenated success at the Badger Spring Classic, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. The Gophers went undefeated in pool play on Saturday morning, easily defeating their competition (Lakeland B, University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and Club Wausau). Club Wausau posed little threat again to the Gophers when they faced off in the first round of playoffs. After a first round win, the Gophers found themselves in the semi-finals facing the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Eager for redemption after their championship loss against Oshkosh at their home tournament, the Gophers came out with great intensity but were unable to achieve victory earning a third place finish.
The University of Minnesota Men’s Volleyball Club would like to extend their thanks to the Malm’s their host family this weekend!
Next up: The Gophers will be on their way to the University of Iowa for the Hawkeye Spring Classic.
Stress Fractures Sideline Slick
#11 Outside Hitter, Stafford Slick will be out for several weeks because of tibial stress fractures in both legs.
Injuries Hold Back Minnesota at BTMVA Round Robin
The University of Minnesota Volleyball team went 5-4 in the BTMVA Round Robin at Purdue University playing most games without their outside hitter Stafford Slick, who was sidelined with an injury for most of the tournament. On Saturday, Minnesota went 4-1 losing their only match to Ohio State, however, the team went 1-3 on Sunday beating Purdue and losing to Michigan State, Indiana, and Illinois. Minnesota finished behind Illinois (8-1), Michigan State (7-2), Ohio State (7-2) and Wisconsin (7-2) in the BTMVA Round Robin.
Minnesota will be on the road again as they travel to Madison, WI for the Badger Spring Classic on February 16.
Minnesota Reaches Third Straight Championship
The University of Minnesota Men's Volleyball club was back in action this past weekend (1/26-1/27) at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Though the tournament was small, the competition level remained very high with top ranked teams including Illinois, UW Oshkosh, and UW Madison. Minnesota finished 2nd in pool play on Saturday losing their only match of the day in 3 games to UW Oshkosh. Sunday morning, the Gophers earned a spot in the Championship bracket with a 17-15 game 3 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Minnesota continued their road to the finals by defeating UW-Whitewater. The Gophers with a newly found 'never say die' attitude, overcame a 10-5 deficit in a game 3 nail-biter victory. Minnesota found themselves in the finals for the third consecutive tournament (the first occurrence in club history) against the host team and defending NIRSA National Champions, UW-Oshkosh. After dropping the first game to the Titans, the Gophers turned up the intensity but were unable to achieve victory losing game 2, 27-25. Upcoming tournaments: February 9th and 10th, Big 10 Qualifiers at Purdue University.
Minnesota Continues Success at 1st Annual A-Town Throwdown
The University of Minnesota Men's Volleyball Club had another successful weekend at the 1st Annual A-Town Throwdown (Iowa State University). Both the Gold and Maroon team braved the icy roads of Iowa to compete in the 20 team tournament. The Gold team, playing in their first Division I & II tournament, competed well all day long, but fell in the first round of playoffs in 3 games to a solid team from UW-Platteville. The Maroon team, after coming off of a big tournament win at Michigan State, continued their success with a second place finish, falling to Illinois State University in the 3rd game of the championship match.
Minnesota Wins Back to the Hardwood Classic
The University of Minnesota Men’s Volleyball Club, and head coach Wayne Siegert, are proud to bring home their first tournament victory in nearly a decade! The U of M Men’s Volleyball team traveled to Michigan State for the 18th Annual Back to the Hardwood Classic (Nov. 10th-11th), recognized as the largest pre-season tournament, hosting 56 teams from across the nation. Minnesota dropped one match to James Madison during pool play on Saturday, earning a 10 seed in the tournament bracket. The playoff round on Sunday began with a game 3 victory over the University of Wisconsin and another 3 game win over Penn State earning the Gophers a spot in a semi-final match against the Dayton Flyers. After defeating the Flyers in 2 games, Minnesota arrived at the championship facing Virginia Tech. The Gophers dropped the first game to VT, but rallied back to win the second, forcing the match into a third and final game. Minnesota overcame a 12-14 game-point deficit and defeated Virginia Tech by putting down the championship point at 19-17. After a 10 year drought, the members of the University of Minnesota Men’s Volleyball Club are truly “Gold”en Gophers!
Men's Volleyball Club to host home match against UWEC
The Minnesota Men's Volleyball Team will be playing the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in a single match on Sunday, September 30. The match will take place in the Sports Pavilion immediately following the NCAA Women's match against Michigan which begins at 1:00 PM.
As a club, we are trying to get in touch with our alumni with hopes of holding an alumni tournament this upcoming season and to bring all of the guys back together. If interested please send your current contact information to Jared Feest.