Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Two Signings, Purdue to Europe

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Jamie Bauer of Durand is headed to UM Crookston to play volleyball. The 5-8 setter played one year at UW Stout. From the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

Lauren Carisch of Benilde-St. Margaret's will be playing volleyball at the University of St. Thomas next fall. She is a 5-10 MB who plays for M1 in the off season. She is on the 18-2 team this year. This makes 50 known 2008 players headed off to college to play volleyball. Carisch is the 7th known player headed to D3.

Marquette held their end of the year volleyball banquet and passed out awards.

Purdue is headed to Europe and will play volleyball in four countries: The Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Italy.

Ohio has released their 2008 volleyball schedule. Amanda Andersen of Centennial plays for Ohio.

next up: tomorrow

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Two Eden Prairie Signees

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Jesse Peterson from Eden Prairie and Northern Lights 17-1 has verballed Winona State. The 5-11 outside hitter had 307 kills last year for EP.

Katie Vohnoutka of Eden Prairie is headed to Concordia Moorhead. The 5-11 Middle had 250 kills for the Eagles this year.

That makes 49 known players from the Minnesota 2008 class headed to college to play volleyball next year. Peterson is the 23rd headed to a D2 school. Vohnoutka is the 5th known player going to a D3 school.

Greta King was named senior outstanding female athlete at Willmar. From the West Central Tribune.

The Sauk Centre Slam 18’s Junior Olympic volleyball team took second place in the Gold Division at the NCR tournament held Sunday in St. Cloud. From the St. Cloud Times.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Monday, April 28, 2008

Manuel Verbals, Northern Lights 14s

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6-6 Right Side Alexa Manuel of Eden Prairie and Northern Lights 17-2 has verballed Long Beach State.

The Northern Lights 14s won the Open Gold Pool in Sunday.

They were the only Minnesota team to be in the finals of the 14s or 15s this weekend.

next up; Tomorrow

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Northern Lights Qualifier, Ohio Spring

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Ohio was 3-1 in the Cincinnati tournament on Saturday. Amanda Andersen of Centennial plays with Ohio.

Northern Lights 14 1s are playing in the Open gold #1 pool today.

There are no Minnesota teams in the Open gold pools.

Here is the schedule page.

Next up: tomorrow.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lursen Verbal, Kuklock Hired, 2 Schedules

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Karlee Lursen, Eastview has verballed Southeast Missouri State. Lursen is a 5-7 RH who had 132 kills in the 2006 season for the Lightning. She plays with Northern Lights 17 1s in the JO season.

Apple Valley has hire Dan Kuklock as their new volleyball coach. Kuklock is currently Head Coach for Crossfire 18-2 and Assistant Coach at Burnsville High School. He previously worked for Midwest Volleyball Warehouse/Mizuno Northern Lights. He will be replacing Dan Seppala who resigned after one season to spend more time with his family.
As a sad aside, Dan Seppala and his wife came home from a Spring Break trip to find that their Richfield home had burned down. It is a complete loss and their baby is due in about 4 months. Hopefully they will be in temporary housing by the time their little girl arrives.

Marquette is hosting their final spring event today. UM Duluth, UW Green Bay and Marquette Alumnae are taking part. The event starts at 9 am.

Ohio State has released their fall schedule. They are in the Wichita State and Kent State tournaments. They travel out to California for a pair of games. They face the Gophers at home on Oct. 24 and travel to Minneapolis on Nov. 22.

Next up: tomorrow

Friday, April 25, 2008

3 for St. Kate's, Badgers Win

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Callie Teigen from Meadow Creek Christian; Kaitlin Reed from Irondale and Kayla Sis from St. Cloud Tech are headed to the College of St. Catherine. All players play or have played for MN Select.

The Wisconsin Badgers beat the alumnae in four last night. Nikki Klingsporn of Tartan had 54 assists for the current Badgers. The Badgers are also honored NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate.

Melany Rarey will be playing with Indiana this fall. For two years she played with Michigan State. She does a Q&A with the Hoosier site.

Today at the Minneapolis Convention Center the 14s and 15s take over. Here is the schedule link.

next up: Tomorrow

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Badger Schedules

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The Wisconsin Badgers have released their fall 2008 schedule. They travel to Kentucky, UNLV, and Marquette for tournaments, besides hosting their own. They are at Minnesota on September 27 and host the Gophers on November 14.

Today the Badgers face their alumni at 6:30. From the Badger Herald.

next up: tomorrow

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Gopher Spring Results

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Minnesota finished 2-0-1 on Sunday. I had the report on the Marquette match. The Gophers site has more on the win against North Dakota State, and the tie with Iowa State.

Iowa State also finished 2-0-1 in the Sunday event.

The Northern Lights Qualifier continues this weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The 14s and 15s take over this time. Here are the schedules.

I hope to add the photos soon.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Out & About: Invasion Black/Northern Lights

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Invasion, a team from Kansas City, beat Northern Lights 2-0 in the NLQ 17 Championship. The Lights fell behind in each game by wide margins and had to expend a lot of energy trying to climb the mountain.

In game one Invasion jumped out to a 7-1 lead when NL took a time out. Jessica Kopp had two kills to lead the charge for Invasion, both on side out balls. Invasion had three straight side outs to start the contest while the Lights were only 1/3. NL fell further behind at 12-4 before starting their long climb back. Brianna Haugen had two kills, one on a slide and then a quick to start a 7-2 run. NL was helped in that run by four Invasion hitting errors. But the Lights also helped invasion with two straight side outs on missed serves. NL cut the margin to 16-14 on an ace by Karlee Lusen, but Kaylee Miller delivered two straight kills for Invasion to put the margin back to 4. The game see sawed with a 4/3 split with five straight side outs until a NL hitting error opened up the gap. NL took a time out, but Invasion scored on a block right after the break to lead 23-18. Invasion finished the first game with two points from Kopp on a kill and then a block.

Game two started off worse for Lights as they fell behind 10-1 (10-2 after the side out) after only two Invasion servers. The back breaker was a 8 point run on the second serve with five points at the hands of Morgan Reynolds (3 blocks, 2 kills). Even a NL time out a 7-1 couldn't stop the freight train. Invasion bumped it up to 14-4 before NL mounted their rally. After a block by Haugen, Brittany Chambers served up three straight. That started a scoring run where five straight NL players squeezed points off of serves. NL ramped up their side out defense as well stopping the Invasion three straight times. As a result NL tied the game at 17. Invasion was forced to call time at 14-8. They got the point then on a Chambers missed serve, but Haugen gave the ball right back to NL with a slide. Chelsea Fogarty had three kills in the 13-3 run up to 17. NL took a 20-19 lead after three straight points, the last two coming on Invasion hitting errors. The game was tied three more times after that, the last coming at 22 all. On Miller's serve for Invasion Kate Harris, the setter, had a kill which brought about a NL time out. Ashton Bodenstab, the Libero had a kill after the TO to put Invasion on the verge 24-22. Haugen prevented the end with a kill. Haugen served for the Lights and Aubri Renshaw ended the match with a kill.
photos: #1 Stephanie Kent for Northern Lights with a jump serve. #2. Chelsea Fogarty hits through the Invasion window. #3. Morgan Reynolds reaches high for a hit for Invasion. Blocking for NL is Kelsey Mattai and Brittany Chambers. photos by kja.

Rotation; player, School, position, aces-blocks-kills-total
1. Kate Harris, S 0-0-1----1
2. Aubri Renshaw, OH 1-1.5-3---5.5
3. Jessica Kopp, MH 1-2-5---8
4. Morgan Reynolds, RH 1-2.5-4---7.5
5. Kaylee Miller, OH 1-0.5-8---9.5
6. Brooke Fay, MH 0-0.5-3---3.5
L: Ashton Bodenstab 0-0-1---1
totals: 4-8-25---37 points, 13 points on NL errors

1. Madeline Haben, Holy Angels, S 0-1-0---1
2. Chelsea Fogarty, Belle Plaine, OH 0-0-5---5
3. Karlee Lursen, Eastview, BR 2-0-0----2
3fr Kelsey Mattai, White Bear Lake MH 0-0-2---2
4. Stephanie Kent, Eastview 0-2-1---3
5. Brittany Chambers, Jordan 0-0-4---4
6. Brianna Haugen, Mpls Southwest 0-3-8----11
Totals: 2-6-20---28 points, 13 points on Invastion errors

When Morgan Reynolds was in the front row, the point % was .627 (32-19) clearly the best of any player today. Her wing span made it hard to hit on NL's Left side.

Invasion Black 25 25 50
Northern Lights 18 23 41

team, fbso/att; fbso%; %earned, %allowed
Invasion Black 14/24-.583; .740; .317
Northern Lights 12/24-.500; .683; .260
3+runs: NL 6, IB 5
missed serves: NL 6, IB 1
NL cut their own throats with six missed serves on the day.

1 Harris 8-7 .533
2 Renshaw 15-7 .682
3 Kopp 9-5 .643
4 Reynolds 6-8 .429
5 Bodenstab 10-9 .526
6 Fay 3-5 .375
totals: 50-41 .549

1 Haben 8-6 .571
2 Fogarty 5-14 .263
3 Lursen 8-10 .444
4 Kent 6-9 .400
5 Chambers 9-6 .600
6 Haugen 6-6 .500
Totals: 41-50 .451

Next up: tomorrow morning. I hope to add the photos later in the day on this and the NL 16 game I posted yesterday.

4 Northern Lights Qualifier Winners

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18 Open: Invasion Black beat Minnesota Select 25-19, 25-17

17 Open: Invasion Black beat Northern Lights 25-18, 25-23....I will have this game up in an out & about (I hope before noon) today.

16 Open: Northern Lights #1 beat Tampa Bay 25-12, 25-15

16 Club: Northern Lights #2 beat TAV 16 Advantage 14-25, 25-17, 15-8

Next up: Later this morning with the 17 Open finals

Monday, April 21, 2008

Out & About: Northern Lights 16/Ascis Mavs

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Today I was able to catch a few games at the Minneapolis Convention Center, host of the Northern Lights Qualifier. Unfortunately I was not able to get to the court (they have 54 courts going on at once) on time. When I did get there I saw the Northern Lights 16 1s beat ASICS Mavs in two 25-17. In game one NL won 25-19. The 16s are primarily from the 2010 class.

NL started off game two with a 3-0 lead after a pair of kills by Katie Froehle and Tori Dixon. Lauren Grant added an ace. Lights were able to get runs of three like this five times in this game while Asics had two three point runs. The Lights gave the Mavs two points in their first four on missed serves. At that time NL led 11-4. The Mavs were able to close to 14-11 on a 7-3 run. Liz Gohde had two straight kills to close the gap for the Mavs. Ashley Wittman had five of the next eight Lights' points, including an ace, to make it 21-13. Grant finished up with three kills in the last four NL points.

Later in the day NL beat Tampa Bay Black 25-12; 25-15 for the championship.
photos: #1. Ashley Wittman hits from the left side. #2. Mollie Geske gets the dig for Northern Lights. #3 Tori Dixon catches the Mavs off guard going down the right line. photos by kja

Rotation; player, School, position, aces-blocks-kills-total
1. Lauren Grant, Eastview, RH 1-0-4---5
2. Katie Froehle, Eden Prairie, OH 0-0-1---1
2br Danielle Dombeck, Farmington 0-0-1----1
3. Tori Dixon, Burnsville, MH 1-1-5---7
3br Kelli Elhardt, Blaine DS 0-0-0---0
4. Molly Kreklow, Blaine, S 0-0-0----0
5. Ashley Wittman, Shakopee, OH 2-1-4---7
6. Natalie Walseth, Simley, MH 0-0-0---0
L: Mollie Geske, Shakopee
totals: 4-2-15---21, 4 points on Asics Mavs errors

totals: 2-0-8--10, 7 points on NL errors

team, fbso/att; fbso%; points, %earned, %allowed
Northern Lights 10/13 .769
Ascis Mavs 5/12 .417
3+runs: NL 5, AM 2
missed serves: NL 3, AM 0

1. Grant 4-2 .667
2. Froehle 4-4 .500
3. Dixon 5-2 .714
4. Kreklow 4-2 .667
5. Wittman 5-3 .625
6. Walseth 3-4 .429
totals: 25-17 .595

I tried to get this story up earlier in the evening, but a thunderstorm complete with lightning kept the computer off line. I also have a story on the Northern Lights 17s competing in their Open championship which I will get up tomorrow.

I also heard from a couple of sources that Molly Kreklow may be headed to Delano.

next up: tomorrow.

Wisconsin 5th on the Beach

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Wisconsin finished 5th at the Collegiate Nationals Beach Championship on Sunday in San Diego. Nikki Klingsporn (Tartan) and Brittney Dolgner were paired together. Texas won the event.

Here are the 8 people being considered for the head volleyball position at Dickinson State. From the Dickinson Press.

The Northern Lights Qualifier wraps up today at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The 18, 17, and 16 open divisions have their championships at 1 pm. Before that their is action at 8, 9, and 10 am.
In the 18s: MN Select and Northern Lights are still battling.
In the 17s: MN Select and Northern Lights (again) are battling.
In the 16s: Northern Lights are still alive.

Next up: tomorrow

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Out & About: Minnesota/Marquette

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Today the Minnesota Gophers hosted a four team event with Marquette, Iowa State, and North Dakota State. Action started bright and early at 8:30 am with the Gophers taking on Marquette. I was there for that contest and the following match with Iowa State and North Dakota. Here is the report

MINNESOTA gophers 3, MARQUETTE warriors 0

The Gophers swept Marquette in a the new 25 point format. The depleted teams experimented and adjusted to new realities. The bench was nonexistent. As it was in game one Marquette led early 2-0. Brooke Dieter had two kills to tie it up. The first 3 point run for the Gophers, who led with 10 on the day, pushed them out to a 5-3 lead and they never trailed after that. They soon added another three point run to make it 8-4 after Dieter's serve. The Gopher side out game had five straight side outs to close the game. Rachel Hartmann serve out the last three points, the last two coming on Marquette hitting errors.

The Gophers opened game two with two kills by Kelly Schmidt and they soon had a 7-3 lead. The five straight side outs carried over into game two with seven of the first eight Marquette serves done in one. Combined with the end of the first game that was 12/13. It was 15-8 at that point. Lauren Gibbemeyer delivered points 16-18 via kills. Then the side out machine started to sputter. Marquette was able to squeeze on point off the next three serves and closed the margin to 21-18. The Gophers had a run of three with a kill by Dieter, Vatterodt and an ace by Christine Tan to put them on the verge 24-18. The Warriors answered with their own run of three thanks in part to two Gopher hitting errors. Gibbemeyer finished the second game with a kill, her 6th of that frame.

Two Marquette hitting errors put the Gophers in front 2-0. Marquette got hot in the side out game stopping the Gophers serve four straight times. That helped put them up 7-6. After a ball handling error, Hartmann served up four straight. There was a disputed call with what looked to be a kill by Cowles ruled a replay in that sequence. After Hartman's run was done it was 11-7. Tan delivered four straight service points to make it 17-10. Marquette had a run of three to respond with a kill by Rabbecka Gonyo followed by two hitting errors. Hartmann, as she did in game one, served out with three straight. Cowles delivered two kills with Schmidt and Cowles combining for a block on the match point.
photos: #1 Gibbemeyer ready to attack. #2 Hartmann in a joust at the net. photos by kja

Minnesota 25 25 25 (75)
Marquette 14 21 16 (51)

Rotation; player, position, aces-blocks-kills-total
1. Hailey Cowles, OH 0-1-13---14
2. Christine Tan, L 1-0-0---1
2fr Kelly Schmidt, MH 0-4.5-5---9.5
3. Katie Vatterodt, RH 0-2.5-6---8.5
4. Brooke Dieter, OH 0-0-3----3
5. Lauren Gibbemeyer, MH 0-5.5-9---14.5
6. Rachel Hartmann, S 0-1.5-3---4.5
totals: 1-15-49---65

Point Errors for Marquette:
Gibbemeyer 6
Dieter 4
Cowles 3
Hartmann 2
Vatterodt 2
Tan 1
Schmidt 1

The fact is Marquette had permanent players in the front row and permanent players in the back row. All teams were short on numbers due to graduation and some nagging injuries (Kyla Roehrig was out for the Gophers for example). At this point I will summarize their point totals, and disregard their service order since it was creative to say the least.
Rabbecka Gonyo 0-4-11---15
Hailey Viola 0-0.5-8---8.5
Laira Akin, 0-1.5-4---5
Jessica Kieser 0-0-2---2
Caryn Mastandrea 0-0-1---1
totals: 0-6-26---32

Hailey Cowles

team, fbso/att; fbso%; points, %earned, %allowed
Minnesota 24/38; .632; 75; .733; .373
Marquette 19/37; .514; 51; .627; .267
3+runs: MN 10, Marquette 2
missed serves: MN 6, Marquette 5

1. Cowles 13-10 .565
2. Tan 17-12 .586
3. Vatterodt 10-6 .625
4. Dieter 11-9 .550
5. Gibbemeyer 8-8 .500
6. Hartmann 16-6 .727
totals: 75-51 .595

I also stayed for the Iowa State vs North Dakota State battle won by ISU 25-23, 25-15, and 19-15. There was automatically three games. There were a few Minnesotans playing for both squads. For ISU, Diane Kieger, a 6-4 middle from Mounds View had 1.5 blocks and 9 kills for 10.5 total points. For NDSU Mattie Johnson of Lakeville North set. Also Kristen Hille of Sauk Rapids hit on the out side. Hille had 17 kills, 1 ace and 1 block for a total of 19 points. In game three Hille had five of the first six points on kills for NDSU as they raced out to a 6-2 lead. Hille ended up with 10 points in game three.
photos: #1. Diane Kieger (#11) for Iowa State. #2. Kristen Hille of NDSU (#12). #3 Mattie Johnson (#8) for NDSU. photos by kja

next up: tomorrow

Gopher Spring Event, Northern Lights Qualifier

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The Sports Performance College Invitational at the Great Lakes Center was the big event on the Saturday calendar. Ohio was one of the 24 teams in action and the Bobcats finished 0-5. Ohio lost to Indiana State and Northwestern in the morning and to North Carolina, Illinois State and DePaul in afternoon bracket play.

Minnesota Spring Tourney Schedule
Marquette vs Minnesota 8:30 a.m.
Iowa State vs. North Dakota State, 10 a.m.
Iowa State vs. Marquette, 11:30 a.m.
North Dakota State vs Minnesota
Marquette vs North Dakota State 3:10 p.m.
Iowa State vs. Minnesota, 4:40 p.m.
All matches held at the Sports Pavillion. Admission is free.

The NLQ is going on this weekend at Minneapolis Convention Center. Here is the schedule.

Here is the list of North Country Regional Qualifiers in PDF format.

Next up: Later today with a report on the Gopher action.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

UMD Awards, Beach Schedule

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Vicky Braegelmann was named Senior Athlete of the year at UM Duluth. Danielle Beckstrand picked up the Rasmussen Award as the school's top-scholar athlete for on the female side.

Wisconsin is the 4th seed in the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships on Sunday. The are in a pool with #1 USC and #5 Clemson.

Next up: Tomorrow

Friday, April 18, 2008

Bloom, Bowman Decide

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Wendy Bowman of Wrenshall has verballed with UW Superior to play volleyball. The 6-0 middle had 215 kills last season. From the Superior Telegram.

Amber Bloom of Carlton has signed to play volleyball at Northern State. She is expected to play on the right side.

Bowman and Bloom are the 41st and 42nd known players from the 2008 Minnesota class. Bowman is the 1st known headed to D3, Bloom is the 22nd player headed to D2.

Illinois has signed Catherine Culligan, a 5-7 libero from Wheaton St. Francis.

Purdue has released their 2008 fall schedule.

Next up: tomorrow

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Beach Volleyball in a Northern State, Gopher Sunday Tournament

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The 2008 Collegiate Nationals event in San Diego is more than just volleyball. The event will have flowboarding, a music fest and new this year an eating contest. The volleyball is the only event with NCAA players.

Wisconsin is headed to the event and are getting ready for the sand by bringing the beach inside.

Marquette is prepping for their appearance at the Gopher Spring tournament this Sunday. It is free and open to the public. Action starts with the Gophers vs Marquette at 8:30 am at the Sports Pavilion. North Dakota State and Iowa State are the other two teams involved in the event.

Next up: tomorrow

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Gopher Signings, Washington State Bound

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Here is the Gopher press release on the latest two signings--Jessica Granquist of Blaine and Pamela Luiz of Limeira, Brazil by way of Frank Phillips College (a 2 year school in Texas).

Here is the official press release from South Dakota State on Andrew Palileo's resignation. He is leaving for Washington State. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader explains why Washington State is a good fit for Palileo.

Also Brian Lamppa is leaving the University of South Dakota. Assistant coach Kevin Marquis will be the interim coach.

Kingsland High School in Spring Valley, MN has a head volleyball coaching position open.

We posted this before, but now the Gophers have added a few more stats to last weekends 2-1 tournament experience down at Iowa State. Brook Dieter had 39 kills and Hailey Cowles 36 more.

Ohio State was 4-0 last weekend to win the Purdue tournament. They only lost one game as they swept three matches.

Indiana has been spending time bonding this spring.

Purdue will be involved with the Great Lakes Center /Sports Performance Collegiate Spring Tournament this weekend. Here are the 24 teams involved: Purdue, Albany, Virginia, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Indiana State, Iowa, Kansas State, Kent State, Louisville, LSU, Marshall, Maryland, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio, Saint Louis, South Carolina, UConn, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Next up: tomorrow

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

South Dakota State and South Dakota Jobs Open

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South Dakota State and South Dakota will both be looking for new head volleyball coaches. SDSU's Andrew Palileo has accepted the job at Washington State and USD head coach Brian Lamppa will join him in as an assistant. From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Illinois State assistant volleyball coach Chris Gaskill is following new Iowa head coach Sharon Dingman to Iowa City. From the Daily Iowan.

Sheboygan Christian, WI junior Liz Egerer has made a verbal to Michigan State. Egerer is a 6-1 OH. From the Sheboygan Press.

Iowa State finished 2-1 in their event last weekend. Their only loss was to Minnesota. ISU travels to Minnesota for the Gophers spring event on Sunday.

Illinois is done with their spring schedule and now are getting ready for a trip to Italy and Slovenia.

St. Thomas scrimmaged their alumni and beat them in five on Saturday.

This banquet will be held on Wednesday at the Prom Center in Oakdale. These are the volleyball players being honored:
Ali Vandercook, Henry Sibley
Jennifer Annoni, Hill-Murray
Lindsey Weaver, Lakeville North
Amanda May, Randolph
Cynthia Caughey, St. Bernard's
Megan Howard, St. Paul Central
Jamie Kasal, St. Paul Johnson
Courtney Kranz, Visitation
For a full list of names check here, and here.

Next up: tomorrow

Monday, April 14, 2008

USA Volleyball Coaching Staff

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USA Volleyball has announced coaching staffs junior national and youth national teams. Former Ohio State Coach Jim Stone is the head youth coach.

Next up: Tomorrow morning

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Gopher Signing & Spring, SDSU Coach on the Move?

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The Gophers received this week signed NLIs from Jessica Granquist of Blaine and Pamela Luiz of Frank Phillips College in Texas.

Luiz was a first team NJCAA Division 1 All-American in 2007 and a second team AA as a freshman. Luiz is a 5-11 right-side hitter from Limeira, Brazil.

That makes four for the 2008 signing class: Alex Blatt (S) from Illinois, Ariana Filho (MB) from Colorado, Granquist, and Luiz

Minnesota was 2-1 Saturday at Iowa State beating the hosts and Northern Iowa, but falling to Creighton.

Ohio dropped two to host Dayton and Louisville yesterday.

South Dakota State volleyball coach Andrew Palileo is one of the ten remaining candidates for the head coaching position at Florida Gulf Coast. SDSU won the Summit League and made it to the NCAA tournament this season. From KSFY in Sioux Falls.

Next up: tomorrow

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Schmit Signs, Iowa State Event, Badgers on the Beach

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Samantha Schmit, of Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah, has signed a letter of intent to play for the North Dakota State College of Science volleyball team in 2008. NDSCS is in Wahpeton. From the Wahpeton Daily News.

Iowa State is hosting a four team event today with Minnesota, Creighton and Northern Iowa. The event starts at 10 am and the final matches take place at 1:30 pm.

Wisconsin will be taking part of the 2008 Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, April 20. The event will be broadcast on CBS on May 25. (Don't ask me why it needs to be delayed a full month). Nikki Klingsporn of Tartan will be one of the Badgers taking part.

Next up: Tomorrow

Friday, April 11, 2008

West, East, North, and South

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Mankato West has an opening for girls volleyball coach.

Here is the Marquette version of events from the Wednesday contest with Wisconsin. (the East)

Minnesota North volleyball team is making a major impact. The 16u team won the Rochester tournament and finished 3rd in the President's Day event in the Twin Cities. From the Pine Journal.
I have added a link for East End Juniors and MN North in the JO links on the right.

Rachel Hockaday a 6-0 outside from Decatur, Ill. (Maroa-Forsyth) has signed with Iowa State. She is the 5th player headed to the Cyclones next season. (the South)

Next up: tomorrow

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Smed, Schuster Sign, Klingsporn Steps Up

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Annika Smed of Albert Lea has signed with North Dakota. Smed is a 6-0 outside hitter. North Dakota is transitioning to D1 this year. From the Albert Lea Tribune.

Tia Schuster of Our Redeemer's in Minot, North Dakota will play volleyball next season at Augsburg. From the Minot Daily News.

Wisconsin's Nikki Klingsporn will be taking over at setter for the Badgers after a redshirt season. Klingsporn was Minnesota's Miss Volleyball in 2005 when she finished her high school career at Tartan. Badger Coach Pete Waite evaluates her talents. From the Badger Herald.

The Badgers beat Marquette last night taking four of the five games.

Wisconsin's Brittney Dolgner will be competing in the 2008 Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship in San Diego on April 20.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association may file for bankruptcy. This results from the volleyball /girls basketball season switch lawsuit. Before the volleyball season was in the winter making it hard to compete in the JO events around the country. The MHSAA's bill is $7.4 million. From the Holland Sentinel

Next up: tomorrow

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Spring Events, Qualifier News, Texas Transfer

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Marquette is hosting Wisconsin today at 6 pm. No admission charge.

On Saturday Purdue will host a 9 team tournament.

The Gopher Volleyball team will host their annual spring tournament on Sunday, April 20, 2008 in the Sports Pavilion. The schedule is as follows:
8:30-9:50 Marquette vs. Minnesota
10-11:20 Iowa State vs. NDSU
11:30-12:50 Marquette vs. Iowa State
12:50-1:20 Break
1:40-3 Minnesota vs. NDSU
3:10-4:30 Marquette vs. NDSU
4:40-6 Minnesota vs. Iowa State
Admission is FREE

The Northern Lights Qualifier will be charging admission this year for the first time. $6/day/person or a three day pass at $15/person. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Convention Center. Purchasing online will cost an extra $1.50 per ticket. For more information check out the Northern Lights site.

The Gophers are rumored to be signing a Texas JUCO player today.

Alexandria's season is reviewed in the Alexandria Echo Press. Maggie Snyder was named the Cardinals MVP.

Jennifer Annoni of Hill-Murray is that school's Athena winner for 2008. Annoni lettered three years in volleyball. From the White Bear Press.

Next up: tomorrow (unless news breaks)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Gaffen Verbals

#2 posting 4.8.2008
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Tia Gaffen of Wayzata has made a verbal to California. The 6-2 Middle originally verballed Georgia Tech in the fall, and decommitted.

Gaffen is the fifth Minnesota High School player in the 2009 class to verbal a D1 school.

next up: tomorrow morning

Iowa State, Ohio State Sweep; No to Rochester

#1 posting 4.8.2008
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At the Northern Iowa spring volleyball tournament last weekend, Iowa State swept the other three Iowa schools. This Saturday ISU hosts Minnesota, Creighton and Northern Iowa.

Ohio State swept the competition at the Indianapolis volleyball tournament last weekend. It was the first time out with new coach Geoff Carlston.

The National Volleyball Center in Rochester is one of the projects hit by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's veto pen. From the StarTribune.

Next up: tomorrow

Monday, April 07, 2008

Assistants Other Lives, Plyometrics

#1 posting 4.7.2008
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Henry Assistant coach Rich Jackson is a police officer in Minneapolis. His main duty is housing inspector. With many empty, foreclosed houses he is busy. Here is a recent example found on KARE 11.

I found this in the Hagerstown, Maryland Herald-Mail about how to improving your jumping with plyometrics.

next up: tomorrow

Sunday, April 06, 2008

A Gopher in China, Nebraska Spring

#1 posting 4.6.2008
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Team USA was 5-3 in China. Former Gopher Cassie Busse is a member of Team USA.

Nebraska split two games in Denver beating New Mexico, but falling to Colorado State yesterday. From the Lincoln Journal Star.

Next up: Tomorrow

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Illinois Set, Qualifier Coming

#1 posting 4.5.2008
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Illinois is experimenting with three setters. They are running a modified 6-2.

The Northern Lights Qualifier will take place on April 19-21.

Next up: Tomorrow

Friday, April 04, 2008

Three Spring Events, New Drake Coach

#1 posting 4.4.2008
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Northern Iowa is hosting an all Iowa volleyball event this weekend. Joining them will be Drake, Iowa and Iowa State. The event starts at 10 am on Saturday.

Further afield North Carolina hosts and event with Tennessee and USAV All Stars. They get an earlier start on Saturday---8 am. Briana Eskola of Columbia Heights is a libero for UNC.

Ohio hosts an event with Marshall, Wheeling Jesuit, Wittenberg attending. They start at 10 am.

Phil McDaniel will be the new coach at Drake. McDaniel was an assistant at South Dakota State last season. From the Des Moines Register.

Here are photos of the Twins first ball ceremony honoring the D2 National champs Concordia St. Paul.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

North Dakota's Spring, Breakdown Volleyball Book

#1 posting 4.3.2008
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North Dakota went 4-0 last weekend at St. Cloud State in their preparation for D1 volleyball this coming fall.

This fall the Breakdown will be putting out the first volleyball preview book. Here is a letter. I know some teams are in transition between coaches. Maybe an interested person at each school should make sure their team is covered. It would be a drag if your school is left out. Here is the letter from the publishers.

If you have not yet submitted your team's information for The BREAKDOWN's first annual volleyball preview, we encourage you to do so soon. Your team will not want to be left out of this publication! We need your information to make it the most comprehensive book on the sport, or as we like to call it, "the encyclopedia of Minnesota high school volleyball."

You may have received our first email or our mailer, but if you have misplaced the information let us know and we can resend the materials. Or else you can just visit our website and work though the online submission form at:

We need your help to make our book the most comprehensive we can by submitting your team and player information for the upcoming season by our April 1st deadline. Thanks again for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email ( or call (763-258-3116).

Tim Kolehmainen, Editor

Get your school's information in there.

next up: tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Seeding the State, Spring Trips

#1 posting 4.2.2008
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The MSHSL approved the seeding of the state volleyball tournament. The top four teams will be seeded in all three classes. Seeding had wide approval when I had the poll question up last fall.

Brittany Stamer of Hutchinson traveled to Italy with Northern Lights on a trip of a lifetime. From the Hutchinson Leader.

Ohio State was 2-2-1 at Chicago last weekend. It was the first time out with new coach Geoff Carlston.

Purdue will be at Indianapolis this weekend.

The D2 National champs Concordia St. Paul volleyball team threw out the first ball for the Minnesota Twins' second game.

Next up: tomorrow

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Indianapolis Invitational

#1 posting 4.1.2008
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Indiana will be one of 8 teams at the Indianapolis Collegiate Invitational this weekend. The event starts at 9 am. The other teams involved include: Pool A: Albany, Dayton, Indiana and Pittsburgh while Pool B is made up of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Purdue and Valparaiso.

Dave Moody has resigned as head volleyball coach at Dickinson State. From the Bismarck Tribune.

Next up: Tomorrow