Minnesota Golden Gophers women's volleyball
|Minnesota Golden Gophers
|University||University of Minnesota|
|Head coach||Hugh McCutcheon (Fourth year)|
|Home arena||Sports Pavilion (Capacity: 5,700)|
|Colors||Maroon and Gold
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Runner Up|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|2003, 2004, 2009, 2015|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1989, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
The program began its first season in 1972 under head coach Dee Jilek. Its current head coach is Hugh McCutcheon, who took over the team after the 2012 Olympics. Previous coach Mike Hebert had led the Golden Gophers to every NCAA Tournament, with the exception of 1998, when he was head coach of the team. His tenure was highlighted by back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances in 2003 and 2004. Hebert also led Minnesota the program's first Big Ten title in 2002.
At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Hebert announced his retirement.
Final Four appearances
Even with a 13 overall tournament seed, Minnesota beat Washington in the regional final in five games to advance to the school's first NCAA Final Four. In the national semifinals, Minnesota played top ranked and undefeated Southern California tough, but fell in three games. Minnesota was led by Cassie Busse with 23 kills and Erin Martin with 11.
The tournament's #4 overall seed, Minnesota defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State in the regional final to advance to their second straight national semifinal. Once again, they met Southern California, but the outcome was different than the previous year. Behind 18 kills from Minnesota's Erin Martin, the Golden Gophers defeated the two-time defending NCAA Champions in four games to advance to the programs first NCAA National Championship.
In the final against Stanford, Minnesota could not stop Ogonna Nnamani and struggled to find an offensive rhythm, falling in three straight games to finish as national runners-up. Despite leaving the match against Stanford with a neck injury, Minnesota All-American libero Paula Gentil set an NCAA tournament record for digs in the NCAA tournament with 173 total in six matches.
Minnesota, the 11th seed, earned its third Final Four appearance since 2003 by defeating 3rd seeded Florida State 3–1 (25–20, 25–7, 18–25, 25–17). This appearance marks the second time Minnesota has qualified for the Final Four via playing on its home court: "The Sports Pavilion" – the first time occurred during the 2004 tournament. Minnesota was knocked out of the National Semifinals by Texas in three sets.
After a frustrating 2014 season that saw the Golden Gophers miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998, Minnesota started the season unranked in the AVCA preseason poll, and was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten. Under the stewardship of Big Ten Coach of the Year and AVCA Coach of the Year Hugh McCutcheon, and led by the play of four AVCA All-Americans, Minnesota trumped all expectations, on its way to an 18–2 Big Ten conference record that was the best in its history and earned the program its second ever Big Ten conference championship, the first one since 2002. The Golden Gophers entered the NCAA Tournament with a 26–4 record that earned them the top seed in their bracket and the No. 2 overall seed. After dropping just one set in regional play, Minnesota arrived at the Final Four in Omaha, Nebraska, where it lost in the National Semifinals to the Texas Longhorns.
- 1996 – Katrien DeDecker (1st team)
- 1999 – Nicole Branagh (2nd team)
- 2000 – Nicole Branagh (2nd team); Stephanie Hagen (2nd team)
- 2002 – Cassie Busse (2nd team); Paula Gentil (3rd team)
- 2003 – Cassie Busse (1st team); Paula Gentil (2nd team)
- 2004 – Kelly Bowman (1st team); Paula Gentil (1st team)
- 2006 – Meredith Nelson (2nd team)
- 2008 – Brook Dieter (2nd team); Lauren Gibbemeyer (3rd team)
- 2009 – Lauren Gibbemeyer(1st team); Taylor Carico (3rd team)
- 2011 – Ashley Wittman (2nd team); Tori Dixon (honorable mention)
- 2012 – Katherine Harms (1st team); Tori Dixon (2nd team); Ashley Wittman (honorable mention)
- 2015 – Hannah Tapp (1st team); Daly Santana (1st team); Samantha Selinger-Swenson (2nd team); Paige Tapp (3rd team)
|1981||Linda Wells||37–19||8–6 (4th)|
|1982||Stephanie Schleuder||23–9||8–5 (T-2nd-West)|
|1983||Stephanie Schleuder||15–16||6–7 (3rd-West)|
|1984||Stephanie Schleuder||16–16||4–9 (4th-West)|
|1985||Stephanie Schleuder||22–12||11–7 (4th)|
|1986||Stephanie Schleuder||21–11||13–5 (2nd)|
|1987||Stephanie Schleuder||24–11||12–6 (3rd)|
|1988||Stephanie Schleuder||21–10||11–7 (T-2nd)|
|1989||Stephanie Schleuder||29–9||13–5 (T-2nd)||NCAA Second Round|
|1990||Stephanie Schleuder||8–26||2–16 (9th)|
|1991||Stephanie Schleuder||14–16||11–8 (5th)|
|1992||Stephanie Schleuder||25–12||13–7 (4th)|
|1993||Stephanie Schleuder||14–10||14–6 (T-3rd)||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1994||Stephanie Schleuder||21–15||10–10 (6th)|
|1995||Pam Miller-Dombeck||13–17||7–13 (8th)|
|1996||Mike Hebert||24–11||14–6 (4th)||NCAA Second Round|
|1997||Mike Hebert||23–10||12–8 (T-5th)||NCAA Second Round|
|1998||Mike Hebert||17–14||7–13 (8th)|
|1999||Mike Hebert||27–9||15–5 (2nd)||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2000||Mike Hebert||30–4||17–3 (2nd)||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2001||Mike Hebert||19–13||10–10 (T-6th)||NCAA Second Round|
|2002||Mike Hebert||32–6||17–3 (1st)||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2003||Mike Hebert||26–11||15–5 (T-2nd)||NCAA Final Four|
|2004||Mike Hebert||33–5||17–3 (T-2nd)||NCAA Runners-Up|
|2005||Mike Hebert||25–8||14–6 (T-3rd)||NCAA Second Round|
|2006||Mike Hebert||26–8||17–3 (T-2nd)||NCAA Regional Final|
|2007||Mike Hebert||18–13||11–9 (T-3rd)||NCAA First Round|
|2008||Mike Hebert||27–7||16–4 (2nd)||NCAA Second Round|
|2009||Mike Hebert||28–9||15–5 (3rd)||NCAA Final Four|
|2010||Mike Hebert||26–9||14–6 (T-2nd)||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2011||Laura Bush||20–12||11–9 (5th)||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2012||Hugh McCutcheon||27–8||15–5 (3rd)||NCAA Regional Final|
|2013||Hugh McCutcheon||29–7||15–5 (3rd)||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2014||Hugh McCutcheon||19–12||9–11 (8th)|
|2015||Hugh McCutcheon||30–5||18–2 (1st)||NCAA Final Four|
- "Our Brand, How to convey it". umn.edu. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
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