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The Gophers volleyball team was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s poll released Tuesday. Stanford and Nebraska were Nos. 1 and 2.

Six Gophers starters return from last year’s 27-4 Big Ten title team. The Gophers open their season Aug. 30-31 in Chapel Hill, N.C., at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

You can see the entire poll here.

Whitecaps sign forward

The Whitecaps continue to assemble their roster for the 2019-20 National Women’s Hockey League season, signing former Bemidji State standout Stephanie Anderson. Anderson, a forward from North St. Paul, spent the past two seasons playing for Chinese teams in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, which folded in April.

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John Silviano hit a grand slam in the first inning of the St. Paul Saints’ 10-2 rout of the visiting Winnipeg Goldeyes. Winning pitcher Ryan Zimmerman pitched seven innings, giving up two runs and five hits in front of a franchise-record announced crowd of 10,631.

Kianna Jones, an incoming Gophers freshman from Surrey, British Columbia, pitched two scoreless innings for a save as Canada beat Mexico 4-0 in the U19 Women’s Softball World Cup in Irvine, Calif. She also was 2-for-3 as a hitter and scored a run for Canada (4-0).

• Former Gopher Matt Rachey was named an assistant coach on the men’s golf team.

Brian Power was named the St. Olaf men’s track and field coach. He has led the Hanover (Ind.) College men’s and women’s programs the past eight seasons.