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Gophers hitters Stephanie Samedy (16 kills), Jenna Wenaas (14) and Airi Miyabe (11) were not just powerful but varied in their depth and angles of attack in defeating Stanford.
Friday night's Gophers sweep set up a second-round matchup with the Cardinal that is more typically reserved for the final weekend of the tournament.
The Gophers are doing what was expected, opening the NCAA volleyball tournament tonight as the No. 12 overall seed. But it wasn't an easy road to get there.
The Gophers first-round matchup with South Dakota has the regional headline, but the other half of the bracket features Iowa State facing nine-time NCAA champion Stanford.
Stephanie Samedy is the first player in program history to win the award in two straight seasons. Libero CC McGraw was also named First Team All-Big Ten.
The Gophers, back in the NCAA tournament for the seventh consecutive season, will face South Dakota in the first round. Stanford and Iowa State also will face off at Maturi Pavilion.
Coach Hugh McCutcheon isn't getting caught up in RPI or rankings as the team prepares to learn its seed for the NCAA tournament next week.
The NCAA tournament field will be announced this Sunday, but first Minnesota has key matchups at Penn State and Maryland to close out the Big Ten regular season.
The conference has six teams within three games of each other atop the standings. All six are ranked in the top 15 nationally.
Minnesota has won six in a row in conference play, the Boilermarkers five straight, and both teams are jostling for position at the top of the Big Ten standings.