Patrick Reusse called Monday night around 7. It was bad timing (middle of a run to Target with a 2-year-old), so I let it go. A minute later, he texted. “Call me” was all it said.
That was the plan, but Reusse beat me to it. An hour later, he called again. This time, I figured I’d better answer it. “I’ve got something great for RandBall,” he bellowed. When he says this, he’s usually right.
So here it is:
By now, you might have seen the final point of the Gophers’ volleyball team’s sweep of UCLA that sent Minnesota to the Final Four. It was a booming spike, and it unfortunately caught a Bruins player right in the face.
— Nadine Babu (@NadineBabu) December 11, 2016
Nobody wants to lose, but losing like that makes it even a little worse.
But here’s the part Reusse was breathlessly eager to report: the poor UCLA player who served the ball and then took the return in the face is Ryann Chandler.
She happens to be the daughter of former NFL QB Chris Chandler — yes, the same one who quarterbacked the Falcons to the NFC title game victory over the Vikings after the 1998 season.
Wait! Further research says she’s also the granddaughter of former 49ers QB John Brodie, who beat the 12-2 Vikings 17-14 in the 1970 playoffs.
For her part, Ryann seems to be taking the painful play in stride — at least if her most recent retweet is any clue!
Finals week is hitting everyone like… pic.twitter.com/qLLfCgUc59
— Mitch Hechsel (@Mitch_Hex) December 12, 2016