The Gophers volleyball team moved up to No. 3 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll Monday, after its victory at Nebraska on Saturday night.
The Gophers (12-2) have won seven matches in a row and at 6-0 sit alone atop the Big Ten. They flipped spots in the poll with the Cornhuskers, who fell to No. 5.
The Gophers’ Samantha Seliger-Swenson was named Big Ten co-setter of the week after she had 75 assists in two victories. It was the senior’s third weekly award this season. Adanna Rollins was named freshman of the week for the second time after she led the Gophers with 24 kills, including a career-high 17 at Nebraska.
On Friday, the Gophers will face a top-10 team for the fifth time this season when they play host to No. 7 Illinois. The Gophers have beaten Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin and lost at Stanford.
• Gophers quarterback Zack Annexstad aggravated a left ankle injury Saturday against Iowa, but football coach P.J. Fleck expects the freshman to continue starting. “It’s good. Tough kid,’’ Fleck said. “It’s going to bother him here and there. It’s not going to just go away.” … The Gophers’ Oct. 20 game at Nebraska will begin at 2:30 p.m. and be televised on BTN.
• The Gophers men’s hockey team moved up seven spots to No. 6 in the United States College Hockey Online poll, after winning one game and tying another against Minnesota Duluth to open the season. The Bulldogs, the preseason No. 1, fell to No. 3, replaced at the top by Ohio State, which has yet to begin its season.
• Whitecaps forward Hannah Brandt was named NWHL player of the week after the former Gophers and Olympic standout scored twice in a sweep of the Metropolitan Riveters to open the season.