The Gophers volleyball team, which moved up four spots to No. 1 in this week's NCAA Ratings Percentage Index after weekend victories over Michigan State and Michigan, will put its school-record 12-match winning streak on the line when it plays at Northwestern on Wednesday.
The Gophers (21-3, 13-1 Big Ten) will have to try to keep from looking ahead. They play host to defending NCAA champion Penn State, the No. 1 team in the American Volleyball Coaches Association, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. The Nittany Lions (23-2, 12-2), second in the Big Ten, beat the Gophers 3-2 at Penn State on Sept. 26.
The Gophers remain No. 4 in this week's AVCA poll.
U commits to sign
Three Gophers men's basketball commitments will sign National Letters of Intent this week.
Minnesotans Amir Coffey and Michael Hurt will each sign Wednesday, the first day recruits can sign in the fall period. Coffey will sign at the Lindbergh Center at Hopkins High School at 12:45 p.m. Hurt, a wing, will do the same at 7:30 a.m. at John Marshall in Rochester.
Arkansas forward Eric Curry, meanwhile, will wait until Friday.
The three recruits make up coach Richard Pitino's most lauded recruiting class at Minnesota. Coffey, a 6-7 combo guard ranked 33rd nationally by ESPN, was Pitino's top target and is a potential program-changer. The Gophers beat out the likes of Arizona, Michigan State and Wisconsin for the four-star prospect. The 6-7, 195-pound Curry brings talent to a thin power-forward spot. Minnesota does not have any scholarships left for 2016.
Lechner memorial set
A memorial service for Ed Lechner will be held Monday at House of Hope Church in St. Paul. Lechner, who died last week at 95, played on the 1940 and 1941 Gophers national championship football teams and had a brief NFL stint before becoming the Vikings team dentist.
• The Gophers' Brett Pfarr was named the Big Ten's wrestler of the week. He was 3-0 at 197 pounds in the Gopher Duals on Saturday.
• Leon Bristedt of the Gophers was named the Big Ten's third star of the week in hockey after the sophomore forward scored three goals in a split at Notre Dame.