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Both rival coaches expected a great final — and it was that, going the distance at Target Center.
Seeking its sixth NCAA title and its third in the past four years, Nebraska rules the college volleyball world in other ways as well, including a 29-station radio network.
The sudden end didn't diminish Hugh McCutcheon's pride in a season that will be remembered as one of the Gophers' best ever. The team finished 19-1 in the Big Ten and recorded the most league victories in program history.
After sweeping its first three foes in the NCAA tournament, Nebraska did it again Saturday, defeating Oregon 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 in the regional finals at Maturi Pavilion to reach its fourth consecutive Final Four.
Oregon was one of only three teams to beat the Gophers this season.
As fans grow more excited at the possibility of watching the Gophers make the Final Four at Target Center, coach Hugh McCutcheon is trying to manage those expectations.
Gophers senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson was named Big Ten MVP while coach Hugh McCutcheon nabbed another top honor.
Jackson Erdmann has passed for 40 touchdowns this season, second most in the nation, and his 2,727 passing yards lead the MIAC. It is off the field, though, where Erdmann considers himself a true warrior.
The second pair, Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin, has become an exceptional shutdown tandem through the first 21 games, but coach Bruce Boudreau is willing to reshuffle the top four.
Kirill Kaprizov, 21, was drafted by the Wild in and is perhaps the team's most highly anticipated prospect. "He's going to be a terrific player for us,'' Paul Fenton said.
The third-ranked Gophers made quick work of the error-prone Boilermakers in a packed Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, a night coach Hugh McCutcheon skipped his International Volleyball Hall of Fame induction.
As the successful regular season winds down, freshmen CC McGraw and Adanna Rollins have been key to the Gophers' success.
Eric Staal has 399 career NHL goals, and his next will make him the sixth active NHL player and 96th overall to reach the 400-goal mark. It could come as soon as Saturday
Freshman Adanna Rollins had 20 kills and 14 digs to lead the way for the third-ranked Gophers, and Stephanie Samedy added 13 kills against the No. 5 Cornhuskers.
The Gophers enter Saturday's match against No. 5 Nebraska with a 15-2 record, sweeping eight of their first nine Big Ten opponents. But there's five weeks to go before the 64-team NCAA tournament field is announced.
The Gophers opened a homestand with another victory over a top opponent.
The Wild was outshot 82-51 in a loss at Colorado and shootout loss to Las Vegas.
Former Minnesota Duluth forward Katie McGovern scored the Whitecaps' first goal on a power play, much to the delight of a 1,200-fan sellout.
Tierney Wolfgram, the two-time defending Class 1A cross-country champion, was the youngest woman in the top 25 by eight years, and one of two Minnesota teens to finish in the top 50.
Faced with a classic dilemma — and with little time to consider his choices — Shadrack Kipchirchir asked himself: Should I stay, or should I go?
Shadrack Kipchirchir, Leonard Korir and Sara Hall hit the finish line almost simultaneously at last October's TC 10 Mile. All will be back on Sunday morning.
This summer, Charlie Coyle some intensive study in the art of creating more quality chances — and putting them in the net
Knowing what to expect in the NHL has allowed the young Wild forward to think only about showing he is ready to make a significant leap.
Veteran defenseman Matt Bartkowski has remained positive despite some idle times while playing for NHL teams.
In a loaded conference — seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 18 in the country — this match was just as fierce and thrilling as coach Hugh McCutcheon expected.
After four knee surgeries and a lot of sitting, Taylor Morgan has turned into a force.
The big rookie skated between Joel Eriksson Ek and Charlie Coyle in Monday night's game in Winnipeg.
The veteran defenseman continues to be a mentor for his younger Wild teammates as he prepares for his ninth pro season.
The Gophers are heading to the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge at Stanford, where they will play No. 18 Oregon on Friday and No. 4 Stanford on Sunday.
Life hasn't been the same for Team Shuster since winning Olympic gold in curling.
Call heavy favorite Mr. Jagermeister's triumph another growth spurt for the Minnesota colt.
Mr. Jagermeister is being hailed as one of the best Minnesota-bred thoroughbreds in years. The bay has won five of seven starts at Canterbury, including three blowout victories in state-bred stakes.
University of Minnesota leaders are launching new strategies to entice fans amid a multimillion-dollar drop in vital sports like men's basketball, football and men's hockey.
St. Thomas, which has won 28 consecutive MIAC games and three straight conference titles, is tied with St. John's for the longest string in league history.
The Gophers got a match-high 14 kills from sophomore Stephanie Samedy against Florida State at Target Center, the most potent weapon in a balanced attack.
National-power Minnesota opens the season against tough opponents this weekend at Target Center, where the volleyball Final Four will be held in December.
Ryan Suter, Zach Parise and Luke Kunin are all recovering from different injuries. New GM Paul Fenton wouldn't reveal specifics but said each is progressing.
Hugh McCutcheon, 48, already has coached the American men to an Olympic gold medal, the U.S. women to silver and the Gophers to two Final Fours.
The NHL team will assist the NWHL team with marketing, promotions and practice rink hosting.
The Lynx have one of the WNBA's toughest remaining schedules, reducing the margin of error for a team that has struggled to find its footing.
Former castoff Allie Quigley honored her late father with on-target shooting in Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game and the three-point contest
WNBA president Lisa Borders said she wants to see the league's players paid more, adding that both the fans and the league are responsible for making that happen.
The newest NWHL team also signed American standout Kendall Coyne Schofield.
The average career in the WNBA is only 3½ years, and 2018 salaries range from about $41,000 to $115,500. Having a plan for life after basketball is a message spread by the league's veterans.
Chad Kerley conquered pressure, dethroned BMX Street champ.
Ronda (Curtin) Engelhardt, the former head coach at Breck School, will coach the NWHL team along with Jack Brodt. Robb Stauber, head coach of the gold-medal winning U.S. women's team, said he "decided not to take the job."
Gophers AD Mark Coyle on Wednesday briefed the U of M Board of Regents about athletic and academic achievements. "It's nice when you have good news to tell," he said.
The NWHL's newest team has a new home. The TRIA Rink in St. Paul can hold 1,200 fans.
The Minnesota Whitecaps, formed in 2004, are joining the National Women's Hockey League, bringing the highest level of pro women's hockey to the state for the first time.
Fourteen months after a terrifying accident at the end of a race, Paul Nolan is navigating rehab and steep health care costs.
Hannah Brandt and Lee Stecklein, 2018 Olympic gold medalists, whose signings will be announced Wednesday, share a long-running association with the NWHL's newest franchise.
Landing the league's premier goalie marks an auspicious beginning to the free-agent signing period for Whitecaps, who are joining the National Women's Hockey League.
A Twin Cities couple paid a big price to breed their mare to 2015 Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah. The first reaction to the newborn colt last month on the farm: "Oh, my goodness."
With the status of the 2019 Houston Open still undecided, Minnesota will have to wait a little longer to find out whether a PGA Tour event will be coming to the state next summer.
The champion of Running Aces Harness Park will be back for his 10th season, starting Saturday.
Minnesota was wildly inconsistent over the first two months of this season, going 12-13 before a surge that ended with the Gophers finishing second in the Big Ten.
A few days before Canterbury Park was scheduled to open for training, superintendent Ken Brown spent 15 hours removing snow from the track. It's all gone now, and live racing returns Friday.
The way the Sooners sophomore from Little Canada won her NCAA title last weekend put an exclamation point on an extraordinary season.
The second-ranked Gophers entered the Big Ten meet with visions of winning a team title. They finished an unhappy fifth, with only two weeks to get their minds right before the NCAAs.
Eric Staal says he's more worried about helping to keep the Wild alive in the playoffs than Josh Morrissey's nasty hit.
Connor Hellebuyck bounced back from Sunday's stinker with shutout win over the Wild in Game 4 and has a chance at the league's Vezina Trophy
The size and judgment of Jets defensemen Dustin Byfuglien keep Wild players alert.
Back home as a gold medalist, Jessie Diggins rolled down Main Street in the back of a white pickup, the Olympic medalist reveled in Saturday's snowflakes as if they were nature's ticker tape.
The center ended last spring's brief postseason run in the hospital, where he was taken after a frightening headfirst crash into the boards during a Game 5 loss to St. Louis.
The poise Spurgeon could offer the defensemen during the playoff series against the Jets would be a major lift to the Wild if he is able to suit up for Game 1 Wednesday at Winnipeg.
UMD's Blake Young played for the Battleford North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, of which Humboldt is a member
The Frozen Four's most outstanding player leaves it all on the ice for his last game
Language intrigue notwithstanding, Ivy Lu and Lexy Ramler are winners.
Thursday's victory moved the Bulldogs' record to 7-3 in those nail-biters. To get to the Frozen Four, they beat Minnesota State Mankato 3-2 in overtime and defeated Air Force 2-1 in the West Regional.
A lot of people can do the things Shane Wiskus does, but few can make it look so effortless
Wild expects Jordan Greenway to be huge (6-6) boost down stretch.
The Longhorns surged past California and Indiana in the closest finish in 16 years, scoring 449 points to beat the Bears (437.5) and the Hoosiers (422).
A strong final day lifted the Gophers to 67 points. Three individuals — Conner McHugh, Bowe Becker and Nick Yang — advanced to the championship or consolation finals.
Indiana, 50 years after era of swimming dominance, is poised to win title again.
He came back from a foot injury and a three-month break to win on the 3-meter board.