The No. 16 Gophers volleyball program made a winner of new coach Hugh McCutcheon in his first weekend with the team, sweeping Albany 25-13-, 25-16, 25-12 to win the Diet Coke Classic on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion in front of 3,862 fans.
Ashley Wittman was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Tori Dixon and Katherine Harms also were named to the all-tournament team. The Gophers improved to 5-0.
The Gophers hit .420 to Albany's .073. The U had 47 kills on 88 attempts and 10 errors, while the Great Danes had 20 kills on 82 attempts and 14 attack errors. The Gophers also had six aces in the match, two of which came from Dixon. The Gophers led the block category at 8.5 to 4.0.
Anna Eames, a student at Gustavus Adolphus, finished in sixth place in the women's 100-meter butterfly final S10 division with a time of 1:10:57.
Ian Lynch of Brooklyn Park and the rest of the U.S. men's wheelchair basketball team beat South Africa 91-29 in the Group A preliminary game.
Wheelchair tennis player Jon Rydberg of Oakdale beat Agustin Ledesma 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the round of 64.
The U.S. women's wheelchair basketball team beat Mexico 67-33 to become the first to secure their place in the quarterfinals. Competing on the team are Sarah Binsfield of Whitewater, Wis., and Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minn., who, at 16, is the youngest person ever to be selected for the U.S. team.
Stars play to a draw
Minnesota Stars FC gave up a goal in the 69th minute and settled for a 1-1 draw with the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Midfielder Hans Denissen scored the tying goal after the Stars' Amani Walker made a sliding shot in the 33rd minute.
The Stars (7-8-9) are sixth in the standings; San Antonio (12-5-7) is in first by four points.
The St. Paul Saints beat Wichita 8-3 at Midway Stadium but were eliminated from American Association playoff contention because Winnipeg beat Fargo-Moorhead 5-1 to clinch the wild-card berth with two games left in the regular season.