The Gophers are ranked 23rd in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll announced Monday.

After season-opening losses to Texas A&M and then-No. 2 Stanford, Minnesota (5-2) has won five in a row, including sweeps of its past four opponents. The Gophers are one of eight ranked Big Ten teams, topped by No. 1 Penn State, No. 4 Nebraska and No. 6 Illinois.

•Senior outside hitter Daly Santana and freshman setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson each received Big Ten weekly awards. Santana was the co-player of the week, while Seliger-Swenson shared freshman of the week honors.

Vining fifth in debut

Freshman Tom Vining placed fifth at 4-over-par 217 in his college debut, and the Gophers men's golf team's main entry placed 14th at the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club. The Gophers' second team, which included Vining, placed 15th.

Oklahoma won with a team score of 2-over 854, with Max McGreevy, at 7-under 206, taking medalist honors. Runner-up California was 21 shots back.

•Gophers sophomore Celia Kuenster took the overall lead at 4-under 140 at the women's Minnesota Invitational at the Minikahda Club. The Gophers were fifth as a team, 11 shots behind Purdue entering Tuesday's final round.

St. Francis gymnast to compete in '16 Games

Rhythmic gymnast Kiana Eide of St. Francis was part of the U.S. team that finished 13th in the group competition Saturday at the world rhythmic gymnastics championships, qualifying the Americans to compete at the 2016 Olympics.

Eide and her five teammates were the highest-scoring team from North America or South America at the championships in Stuttgart, Germany, which placed them among 10 countries to earn Olympic berths.

•Steven Hartman of Falcon Heights and Kyle Ronchak of Arden Hills were selected to U.S. Speedskating's national long-track team for the 2015-16 season. Both are members of St. Paul's Midway Speedskating Club.

•The U.S. women's wheelchair basketball team, featuring Rose Hollermann of Elysian, won the U.S. Olympic Committee's "Best of August'' honor as team of the month for its performance at the Parapan American Games in Toronto. Hollermann led the Americans through a dominant tournament, scoring a team-high 37 points as the U.S. won the gold medal and qualified for a berth in the 2016 Paralympics.

RACHEL BLOUNT