After coming into the spring season unranked, the Gophers have certainly put themselves on the map in the NCVF, earning themselves a #7 national ranking. Following a 7-2 finish at Big Ten Round Robins at Purdue in March, Minnesota entered the BTMVA Championship Tournament as the second seed. An easy win over Northwestern and a tight 3-set loss to Illinois set the Gophers up for a quarterfinal against Ohio State. Minnesota made quick work of OSU, beating them for the first time since 2012, and then swept Purdue in the semis to set up a rematch with Illinois in the BTMVA Championship match. Although the Gophers jumped out to an early lead and easily took set 1, Illinois took control of the second and third sets and defeated Minnesota to win the BTMVA Championship trophy.
Looking forward, Minnesota will travel to Purdue to compete in the MIVA championships on March 26th and 27th, the final tournament before Nationals in Louisville in April.
Full results for the BTMVA Round Robin and Championship tournaments can be found at these links:
Look forward to updates to the site over the next few days including rosters, pictures, more detailed results, stories about last weekend's trip, and spring semester schedules! For now, the Big Ten team's tentative spring schedule has been posted.
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The University of Minnesota men's volleyball club has accepted an invitation to play in a volleyball tournament hosted by the University of California Los Angeles this fall.
Both the A and B teams will head to Los Angeles Nov. 6-8 to play in the two-day tournament at UCLA.
This trip will replace the other typical fall trips the Gophers take, including the Hardwood Classic at Michigan State University.
Schools already confirmed for the tournament include Cal Poly, Arizona State, University of California Santa Barbara, Arizona and Boston College among others.
"We've been planning a big trip like this for the last four years," senior Jeff Hochstein said. "So, to see this trip come into fruition is a big deal for us. We can't wait to go."
Hot off a 2nd place finish at the Big Ten conference tournament, the A-team was primed for another top finish at the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships at Purdue University.
And that's exactly what the Gophers did, knocking off two top-10 teams en route to a 3rd place finish.
Minnesota came in as the No. 2 seed in its pool with Marquette as the top seed, Dayton at No. 3 and Northern Illinois at No. 4.
The Gophers swept Northern Illinois 25-22, 25-20 and Dayton 25-19, 25-23 before the mid-afternoon break.
In a heated, close match with No. 9 Marquette, the Gophers eventually lost in three: 25-22, 23-25, 11-15.
The loss cemented Minnesota in 2nd place for the pool and into a crossover match with Purdue, who went undefeated in pool play, for a rematch of the Big Ten conference tournament final.
With revenge in mind, Minnesota upset No. 5 Purdue on its home court 25-22, 25-20 to secure a top-4 seed for Sunday's bracket play. And a long day at the gym Saturday wouldn't hold the Gophers back Sunday.
Minnesota played arguably its cleanest match of the season in a 25-14, 25-13 trouncing of Michigan State.
Then, the Gophers followed that up with another quarterfinals victory in the Border Battle vs. No. 8 Wisconsin, winning both games by a score of 25-21.
After that, Minnesota matched up with No. 6 Ohio State again for a chance to play in the MIVAs finals. But Ohio State proved to be too much for Minnesota to handle, winning 25-18, 25-19 over the maroon and gold.
With another strong finish, it's likely the Gophers will move up again in the NCVF rankings released April 1 and secure a 1- or 2-seed for the NCVF National Tournament set to begin April 9.
Minnesota's performance at the Big Ten conference tournament Saturday apparently captured the attention of the NCVF community.
In the most recent edition of the Mizuno Men's Division I poll, Minnesota jumped from unranked to No. 14.
The Gophers will travel to Purdue University for the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships March 28-29.
Over a month removed from an underwhelming 4-5 showing at the Big Ten Round Robins, the A-team bounced back at the Big Ten Championships in a very B1G way.
Despite starting the day in 6th place, Minnesota fought and clawed its way to the championship match before falling in 3 games to reigning champion Purdue.
The Gophers began the day in a 3-team pool with top-seeded Ohio State and Iowa.
Despite dropping the first game 12-25 against Iowa, Minnesota bounced back to win the match 2-1.
Ohio State, who has held its own against Minnesota all season, swept the Gophers 25-14, 25-21.
From there, Minnesota squared off against Illinois in the quarterfinals. The Gophers took care of business though, defeating Illinois 25-19, 25-21 to avenge a loss in the exact same quarterfinal match of last year's Big Ten conference tournament.
In the semifinals, Minnesota met Wisconsin in what has been an increasingly intense rivalry over the last few years.
Wisconsin jumped out to a hot start, taking Game 1 with a 25-17 win, but the Gophers wouldn't go down without a fight. Minnesota came out rejuvenated and determined to win this installment of the Border Battle, and that's exactly what they did. The Gophers won Game 2 25-20 and Game 3 15-11.
Minnesota's appearance in the championship game was its first since 1998, and the Gophers had chances to claim the title despite playing without outside hitter Jeff Hochstein, who had battled a heavy illness all day.
The Gophers took control of the match winning Game 1 25-18, but Purdue came storming back to take Game 2 by the exact same score. It only seemed fitting that the championship go down to a pivotal Game 3.
And from the start, Minnesota seemed destined to win. The Gophers held an 8-3 lead when the teams switched sides, but they couldn't hold onto it, losing to Purdue 12-15.
Below are the results for both teams in the 2013-2014 season.
Big Ten Team
Date Event/Location Opponent Scores Sets
10/5 MU Throwdown MSOE 25-23, 23-25, 10-15 1-2
Lewis 25-16, 25-13 2-0
Marquette 1 26-24, 25-20 2-0
UW-Madison 1 17-25, 17-25 0-2
Tournament Finish: 8th
10/12 Chaos in the Cornfield UNI 25-16, 25-14 2-0
(Iowa State) Iowa State Gold 25-14, 25-11 2-0
UMN-NIVC 25-11, 25-17 2-0
Nebraska 21-25, 22-25 0-2
Tournament Finish: 5th
2/8-2/9 Big 10 Round Robin Purdue 17-24, 24-26 0-2
(at Purdue) Ohio State 21-25, 20-25 0-2
Northwestern 25-19, 26-24 2-0
Michigan 25-20, 19-25, 13-15 1-2
Iowa 25-18, 17-25, 17-15 2-1
Illinois 25-16, 25-18 2-0
UW-Madison 1 25-20, 26-24 2-0
Indiana 25-21, 25-19 2-0
Michigan State 28-26, 22-25, 15-9 2-1
Tournament Finish: 3rd
3/8 Big 10 Championships Indiana 25-14, 25-14 2-0
(at Northwestern) Wisconsin 25-21, 18-25, 15-11 2-1
Illinois 22-25, 13-25 0-2
Tournament Finish: T-5th
3/22-3/23 MIVA Championships
4/3-4/5 NCVF National Championship
Tournament Finish: 19th
Date Event/Location Opponent Scores Sets
10/5 MU Throwdown Baileys 11-25, 17-25 0-2
Illinois State 1 11-25, 12-25 0-2
Lakeland 2 0-2
UW-Milwaukee 1 0-2
10/12 Chaos in the Cornfield Iowa 0-2
(at Iowa State) Iowa State Cardinal 0-2
UMN-Big Ten 11-25, 17-25 0-2
2/8 Duluth Open St. Olaf
2/16 Bethel Open
3/1-3/2 Jose Jones Memorial
3/15-3/16 NIVC Conference
4/3-4/5 NCVF National Championships
Tournament Finish: T-20th
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