Jeffers hosts Pepperdine, Washington, at Diet Coke Classic

Jeffers hosts Pepperdine, Washington, at Diet Coke Classic

Minneapolis – The No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten) will close out the non-conference list by finishing 22nd in Pepperdine (7-2, 0-0 WCC) and RV Washington State (7-1, 0). -0 Pac-12) in Diet Coke Classic. Last year, Gophers swept St. Thomas and Iowa to go undefeated in the event.


No. 6 Minnesota vs No. 22 Pepperdine | 7 PM CT | B1G +
Thursday 15 September
Matori Suite
Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Radio: Tanner Hoops (Gopher Radio Network)

Broadcasting information about Washington state

No. 6 Minnesota vs (RV) Washington State | 7:30 PM CT | B1G +
Saturday 17th September
Matori Suite
Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Radio: Tanner Hoops (Gopher Radio Network)

Numbers to know:

259 – Coach Minnesota Hugh McCutchen He holds a collegiate training record of 259-67 (.800) and has led Minnesota to two major championships, three Final Fours, nine trips to the Sweet 16 and five to the Elite Eight. He joins Mike Hebert (1996-2011; 381-136 (.737)) and Stephanie Schleuder (1982-1994; 263-173 (.603)) as the third coach in Minnesota history to win 250 games. Hebert also led the “U” team to three finals.
26 – The 2021 season marked the 26th year that the Golden Gophers advanced to the NCAA Championship. Minnesota has also advanced to the championship in seven consecutive seasons and nine out of 10 seasons under a coach Hugh McCutchen.
19 – Among the 31 games scheduled in Minnesota against 2021 NCAA Championship teams. 12 of those matches are against teams that have advanced to Sweet 16 or more.
16-16 of 31 games for the Gophers versus teams that finished in the top 25 at the AVCA. Seven of those matches are against teams in the top ten.
7 – Of the eight non-conference games in Minnesota against teams that made the 2021 NCAA Championship. TCU is the only team that fails to qualify.
6 – Of the eight teams Minnesota has played in non-conference play, they will be ranked at game time.
5 – the fifth year of senior Liberians CC McGraw It ranks #5 of all time in Minnesota with 1,619 career pits. She’s only 381 years away from becoming the second gopher and tenth female gopher player ever to reach that far.
4 – Transfers were added to the mix in 2022. Erica Davis (MB, Ohio), Elise McGee (S, KS), Miranda Fucherer (S/RS, N. Kentucky) and Naya Gross (MB, Michigan) are the plugins.
3 – Gopher won the All-Big Ten Awards last season. The first All-Big Ten team has been honored five times Stephanie Samidi leave, but CC McGraw (first team) and Jenna Winas (Team Two) is back.
2 – Conference opponents Minnesota plays twice: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin.
1 – Minnesota Conference opponents play once: Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Rutgers.

The last time

• The Gophers dropped No. 18 in Oregon Friday night in the Pav to open the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. Taylor Landveer He had 28 kills with nine holes while Mel Schaffmaster had 51 passes with 21 holes (equal to his highest career level) in the four set win.
• Minnesota stumbled Saturday night against the 11th seed Stanford, falling in four sets. Landfair led the Gophers, which scored a season low of .107 on the night, with 15 kills.

scout pepper

• Pepperdine is led by Scott Wong, who was appointed head coach of Waves in December of 2014. He entered his eighth season at the helm of Waves in 2022.
• Last season in 2021, Wong led Pepperdine to the team’s third NCAA Championship appearance in four years after accumulating the 22-6 record with a 14-4 WCC production and second place in the league.
• The waves in the all WCC prep team were highlighted by three players – Rachel Arens, Meg Brown and Isabel Zelaya. They all took home the post-season awards after the 2021 campaign, with Ahrens earning AVCA All-American honors.

Scouting Washington State

• Leading the 12th WSU Coach of the Year Jen Greeny, who picked up two Pac-12 Coach of the Year awards from the sidelines while leading the Cougars to an unprecedented six consecutive (and counting) NCAA post-season appearances.
• The Cougars finished 2021 in 23rd place in the country after a post-season run to the NCAA Tournament’s second round, scoring a total of 20-12
• Seniors Magda Gelarova and Pia Timmer have been named to the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Team. Jehlarova is a two-time AVCA All-American while Timmer earned AVCA honors last year after leading the team with 3.79 kills per set.

history vs. Pepperdine and Washington State

• The Gophers 3-0 all-time against Pepperdine and did not play Washington State. Minnesota last played Pepperdine in 2003, winning five sets in Long Beach, California.
• The first encounter came against Pepperdine in 1980, and he won another five sets in a championship in San Diego. They also played in 2002 at Buff Stadium in the State Farm for classic volleyball, when Team U won in straight sets.


• under Hugh McCutchen, Minnesota 22-0 at the Diet Coke Classic. They are 57-7 all the time.

LANDFAIR leads third-year runners-up on campus

• Recruit No. 1 in the Class of 2020, Taylor Landveer She had an excellent real freshman season in the spring of 2021. She ranked second on the Gophers in kills per group, and ranked First Team All-Big Ten and AVCA All-America with honors.
• Last fall wasn’t quite as fun for Landfair as I sat for most of the year (playing only nine matches) with a stomach injury.
• She’s back better than ever in 2022, leading the “U” team in kills at a 4.48 per group so far this year. It also averages 1.91 holes and 0.74 blocks per set, playing all six courses. Landfair was selected as the best player in the Big Ten / Big 12 Challenge after leading all players in points and kills. She led Minnesota in killing 5/6 games in 2022.
• Landfair is ranked second in the Big Ten and 16th nationally with 4.48 kills per set. It has 5.11 points per second and is ranked 28th.

MCGRAW is moving its record books

CC McGraw It ranks No. 5 in gopher history with 1,619 holes. CC now separates 381 searches from becoming the 10th player in B1G volleyball history and the second-ever Gopher to reach 2000 in her career.
• In three of her four seasons, McGraw made Minnesota’s list of the season’s 20 best diggers. In 2018, it had 428 (ranked 18) and 450 (ranked 16) in 2019 and had a top 510 in 2021 (ranked 12). It’s the second gopher to have three or more seasons with 400 or more holes.

clock record

CC McGraw It ranks No. 5 in Minnesota history with 1,619 fossils. She is just behind Paula Gentile (2002-05) 2,791, Kristen Tan (2006-09) 1,927, Dalianlees Rosado (2014-17) 1,870 and Jessica Granquist (2008-11) 1,737.
• McGraw is in the top 30 in Minnesota in the games played (108). It’s 25 games away from being in the top 20 of all-time.
Melanie Schaffmaster She ranks 12th all-time in Minnesota in assists (2,113). Jenny Collings (1983-86) leads her by just 2,115 in 11th place.

Party block in Minnesota

• In 2021, the Gophers ranked 7th in B1G and 40th nationally in blocks with 289.5 and 2.47 per group.
Eli Haussmann It ranked seventh in the conference with 1.27 blocks per group, while incoming transfers Naya Gross (1.31) and Erica Davis (1.28) ranked fifth and sixth, respectively. These three and a new student Carter Booth We’ll be looking to form one of the deadliest blocks in the Big Ten this fall.
• So far in 2022, Minnesota ranks #5 in the Big Ten and #46 nationally with 2.54 blocks per set. Carter Booth She ranks #9 in the Big Ten individually with 1.33 per set.

Booth blocks outside noise

• Recruit No. 14 in the middle blocker category 2022 Carter Booth He had an immediate impact in the Gophers lineup. In her first collegiate game, she set a freshman record in Minnesota with 11 pieces against Baylor.
• She has had blocks in all six games and is topping the “U” with 24 (1.33 ps) so far. She ranks #45 in the nation and #9 in the top ten in each group.


• under Hugh McCutchenMinnesota is an impressive 104-23 (.824) in a non-conference competition.
• Of the 23 non-conference losses, seven came to Stanford (3-7) and five to Texas (1-5).
• Minnesota has played with ranked opponents outside of conferences in all eleven seasons under coach McCutchen. Of the eight non-conference matches in 2022, six Minnesota opponents will be ranked at the time of competition. Only Ohio State (7) will play more non-fraudulent opponents.

GROS provides a spark

• Minnesota brought in four off-season transfers to fill some immediate gaps in the squad. center blockers Erica Davis (So, Ohio) and Naya Gross (RSr., Michigan State) will look to provide more talent, depth, and experience for this position.
• Gross played for four seasons at Michigan State University, appearing in 107 games (386 sets) and averaged 1.80 kills per set on .290 hits adding 1.20 blocks per set. She had her best season in 2021 as a Spartan, posting a career best of 1.31 b/s.
• Naya came off the bench on Sunday to provide a huge spark against Florida. In three sets played, she scored five kills and four blocks while hitting 444 in her first extended move in Minnesota.
• She continued to play strong against Oregon, making her first start and scoring five blocks.

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