The Gophers survived a scare against Boise State Friday night, winning in five sets. In the team's match against Idaho State, it was a different story. Minnesota overpowered Idaho State (3-10) in a sweep Saturday morning in Boise, Idaho.
Junior Samantha Seliger-Swenson had to overcome early criticism from those at the NCAA level. “I remember the talks about her, Big Ten, Big 12, and [other] Power Five conference coaches… people were kind of knocking her for being a little bit slow,” said Seliger-Swenson’s former club volleyball coach Jennifer Jacobs. “She hadn’t grown into her feet yet.”
In an early preview of what could potentially become a late-round NCAA tournament matchup, the No. 1 Gophers defeated the No. 5 Longhorns 3-1 in Austin, Texas. Playing in four total sets, the scoring remained close in the first three as the Gophers (8-0) won the set one 25-21. Texas (6-2) rebounded in the second set, winning 27-25 after faced with two set points by the Gophers.
Playing in two matches on Thursday, Minnesota (7-0) showed why it is ranked No. 1 in the nation, sweeping Denver and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the American Campus Classic in Austin, Texas.
After starting in just nine matches as a freshman, senior Molly Lohman has made her way into a leadership role despite a reserved presence. “Most people would say she’s pretty quiet,” said head coach Hugh McCutcheon. “She’s probably more of an introvert”. However, this quiet behavior does not limit Lohman’s role on the court.
Dalianliz Rosado arrived at Minnesota facing an adjustment unlike many other Division I athletes — she had to learn most of the primary language. The Gophers’ libero left her home of Puerto Rico to come play volleyball. After adapting to American culture and NCAA talent, she has become a vocal leader on a team that has gone to back-to-back Final Fours with their home opener on Friday.