No. 22 Gophers volleyball team upsets No. 6 UNI

Despite a slow start, the Gophers volleyball team proved Wednesday night they still have what it takes to compete with the nation's elite. Also, four Gophers women hockey players were named to the U.S. Select team, and football coach Glen Mason speaks.

It has quietly become one of the best rivalries in all of college volleyball. Then again, the rivalry is quiet only to those who don't follow the sport closely.

On Wednesday, the 22nd-ranked Minnesota volleyball team (4-5) upended No. 6 Northern Iowa (7-2) in four games by scores of 25-30, 30-24, 30-28, 30-27 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. The win over the No. 6 Panthers was the highest ranked opponent the Golden Gophers have defeated since Dec. 5, 1993 when they knocked off No. 5 UC Santa Barbara.

"This is always a hard-fought match when these two program's play," said Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert. "We enjoy playing this match in the great volleyball community of Rochester. I think our team did a good job tonight of trusting each other. This is a great win over what I consider one of the top programs in the nation in Northern Iowa."

Minnesota rallied from down seven points or more in two different games on their way to claiming the 2003 installment of the Border Battle against UNI. The win also gives Minnesota its fourth win in five matches.

Four Gophers women's hockey players make U.S. select roster

The University of Minnesota women's hockey team has consistently been one of the top teams in the nation under coach Laura Halldorson. The Gophers have made it to the NCAA Frozen Four the past two years, and will again be a WCHA and national title contender in 2003-2004.

The talent pool is deep at the U, so it was no surprise when four players were selected to play at the 2003 U.S. Select Team, announced by USA Hockey. Natalie Darwitz, Kelly Stephens, Krissy Wendell and Lyndsay Wall will compete with the U.S. Select Team in the Four Nations Cup from Nov. 5-9 in Skövde, Sweden. All four players were also on last year's U.S. roster at the Four Nations Cup. The Golden Gophers have that weekend off from competition.

The Four Nations Cup, previously known as the Three Nations Cup, is a round-robin tournament that has been held seven times (1996-2002). Canada, Finland and the United States competed until 2000, when Sweden also joined the field. The U.S. has competed every year except for 2001 and earned the title in 1997. Canada defeated Team USA, 4-2, in last year's championship game.

They Said It:

"I don't know quite how to say this, but I would best describe our performance against Ohio University as average. Is that good? No. Is that bad? I guess not. But, I just know that where we are in our program and where we're trying to go, we've always have got to be better than average. Maybe some teams can be average and expect to get by, but I don't think we can. I think that from an individual standpoint, we went through the personnel evaluations of our team all the way through when you talk about them as units, offense, defense and kicking, that's the word that came up the most often, was average."

- Glen Mason on the performance of the Gophers against Ohio.

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