Minnesota Opens 2017 Season Against Last Two ACC Champions

  0 Braden Keith | June 27th, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will play 12 teams that qualified for the 2016 NCAA Championship in 2017, including 7 from the Big Ten.

The team will open up its season at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, where they’ll face the last two ACC conference champions, North Carolina and Louisville, in their first two games of the season.

After a relatively lowkey Diet Coke Classic run (Minnesota hosted) aganst West Virginia, Tennessee, and UTSA, the Gophers will go to the Texas Tournament in Austin. The highlight of that trip wlll be a September 8th matchup against the defending NCAA runner-up Longhorns.

While there are rarely any light spots in a Big Ten schedule, Minnesota, by-and-large, has a front-heavy campaign this year. Beginning on September 22nd by hosting Michigan, 8 of their first 10 Big Ten matches this season are against teams who made at least the second round of the NCAA tournament last year. Included on that list are both of the team’s huge rivalry games with Wisconsin, who went to the Elite 8, and their lone game against Nebraska, who played its way to the Final 4 last season.

After that stretch, Minnesota will get a reprieve in the back-half of their schedule. Between Illinois, Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, and Northwestern, 7 of their last 10 matches are against teams that missed the NCAA tournament last season.

In 2016, Minnesota finished 2nd in the Big Ten with a 17-3 conference record, and were 29-4 overall. They were knocked out of the NCAA Championship tournament in the national semi-finals against Stanford, who went on to win the title. The Gophers then graduated one of the best senior classes in program history, including national player of the year Sarah WilhiteSenior CLASS Award winner Paige Tapp, and her twin sister and All-American Hannah Tapp.

Among the key contributors returning from that Final 4 team, though, is setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson, efficient 6’3″ middle blocker Molly Lohman, and sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hart, who ranked 2nd on the team in kills as a rookie last season.

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result Media
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
08/25/17 vs.North Carolina North Carolina Madison, Wis. TBA MORE
08/26/17 vs.Louisville Louisville Madison, Wis. TBA MORE
Diet Coke Classic
09/01/17 vs.West Virginia West Virginia Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
09/02/17 vs.Tennessee Tennessee Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
vs.UTSA UTSA Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
Texas Tournament
09/07/17 vs.Denver Denver Austin, Texas TBA MORE
vs.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Austin, Texas TBA MORE
09/08/17 atTexas Texas Austin, Texas TBA MORE
Boise State Tournament
09/15/17 atBoise State Boise State Boise, Idaho TBA MORE
vs.Oregon State Oregon State Boise, Idaho TBA MORE
09/16/17 vs.Idaho State Idaho State Boise, Idaho TBA MORE
09/22/17 vs.Michigan Michigan * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
09/24/17 vs.Michigan State Michigan State * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
09/29/17 atNebraska Nebraska * Lincoln, Neb. TBA MORE
09/30/17 atIowa Iowa * Iowa City, Iowa TBA MORE
10/04/17 atWisconsin Wisconsin * Madison, Wis. TBA MORE
10/07/17 atMichigan Michigan * Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA MORE
10/11/17 vs.Purdue Purdue * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
10/15/17 vs.Iowa Iowa * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
10/18/17 atOhio State Ohio State * Columbus, Ohio TBA MORE
10/21/17 vs.Wisconsin Wisconsin * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
10/25/17 vs.Illinois Illinois * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
10/28/17 atRutgers Rutgers * New Brunswick, N.J. TBA MORE
11/03/17 vs.Maryland Maryland * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
11/04/17 vs.Ohio State Ohio State * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
11/10/17 atPurdue Purdue * West Lafayette, Ind. TBA MORE
11/11/17 atIndiana Indiana * Bloomington, Ind. TBA MORE
11/17/17 atNorthwestern Northwestern * Evanston, Ill. TBA MORE
11/18/17 atIllinois Illinois * Champaign, Ill. TBA MORE
11/24/17 vs.Rutgers Rutgers * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE
11/25/17 vs.Penn State Penn State * Sports Pavilion TBA MORE

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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