Gophers’ Taylor Landfair named Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Year

The award comes after a comeback season that saw the outside hitter lead the conference in kills per set (4.43) and points per set (449).

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Redshirt sophomore Taylor Landfair was named the Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Year on Wednesday, becoming the sixth Minnesota player to earn the honor in the past eight years.

The award comes after a comeback season that saw the outside hitter lead the conference in kills per set (4.43) and points per set (449). Landfair dealt with an abdominal injury last season, playing in just nine games.

Taylor Landfair

“She’s a rare talent,” coach Hugh McCutcheon said Tuesday. “ … Here she is working and learning and changing all the way through the season. I mean it’s to her credit, right, that she isn’t satisfied with just having the talent.”

In addition to Landfair, both junior Melani Shaffmaster and freshman Carter Booth were named first team All-Big Ten. Booth and Mckenna Wucherer were named to the conference’s All-Freshman team.

Minnesota has lost 6 straight games, one behind the 7 consecutive defeats Richard Pitino’s last team at Minnesota suffered in February-March 2021.
The Gophers have lost two in a row and six of seven overall.
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And why shouldn’t she? Indiana brings a 20-1 record and No. 4 national ranking into Wednesday’s game at the Barn
The Gophers (9-12 overall, 2-8 Big Ten) led only once, 2-0, on a layup by Rose Micheaux in the game’s first 16 seconds.
Trailing in the second period, the Minnesota Gophers got solid goaltending and woke up offensively to sweep their weekend series versus visiting Michigan State.
After an 81-61 loss at Northwestern on Saturday, Minnesota is 1-9 in Big Ten play with 10 games remaining
It took only nine ticks of the clock for Minnesota Gophers rookie Logan Cooley to give his team a lead, and that was just the beginning of their dominance of the Spartans on Friday.
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With two more players unavailable Wednesday, the Gophers had roughly half that roster max against Indiana at Williams Arena.

The Gophers, the No. 2 seed in their region, will take on Southeastern Louisiana on Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Maturi Pavilion. Should they advance, they would play the winner of Florida State and Northern Iowa on Saturday.



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