Skip to main content

Gophers volleyball stunned in season-ending loss to Oregon

Minnesota was two wins shy of playing in the Final Four at Target Center.

The University of Minnesota volleyball team's national championship hopes are gone after suffering an upset loss to Oregon in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Friday night. 

Ranked No. 2 in the country, the Gophers were playing at home before a crowd of 5,187 people and jumped out to a 1-0 set lead before falling in three straight sets to No. 15 Oregon. 

The second set was filled with drama, including 16 ties and 11 lead changes before Oregon won it 41-39. In volleyball, the first 25 wins but a team has to win by two points. Minnesota and Oregon tied at 23-23 and then tied 16 more times until the Ducks put it away for the match-tying set victory. 

Minnesota head coach Hugh McCutchen, via, said the second set loss was a heartbreaker. 

"But that's the way that it works out, and we got our hearts broken a little bit," he said. "It took us a while to recover, I think that was clear. The start of the third set would be indicative of that."

Oregon rolled to a 25-14 victory in set three and then finished off the Gophers 26-24 in the fourth set. 

The Gophers end the season with a record of 27-4. 

Oregon will play Nebraska at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis Saturday at 5 p.m. with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Final Four will be played next weekend at Target Center in Minneapolis. 

Next Up

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.


Mill City Museum in the running to be named best history museum in the U.S.

The museum offers scenic views of the Mississippi River.


Man charged with attempted murder of White Bear Lake police officer

Daniel Holmgren Jr., 33, was being served an arrest warrant at the time of the incident.


Gallery: 1,000-acre Wisconsin resort listed for nearly $4.3M

The lush landscape features a creek and private lake.

school bus

Alert after Woodbury students approached by strangers asking if they want candy

Valley Crossing Elementary School urged parents to go over safety information with their children in response to the incident.

basketball unsplash stock

North St. Paul basketball cancels Eden Prairie game after opposing coach's reinstatement

Head Coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he let his players decide amongst themselves.

Pixabay - school - classroom

These are the nominees for 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Education Minnesota has nominated 131 teachers from across the state.


Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 8.16.15 PM

Gopher women stunned in heartbreaking loss to Maryland

An unbelievable way to lose for the Gopher women.

Season over for the Gophers in sweep by Oregon State

Minnesota was leading 3-2 in the eighth inning but couldn't hold on.

Gophers volleyball

Gopher volleyball takes down No. 1 Stanford

The defending champs were upset in four sets Saturday night.

Washington ends Gophers' season in NCAA softball regional final

The Gophers end the season with a more than respectable 41-17 record.

How to watch Gophers vs. Oregon State in NCAA Super Regional

Minnesota's regional games were only available via online streams.

Tourney loss ends Gophers' best season in 13 years

Minnesota finishes with a final record of 24-9.

Gopher volleyball

How to watch Gopher volleyball in the NCAA Final Four

Minnesota takes on Stanford at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.