In December, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named the Gophers’ Hugh McCutcheon national Coach of the Year, just a few weeks after he won Big Ten and AVCA North Region coach of the year honors. The recognitions come on the heels of the Gophers’ first Big Ten championship since 2002. The team rode a school-record conference-winning streak of 15 matches to the title and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, falling to Texas in the semifinals. McCutcheon has compiled a 105-31 record at Minnesota.
Gophers Daly Santana, Hannah Tapp, Samantha Seliger-Swenson, and Paige Tapp were named to the AVCA All-America team, the most ever for the program in a single season.