The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) prides itself on the combined athletic and academic accomplishments of its talented student-athletes. No conference honor better exemplifies that commitment to balanced excellence than the MIAC Academic All-Conference award and, in the fall of 2016, the conference's student-athletes set a remarkable new standard with a record 381 student-athletes named Academic All-Conference.
2016 was another year filled with conference championships, national tournament appearances and spectacular individual performances both on and off the field of play for Gustavus athletics. Here’s a look back at numerous highlight events that occurred throughout the year.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 36th annual All-America teams for Division III on Tuesday and Gustavus star setter Nora Holtan (So., Rochester, Minn.) has been named to the First Team, while Lauren Hanson (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) received Honorable Mention. The awards will be presented Nov. 16 at the NCAA Division III Women's National Championship banquet in Oshkosh, Wis., where the 2016 Division III AVCA Player of the Year will be announced.
The Gustavus volleyball team’s season came to an end Friday at the NCAA regional semifinals, dropping a three-set match to defending national champion Cal Lutheran by scores of 25-15, 25-12, 25-23. The Gusties end their season 24-8 overall.
Having last season’s experience at the NCAA Championships provided a higher comfort level for the Gustavus volleyball team Thursday as it cruised to a three-set victory over Wartburg College in the opening round of the regional tournament. The Gusties won by scores of 25-23, 25-15, 25-16 to claim their first win at the NCAA tournament since 1986.
For the seventh time in program history and the second consecutive year, the Gustavus volleyball team is making an appearance at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. The Gusties (23-7) received the No. 3 seed in the St. Paul, Minn. regional and are set to face the No. 6 seed Wartburg College (21-5) at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ericksen Center on the campus of the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Monday morning announced the 64-team field for its Division III Volleyball Championship and Gustavus (23-7) is selected to face Wartburg College (21-5) in the first round at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, hosted by the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.
For the second straight season, the Gustavus volleyball team is bound for the national tournament after claiming the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff Championship, defeating Bethel University in four sets. The Gusties won by set scores of 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, advancing to NCAA Championships for the seventh time in program history.
After a thrilling comeback five-set victory over St. Thomas in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff Semifinals Thursday, the Gustavus volleyball team is set to host Bethel University tonight in a rematch of last season’s MIAC Championship game. The Gusties enter the match with a 22-7 overall record, while the Royals are 19-10 after upsetting top seed Augsburg in four sets.
Trailing 2-0 after two sets Thursday, the Gustavus volleyball team was on the verge of ending its season and dropping the first match at home in two years. Instead, the Gusties got gritty and battled tooth and nail to steal a five-set victory over St. Thomas to advance to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff Championship. The Gusties dropped the first two sets 25-16, 29-27, but went on to claim victories of 25-22, 25-22, and 15-10. Gustavus now hosts Bethel at 7 p.m. Saturday in a rematch of last year’s MIAC Playoff Championship.