Minnesota Gophers Volleyball earns bid to Final Four with UCLA win

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Gopher take UCLA in three sets at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)

The Minnesota Gophers defeat the UCLA Bruins in straight sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) and advance to the NCAA Volleyball Final Four.  This will be the second straight year that they have made the semifinals and they will be playing for a shot at the title in Canton, Ohio next weekend.

Goldy poses at the 2016 NCAA Sweet Sixteen on December 9, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Missouri Tigers at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Goldy poses at the 2016 NCAA Sweet Sixteen on December 9, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Missouri Tigers at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Gophers move on to the Great Eight and the crowd at the Pavilion loves it at the 2016 NCAA Sweet Sixteen on December 9, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Missouri Tigers at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Gophers move on to the Great Eight and the crowd at the Pavilion loves it at the 2016 NCAA Sweet Sixteen on December 9, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Missouri Tigers at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) defend against the tip at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) defend against the tip at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) send one back to UCLA middle blocker Jennie Frager (10) at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp (4) and Minnesota middle blocker Molly Lohman (13) send one back to UCLA middle blocker Jennie Frager (10) at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Minnesota outside hitter Alyssa Goehner (5) strong in the back court at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Minnesota outside hitter Alyssa Goehner (5) strong in the back court at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
UCLA middle blocker Jennie Frager (10) and UCLA outside hitter Torrey Van Winden (5) block a Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) spike at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
UCLA middle blocker Jennie Frager (10) and UCLA outside hitter Torrey Van Winden (5) block a Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) spike at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
The Pav was packer at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
The Pav was packer at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
UCLA middle blocker Claire Felix (8) and UCLA outside hitter Haley Lawless (4) don't have anything for Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
UCLA middle blocker Claire Felix (8) and UCLA outside hitter Haley Lawless (4) don’t have anything for Minnesota outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (8) at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Gopher Volleyball ranked number one at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Gopher Volleyball ranked number one at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Gopher take UCLA in three sets at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
Gopher take UCLA in three sets at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
The crowd at the Pavilion cheers the Gopher Volleyball team as they take the regional championship at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)
The crowd at the Pavilion cheers the Gopher Volleyball team as they take the regional championship at the 2016 NCAA Elite Eight on December 10, 2016 between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the UCLA Bruins at at The Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Rick Corwine/The Minnesota Sports Report)