Tori Dixon named Big Ten Player of the Week


After an impressive 4-0 start to the season, senior middle blocker Tori Dixon and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers volleyball team are quite happy. Dixon and her teammates won the UAB/Samford Challenge without dropping a set and solidified themselves as one of the top teams in the country.

Dixon led the Gophers in most offensive categories and was named to the All-Tournament team over the weekend. She was also awarded Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career. The Burnsville native helped Minnesota move up to fourth place in the most recent AVCA Division I volleyball poll released on Monday.

Minnesota came into the preseason ranked No. 6 nationally, but the combination of their tournament sweep and a loss by No.1 Texas this week helped propel the Maroon and Gold into the Top 5 for the first time since the end of the 2009 season when Minnesota reached the Final Four.

Dixon and the Gophers open their home schedule Friday against Ball State in the Diet Coke Classic at the Sports Pavillion.

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