Oregon hopes to upset Gophers in volleyball a second time this season

“Minnesota is a fantastic team, and we never felt good the whole time,” said Ulmer, whose Ducks beat New Mexico State and Baylor to get to the Sweet Sixteen.

Nebraska coach John Cook believes the Cornhuskers, winners of their past 10 matches, have improved more over the course of the season than any team in the nation.

Senior co-captain Mikaela Foecke expects to see the seventh-seeded Huskers reach an even higher level in Friday’s semifinal against 10th-seeded Kentucky.

• Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, who played at Kentucky for one year before moving to the NBA, watched the Wildcats practice Thursday and wished the team well.

• Kentucky assistant coach Anders Nelson, a native of St. Croix Falls, Wis., worked with the Gophers as a student statistical analyst from 2006-08.

The teams of Bryson DeChambeau-Kevin Na, Brian Harman-Patton Kizzire and Emiliano Grillo-Graeme McDowell shot 13-under 59 in scramble play Friday to share the first-round lead in the QBE Shootout.

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