Freshman outside hitter Brook Dieter (Bloomington, Minn.) received Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week honors for a second time this season on Monday, Sept 17. Dieter became just the second Golden Gopher in school history to receive multiple Big Ten Player of the Week honors as a freshman, joining Andrea Gonzalez (10/29 & 11/12/85) on that list.
Dieter was named the MVP of the Gopher Invitational this past week. She averaged 6.10 kpg, hit .358 (61-17-123), had 2.00 dpg and 0.50 sapg in three matches. Dieter became the first Golden Gopher since Erin Martin in 2004 to have 20 or more kills in a three-game match when she had 21 kills against Charlotte on Sept. 14. Dieter also became the first Minnesota player since Martin on Sept. 17-18, 2004 to have three straight matches with 20 or more kills.
In the first match of the tournament against Charlotte on Sept. 14, Dieter hit a career-best .581 (21-3-31), had 21 kills and eight digs. Dieter followed that up by hitting .441 (20-5-34) with 20 kills and a career-high three service aces against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sept. 15. In the final match of the tournament against Creighton, Dieter had 20 kills and six digs. After the Blue Jays tied the match at 1-1, Dieter delivered 14 kills in the final two games.
Dieter is second in the Big Ten in kills with 4.77 kpg, and is third in points at 5.53 ppg. She leads the team in kills, points and service aces (0.37 sapg), and is also second on the team in digs (2.54 dpg).
Minnesota will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. when it opens Big Ten play against Purdue at the Sports Pavilion. The Golden Gophers will also face Indiana on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.