Minnesota freshman outside hitter Brook Dieter (Bloomington, Minn.) received Honorable Mention AVCA All-Mideast honors according to an announcement made on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Dieter becomes the first Golden Gopher freshman to collect All-Region honors of any type since Paula Gentil received First-Team honors in 2002. Katrien DeDecker also received Second-Team All-Mideast Region honors as a freshman in 1993, while Andrea Gonzalez was named All-Midwest by a publication named Midwest Volleyball as a freshman in 1985.
This season, Dieter received Big Ten Player of the Week honors three times (Sept. 3, 17 and Nov. 12). That total tied Big Ten Player of the Year Christa Harmotto for the most player of the week honors this season. Dieter, who was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team along with teammate Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), also joined Megan Hodge (Penn State in 2006), Nicole Fawcett (Penn State in 2005) and Stacey Gordon (Ohio State in 2003) as one of only four freshman in conference history to receive Big Ten Player of the Week honors three times in a season.
In her freshman season, she led Minnesota in kills (413), was second in digs (286) and second in service aces (26). Dieter’s 413 kills this season were the most by a Golden Gopher freshman in a single-season since 1997, and the fourth-most by a Minnesota freshman in school history. She also finished second among freshman in kills in the Big Ten, and was second in the conference in service ace-to-service error ratio at 1.44-to-1.
Dieter’s seven matches with 20 or more kills this year were the most since Erin Martin had 11 in 2004. She also finished 12 double-doubles (Kills-Digs) on the season, had 19 double-figure kill matches and 18 double-figure dig matches.