Minnesota and Northwestern Take Home Conference Awards

Sophomore Kate Nobilio posted at least 20 digs in each match as Northwestern won the Wildcat Classic.

Sophomore Kate Nobilio posted at least 20 digs in each match as Northwestern won the Wildcat Classic.

Sept. 17, 2007

Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week
Brook Dieter, Minnesota
Fr., OH, Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy

Dieter takes home her second weekly honor of the season after earning MVP honors at the Gopher Invitational over the weekend. The freshman became the first Minnesota player since 2004 to record 20 kills in three straight matches as she averaged 6.1 per game on the strength of a .358 hitting percentage over the weekend. Dieter's 21 kills on .581 hitting against Charlotte on Friday marked the most by a Gopher in a three-game match since 2004. The Bloomington, Minn., native also recorded five service aces, including three against UW-Green Bay on Saturday, and averaged two digs and 0.4 blocks per game on the weekend.

Last MINN POW: Brook Dieter (9/3/07)

Big Ten Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week
Kate Nobilio, Northwestern
So., LIB, Johnsburg, Ill./Johnsburg
Nobilio takes home her second career weekly accolade after becoming the first libero/defensive specialist to ever be named MVP of the Wildcat Classic. The sophomore recorded at least 20 digs in each match, averaging 6.7 per game on the weekend as Northwestern went 3-0. Behind Nobilio's passing, the Wildcats hit .319 or better in each of their three matches. Nobilio tied her career high with four aces against Drake on Friday, averaging 0.6 per game for the weekend, and broke her career high with five assists on Saturday against St. Louis, averaging one helper per game in the tournament. The Johnsburg, Ill., native returned 98 percent of service receptions successfully and led the Northwestern defense in holding opponents to sub-.100 hitting on the weekend.

Last NU Defensive POW: Chelsy Hyser (10/30/06)