Nov. 12, 2007
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brook Dieter, Minnesota
Fr., OH, Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy
Dieter helped the Golden Gophers climb to third place in the conference standings with road wins against Indiana and Purdue over the weekend, averaging 6.7 kills per game on .367 hitting. The freshman recorded her eighth double-double of the season against the Boilermakers on Saturday, putting down 24 kills with 13 digs. Dieter hit .409 with 23 kills against the Hoosiers on Friday, marking her highest hitting percentage in a conference match this season. The Bloomington, Minn., native is the first Minnesota freshman since Jessica Byrnes in 2002 to reach 300 kills in a season, and her 332 kills total this year is the eighth-best by a freshman in program history. The award is Dieter's third of the season.
Last MINN POW: Brook Dieter (9/17/07)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Juli Pierce, Indiana
Sr., LIB, Georgetown, Ind./Our Lady of Providence
Pierce tallied 35 digs in two three-game matches over the weekend, averaging 5.83 saves per contest. The senior also handled all 34 of her service reception attempts successfully and led the Hoosiers to the team's second-highest hitting percentage of the conference season at a .246 clip against Minnesota on Friday. The Georgetown, Ind., native recorded 21 digs against Iowa on Saturday, marking the highest three-game saves total by a Hoosier this season, while her 14 digs total against the Gophers is the team's fifth-highest. Pierce has compiled 434 digs this year and is just three saves shy of Indiana's all-time single-season record. The weekly honor is the first of Pierce's career.
Last IND Defensive POW: Annie Moddrell (9/25/06)