Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown/Residence: St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul, Minn.
Birth Date: 1988
College/Major/Grad Year: University of Minnesota/Kinesiology/NA
Joined Team: January 2011
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB Grand Champions Cup (Silver). 2012 - Pan American Cup (Gold). 2011 – Pan American Games (Bronze).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Averaged 2.48 points per set while starting 29 matches and playing in 95 sets during 2013...Helped the U.S. win its second consecutive Pan American Cup gold medal while starting all five matches…Averaged 3.13 points per set in Pan Am Cup, including 35 kills on 63 attacks as part of .492 hitting efficiency…Scored 15 points in win over Puerto Rico on June 11, including 11 kills on 21 errorless attacks…Added 11 points in title match win over Dominican Republic on June 16…Played in two matches and six sets of the three-match USA Volleyball Cup series versus Japan…Averaged 3.17 points, including 1.33 blocks per set during USA Volleyball Cup…Scored 15 points versus Japan on July 10, including six blocks…Started all 14 matches of FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 2.35 points, 0.52 blocks and 1.67 kills per set while converting 45.7 percent of attacks into points with a .349 hitting efficiency…Scored team-high 13 points in sweep of Netherlands on Aug. 10…Tallied 13 points with 10 kills on 13 errorless swings in four sets versus Serbia on Aug. 29…Scored 11 points versus Russia with nine kills without an attack error and two blocks…Averaged 2.08 points with 1.58 kills and 0.42 blocks per set in helping Team USA to the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship gold medal…Converted 41.3 percent of attacks into points at NORCECA Championship…Averaged 2.29 points with .407 hitting efficiency (29-5-59) in starting four of five matches at FIVB Grand Champions Cup leading to a U.S. silver medal…Scored 10 kills versus No. 6 Russia on Nov. 15. 2012 – Started all seven matches of the Pan American Cup, helping the U.S. claim gold with averages of 3.38 points, 1.08 blocks, 2.00 kills and 0.29 aces per set…Scored 20 points versus Colombia with 11 kills on 16 errorless attacks to go with seven blocks and two aces. 2011 - Started all five sets at Pan American Games and helping U.S. to the bronze medal by averaging 3.53 points per set with a 1.41 block average…Totaled 17 points in bronze-medal match against Dominican Republic, including six blocks with a .421 hitting efficiency.
OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: Competed for the U.S. Women's Junior National Team at the 2007 FIVB World Championship in Thailand where the team finished fourth...Member of the 2006 U.S. Women's Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 - Ended her college career at University of Minnesota by setting a school-record 593 total blocks and was also ninth on the school's all-time list in kills at 1,421...Named First-Team All-Big Ten as a unanimous selection...Played in 84 of the team's 129 sets on the season as she missed 12 matches due to an injury...Led the team in hitting percentage with .375 (276-58-582) and finished with an average of 3.29 kills per set...Despite the 12 missed matches, ended with a team-high total of 116 blocks (23 solo and 93 assisted) for a team-high average of 1.38 per set...Ranked third in the Big Ten Conference in hitting efficiency and ranked second in blocking with a 1.38 average...Finished with 4.17 pps, which ranked her eighth in the Big Ten. 2009 - Earned AVCA All-America First-Team honors and named First-Team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row...Set school-records in single-season blocks (181) and block assists (161), and had the third-highest single-season hitting percentage in school history at .385...Was one of two players in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in hitting percentage, kills, blocks and points...Played in all 37 matches, and has played in all of the 102 matches the team has played during her career...Helped Minnesota reach the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship semifinals. 2008 - Selected AVCA All-America Third-Team as she became the fourth Golden Gopher middle blocker to claim All-America honors...Finished the season with team-leading 174 blocks, which was second on the school’s single-season record list and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in blocks (1.45 blps), seventh in points (4.20 pps) and 10th in hitting percentage (.316)...Played in all 34 matches and was one of three players on the team to be in all 125 sets...Ranked first on the team in kills (405), second in kills per set (3.24 average), first in hitting percentage (.316) and fourth in service aces (17)...Produced 23 double-figure kills matches and three matches where she tallied nine or more blocks. 2007 - Played in all 31 matches as a freshman and was one of only two players on the team to compete in all 112 sets on the season...Averaged 2.85 kills, 1.09 blocks and 1.02 digs per set...Led team in service aces, was second in blocks, hitting percentage and third in kills...Was the second Golden Gopher since 1985 to have over 300 kills and 100 blocks as a freshman...Produced 17 double-figure kills matches and two double-figure block matches on the year.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE: Played for Northern Lights Volleyball club program, leading the team to an undefeated season against her age division (52-0 versus 17s, only two losses against 18s teams) and winning the 2006 USA Volleyball Junior Girls' National Championships in the 17s Open Division while earning individual All-Tournament honors...Finished third nationally in the 18s Open Division of the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National championships in 2007 where she was named to the All-Tournament team...Four-year letterwinner at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn...Received Pioneer Press Player of the Year honors in 2006 and was named the No. 4 senior high school player in the nation by prepvolleyball.com...Named All-State and All-Metro in her final two seasons at Cretin-Derham Hall...Led Cretin-Derham Hall to the Section 3AAA finals and was the first player in school history to record 1,000-career kills.
PERSONAL: Born on Sept. 8, 1988...Parents are Dan and Marie Gibbemeyer...Siblings are Danielle and Hannah…Majored in kinesiology at University of Minnesota…Nicknames are Gibby, Gibblet, Gibbs, etc…Hobbies are online shopping, reading, journaling, going to the beach…Top music on playlist now is James Vincent McMorrow and all-time is Mumford and Sons…Favorite movie is Bridesmaids…Favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant…Favorite book is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah…Favorite television program is New Girl and Modern Family…Started playing volleyball as freshman in high school…Interesting fact about myself is “growing up I wanted to be a veterinarian.”
Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2013