University of Minnesota
- Middle Blocker
Lauren Gibbemeyer currently holds a 3.424 GPA. She is a three-time Minnesota Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Big Ten All-Academic honoree. She earned a 4.0 GPA in the spring of 2010 and made the Dean’s List that semester as well. Gibbemeyer is a kinesiology major looking at possibly working with youth and teaching them about health and fitness.
Gibbemeyer was named team captain in her junior (2009) and senior seasons (2010, upcoming). On-the-court obstacles last season came when Minnesota had to integrate eight new teammates into the program, along with having a starting teammate and friend leave midway through the season and making sure everyone came together and remained focused on team goals, and having to play with injuries (stress fractures in shins, shoulder issues). She has been inspired by her youngest sister to want to help kids struggling with weight and obesity, and would like to work on finding a prevention to childhood obesity. She is involved in a Vikings grant this fall where she will be assigned a child struggling with obesity, and work with the child and their family throughout the semester and will help educate them on health and fitness. She wants to be a positive role model for kids, especially for young girls. She also stays connected with her high school alma mater Cretin Derham Hall where she volunteer in the weight room in the summer to help stress the importance of staying fit to the incoming freshmen and promote working out safely.
Gibbemeyer has helped out at the Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Youth Clinic in February 2010. She volunteered at the University of Minnesota Child Care Center, represented the University of Minnesota volleyball team at the Grand Old Days Parade and also participated in the Hope Day Festival last September.
Gibbemeyer was a first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten performer in 2009. She also was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament on the way to the Golden Gophers’ third Final Four appearance. She was also named first-team All-Big Ten in 2008 and was named to the All-Freshman team in 2007. She broke the school record for total blocks and block assists in 2009, and is currently second in career hitting percentage, third in block assists and fifth in total blocks on the career list. She was one of only two players in the nation to be in the top 15 in hitting percentage and blocks in 2009.