Name: Lauren Gibbemeyer
Position: Middle Blocker
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-2
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minn.
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
High School: Cretin Derham Hall High School (Minnesota)
College: University of Minnesota, Kinesiology
World Championship Experience
  • 2018 - FIVB World Championship (5th Place)

Most Notable

  • Started seven of 14 matches during FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 2.48 points and 0.68 blocks per set while converting 45.6 percent of attacks
  • Started all 14 matches for the U.S. in 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 2.35 points per set while converting 45.7 percent of attacks into points
  • Two-time AVCA All-American at University of Minnesota (1st team as junior in 2009, 3rd team as sophomore in 2008)

2019 - FIVB Volleyball Nations League (Weeks 3-5) 2018 - FIVB Volleyball Nations League (Gold)...FIVB World Championship (5th Place)
2017 - FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Place); USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil; FIVB World Grand Champions Cup (Bronze)
2015 - USA Volleyball Cup vs China...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Bronze)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)
2014 - USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Preliminary Round)
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).

Did You Know

  • Nicknames are Gibby, Gibblet, Gibbs, etc
  • In her international debut, started all five sets of the Pan American Games in 2011 and helped Team USA earn the bronze medal
  • Averaged scoring 2.48 points per set while starting 29 matches in 2013, her first year in a primary starting role at middle blocker
  • Has held starting role in consecutive Pan American Cups (2012 and 2013) leading to gold medals for the U.S.
  • Competed on U.S. Women's Junior National Team in 2006 and 2007, which resulted in gold medal at NORCECA Women's U-20 Continental Championship (2006) and fourth-place finish at FIVB Volleyball Women's U-20 World Championship (2007).
  • Concluded collegiate career at University of Minnesota as school's all-time leader in total blocks with 593 and ninth in kills with 1,421
  • Started playing volleyball as freshman in high school
  • Wanted to be a veterinarian growing up
  • Inspired by her younger sister to want to help kids struggling with weight and obesity and would like to work on finding a prevention to childhood obesity
  • 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 Girls' Junior 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

Path to the Podium

  • Started playing indoor club volleyball with Northern Heat in 2004 as a freshman in high school and finished competing with Northern Lights
  • Helped Northern Nights win USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in 2006 with a 52-0 record
  • Member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that played in the 2006 NORCECA U20 Continental Championship (gold) and the 2007 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship (4th Place)
  • Two-time AVCA All-American at University of Minnesota, earning first-team in 2009 and third team in 2008
  • Selected to the U.S. Women’s National A2 Team (now known as U.S. Collegiate National Team) in 2010
  • Made U.S. Women’s National Team debut at 2011 Pan American Games

The Big Blurb

On advice she would give to young athletes: "I just think they need to be resilient. If it is something they really want and they get cut from the team or they don't make the team they want, just to keep pushing. You can learn a lot from bouncing back from hard situations."

On advice she was given: "In college is when I really found that I could do really great things and I could be a really great player after playing under (Minnesota) coach Mike Hebert. He had a meeting with me and was like you can do one of two things - you can be great player and have a successful college career, or you can be something special. It is a lot of sacrifice and hard work. He kind of helped me choose that second route."

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Last Updated October 2018