Blaine’s Dimke adds All-American volleyball honor to achievements

Blaine High School senior Lydia Dimke can add another post-season accolade to her growing list of accomplishments.

Lydia Dimke has already graduated from Blaine and will join Purdue after the new year. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Lydia Dimke has already graduated from Blaine and will join Purdue after the new year.
Photo by Rick Orndorf

The 6-foot, 2-inch Purdue University-recruit was one of 24 volleyball players named to the Under Armor First-Team All-American list and she joins Lakeville North’s Alyssa Goehner as the lone Minnesotans on the list.

Blaine Coach and Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association President Celeste Gorman nominated Dimke for the honor.

“She’s got a unique skill set and can do every aspect of the game so well,” Gorman said about Dimke’s versatility to play at a high level anywhere on the floor including setting and hitting.

Dimke finished her Bengals career with 1,055 kills, a .345 hitting percentage, 278 aces, 207 total blocks, 781 digs and 1,539 assists.

“She’s been an anchor for this program and we’ll definitely miss her competitiveness and motivation,” Gorman said.

Dimke was part of 105 wins, two section titles and two state appearances.

She opted to graduate early from Blaine High School and will join the off-season workouts with the Boilermakers in January.

Dimke was one of 100 players from 33 states and 90 schools to make the list, while first-team members will compete in an all-star competition complete with matches and a skills contests against the nation’s top seniors.

The event will be held at Key Arena Dec. 20 in Seattle, Wash., in conjunction with the annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) convention.

Criteria to make the team included being a senior, nominated by her high school coach that is a member of the AVCA and statistics completed on MaxPreps.com.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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