For the second time in four weeks, Northern Illinois freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
“We are very proud of what Lauren has been able to accomplish over the past week,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “She continues to make her game as complete as she possibly can, and continues to make improvements in doing so.”
As a two-time honoree of the award as a freshman, Wicinski becomes the first in program history to achieve the feat. Her performance over the week helped NIU to a 2-1 record as she registered a team-high 42 kills (4.67/set). She tallied double-figure kills in all three matches and has done so in 13 straight, while she also led the team in points with 45.5 (5.06/set).
Against Wisconsin, she put up 15 kills and a .294 attack percentage. In a 3-0 win over Youngstown State, she notched 15 kills and a .310 attack percentage. With 12 kills and an ace in a 3-0 win over Iowa, she led the Huskies to their first win over a Big Ten opponent since 2001.
Wicinski and the Huskies (13-1) return to action at Victor E. Court with a 7 p.m. contest tonight against DePaul (1-11).