Volleyball standout Lauren Wicinski nabs third MAC West Offensive Player of the Week Award

Lauren Wicinski
Lauren Wicinski

The nation’s top freshman in kills and aces continues to pile up honors.

For the third time already this season, outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) was named Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week, announced the league on Monday. 

Wicinski was already the first NIU volleyball player to win the award twice as a freshman and now is the first two claim the weekly honor three times in a career, just six weeks into her rookie campaign.

“We are really pleased to see Lauren earn the award again,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “It’s a really positive honor for our program and Northern Illinois University. It’s not just a representation of her individual performance, though. We are really playing well as a team. We are excited to see our team keep progressing as the season continues.”

Sharing the award with Eastern Michigan’s Rachel Iaquaniello, Wicinski paced the Huskie offense as NIU posted two five-set wins over the week to mark its third consecutive MAC win.

She totaled a team-best 47 kills (4.70/set) and .321 attack percentage, while also adding 18 digs (1.80/set), two aces, and four blocks for 52 points (5.20/set). She netted double digits in kills in both matches to extend her streak of having 10 or more kills to 18 matches. She notched a season-high 29 kills at home against Western Michigan with a .309 hitting percentage, while also adding 12 digs, three blocks and an ace for her eighth double-double. She hit .342 with 19 kills, one block and an ace versus Miami (Ohio).

As of Sept. 27, Wicinski ranks third in the nation in aces (0.74/set) and 10th in kills (4.68/set). Currently, she leads the MAC in kills (4.69/set), aces (0.66/set), and points (5.62/set).

Off to their best start in conference play since 2006, Wicinski and the Huskies (17-2, 3-1 MAC) return to action at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, against Central Michigan (7-9, 1-3 MAC) in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

For more information on NIU volleyball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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