A day after being named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week, Northern Illinois volleyball’s Lauren Wicinski was named one of 11 CVU.com Top Performers for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2 by Collegiate Volleyball Update, the website announced Tuesday.
“It’s really nice for the Northern Illinois volleyball program to be recognized on a national level like this,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “Lauren played each phase of the game well over the weekend. What she did in the Toledo match, with 39 kills, was amazing.”
Becoming the second Huskie to earn the honor (Meagan Schoenrock, 2008), the 2010 CVU.com Freshman of the Year averaged 7.11 kills per set during NIU’s split on its first MAC road trip. She accumulated a robust 64 kills, hit .420, had 29 digs (3.22/set) and six aces in two matches.
In a tough 3-2 loss at Ball State, she tallied 25 kills, hit .345, had a season-high-tying 19 digs, and added three aces. In a 3-1 win at Toledo, she totaled a career-high 39 kills, hitting .484, while adding 10 digs and three aces for her third straight double-double and 10th of the season.
Wicinski’s kill amount versus Toledo was one shy of the NIU record set in 1999, six short of the MAC record and most in the league since 2003, and eight away from the NCAA record established in 1997. Through just 53 career matches, she is now 14 kills away from reaching the 1,000-kill plateau as a sophomore.
Currently, Wicinski leads the conference in points (6.56/set), kills (5.65/set), and aces (0.63). She ranks sixth in hitting percentage (.326) as well. The 2010 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention also leads the NCAA in points and kills, and ranks fourth in aces.
Next up for Wicinski and the Huskies are a pair of MAC home matches this week. NIU will host Western Michigan at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, and Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.