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Wicinski Sets the Pace for Freshman Class of Rising Stars in 2010


The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) is pleased to announce its selection of Northern Illinois' Lauren Wicinski as the 2010 CVU.com Freshman of the Year.

A 6-1 outside hitter from Geneva, Ill., Wicinski quickly rose to the top of the Mid-American Conference and also finished the season near the top nationally in several statistical categories.

Offensively, Wicinski placed first in the MAC and sixth nationally with 4.82 kills per set. She tallied 636 kills, the second highest total in the country. From the service line she was ranked 10th nationally with a 0.54 aces per set average as she scored on 71 total serves.

Wicinski recorded double figures in kills in 34 matches on the season and turned in 16 double-doubles (kills and digs). She hit .285 for the year and averaged 2.42 digs per set.

The freshman made such an impact in leading the Huskies to their best MAC finish since 2001 she became the first player to earn both Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors in the same season.

CVU has also chosen 18 other freshmen as its Rising Stars. Not only did they excel this season, but expect them to do great things for their teams in the future.

Freshman of the Year

Lauren Wicinski, OH, Northern Illinois

Rising Stars

  • Taylor Akana, OH, Siena
  • Megan Baska, L, Arkansas State
  • Desiree Elliott, MB, LSU
  • Chloe Ferrari, MH, San Diego
  • Falyn Fonoimoana, OH, USC
  • Kristina Graven, OH, Cal Poly
  • Haleigh Hampton, MB, Long Beach State
  • Molly Kreklow, S, Missouri
  • Deja McClendon, OH, Penn State
  • Andrea McHugh, OH, Notre Dame
  • Sallie McLaurin, MB, Oklahoma
  • Lena Oliver, L, Western Michigan
  • Jenna Orlandini, L, Washington
  • Lauren Plum, S, Oregon
  • Garyn Schlatter, S, Portland State
  • Maddie Simpson, S, High Point
  • Melanie Stutsman, S, Western Kentucky
  • Ashley Wittman, OH, Minnesota

The Rising Stars are not listed in a specific order.

Rankings used are based on players who played in 50% or more of their team's overall games. Selections made based up individual performance, contributions to the team and players who look to have the potential make a future impact.

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