Scholar-Athletes of the Week (November 7-13)

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Nov. 14, 2011

NIU SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK (November 7-13)

Nick Smith

Lauren Wicinski

MALE RECIPIENT FEMALE RECIPIENT
Sport: FWrestling Sport: Volleyball
Position: N/A Position: Outside Hitter
Year: Sophomore Year: Sophomore
GPA: 3.156 GPA: 3.419
Major: Kinesiology Major: Education
Week's Achievements: Nick Smith improved his record on the season to a team-best 5-1 with a second-place showing in the 125 pound bracket at the Michigan State Open. Smith, who was wrestling less than two hours from his hometown of Ida, Mich., pinned Central Michigan's Logan Shanks in the first period. He followed that up with a 9-6 decision against Michigan's Grant Pizzo in the quarterfinals and a 3-1 win against Eric Olanowski of Michigan State in the semifinals to set up a finals showdown with 2011 NCAA Championships qualifier Levi Mele of Northwestern. Smith would fall to Mele with a pin halfway through the second period. Week's Achievements: Lauren Wicinski led the Huskies to a perfect 2-0 road weekend as she notched 39 kills (4.33/set) and four aces (0.44/set) to help NIU clinch the MAC regular season title and No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2001. In the 3-1 clinching win at Western Michigan, she came up huge with 23 kills, an ace, and 11 digs. In a 3-2 win at Bowling Green, she spearheaded an 0-2 comeback with 16 kills, three aces, and a career-high seven blocks. With the week's performance, she upped her double-double total to 15. The nation's kills leader has had 10 or more kills in all but two of 30 matches, including 22 in a row.
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