Northern Illinois volleyball head coach Ray Gooden talks about his team's 3-0 win over Western Michigan, marking NIU's first sweep of the Broncos since 2001, and the performance of Lauren Wicinski, who became the fastest Huskie to reach 1,000 career kills.
2010: Appeared in all 35 matches and all 132 sets as an outside hitter...made her Huskie debut against Chicago State (Aug. 27) and recorded career firsts in kills, assists, aces, digs, blocks, and points...set Huskie freshman records for kills, aces, and points...racked up 4.82 kills/set to finish first on the team, first in the MAC, and sixth in the nation while also climbing to fourth on the Huskie single-season list...totaled 636 kills to finish first on team, first in MAC, second in the nation and third in the Huskie single-season record book...served 71 aces to lead the team, conference, and finish fourth in the nation while also tying for second on the Huskie single-season list...finished the season with 742.5 points (first on team, first in MAC) and 5.62 points/set (fifth in the nation)...set single-match highs in kills with 29 on two separate occasions...notched 16 double-doubles (kill and dig) and scored double figures in points in all 35 matches...hit for double figures in kills in 34 matches and served up multiple aces on 17 occasions...blocked multiple shots in 16 matches...honored as the first player in the MAC's 30-year history to win MAC Player of the Year and MAC Freshman of the Year in the same season...also garnered All-MAC First Team and All-MAC Freshman Team honors...made American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Mideast Region...made Huskie history as the second overall and first freshman to earn AVCA All-American status as an Honorable Mention...was a Huskie Scholar (3.00-3.49 GPA).
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Geneva H.S....earned Under Armour All-American recognition in 2009, marking the first H.S. All-American to play volleyball at NIU...named to 2009 first team all-state by the Chicago Sun-Times...nominated for 2009 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year...twice named team captain and MVP (2009, 2008)...led Geneva to back-to-back Western Sun Conference and Regional championships in 2008 (30-8, 12-2) and 2009 (35-3, 14-0)...registered 356 kills with a .691 attack percentage, 63 aces and 37 blocks in 38 matches in 2009...compiled a school record 380 kills in 2008, along with a .589 attack percentage, 57 aces and 32 blocks in 38 matches...tallied 297 kills with a .520 attack percentage, 36 aces and 18 blocks in 2007...had 110 kills with a .406 attack percentage, 39 aces and 16 blocks in 2006...garnered the team Most Improved award as a sophomore...named to first team All-Western Sun Conference and was conference MVP in 2008 and 2009...was selected to all-conference team as a sophomore...received all-area recognition by the Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle, and The Beacon News from 2007-09...named Geneva H.S. Offensive Player of the Year and won the Chris Malone Award (outstanding student-athlete) in 2008 and 2009...three-year varsity letterwinner in basketball (2007-09)...led Geneva to 2007 and 2008 conference championships...named to all-conference and all-area by the Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle, and The Beacon News in 2008, 2009 and 2010...made third team all-state in 2009 and 2010...recognized by Chicago Sun-Times as one of the top 10 female athletes for the 2009-10 school year for both volleyball and basketball.
Club: Member of Kane County Juniors VBC...named MVP of 18 Gold Team in 2008...earned Most Improved award on 18 Gold Team in 2007...has played at the 18s level since her sophomore year.
Personal: Major - Education...Birthdate - July 15, 1992...daughter of Rob and Gina Wicinski...participated in Key Club in H.S....volunteers through St. Peters Church in her hometown of Geneva...mother Gina played volleyball for NIU from 1983-87...father Rob played football for NIU from 1981-85.