Sept. 30, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. - - Michigan State senior Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill.) has been named the Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week, as announced by the Conference office on Monday afternoon (Sept. 30). It is the second time this season that the outside hitter has captured the weekly honor.
MSU (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) opened Conference play last weekend at No. 1 Penn State and No. 13 Ohio State. MSU snapped an 18-match losing streak to the Nittany Lions with a 3-2 win in State College on Friday, the program's first victory over a top-ranked opponent and first win on the road in this series since 2001. It was just the second conference loss at home for PSU since the start of the 2006 season. PSU had won more National Championships (3) than it had suffered home conference losses (1) in that span.
Wicinski led all players with 21 kills, and added two service aces, two blocks, and nine digs in the win over the No. 1 team in the country, MSU's first victory in program history over a top-ranked team.
MSU swept the weekend by following Friday's performance with a sweep of previously-undefeated Ohio State, where Wicinski led the team with 12 kills, and added two digs and two more aces, including one on match point. MSU had not won at OSU since 2008.
The last team to sweep the PSU-OSU road trip was Illinois in 2011, the year in which the Illini advanced to the National Championship match.
MSU starts 2-0 in the Big Ten for just the fourth time in school history, and first time since 2008. It's just the second time that MSU opened 2-0 with its first Conference matches played on the road - MSU also accomplished that feat in 1996.
Wicinski recently surpassed the 2,000 career kills mark, and has a total of 2,075 headed into MSU's Big Ten home opener on Friday against Illinois; at Penn State, she surpassed 1,000 career digs. Wicinski needs 180 more kills to move into the NCAA's top-25 all-time.
Wicinski was also named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Sept. 16, after being named the MVP of the Butler Invitational.