Oct. 22, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski was named the Big Ten Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday, Oct. 22. This marks Wicinski's first conference player of the week honor after transferring from Northern Illinois before the 2012 season.
In her first taste of the in-state rivalry, Wicinski contributed with 18 kills, nine digs and two solo blocks in a 3-0 sweep at Michigan on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Wicinski, a Geneva, Ill. native, also had a .341 hitting percentage against Michigan and the Spartans won for the first time in Ann Arbor since 2006.
Against No. 20 Ohio State, Wicinski had a season-high 29 kills, four service aces, six digs and two blocks in a tough 3-1 loss to the Buckeyes. Wicinski netted 34.5 points in the match and notched a hitting percentage of .323, it was her third straight match hitting better that .300.
For the weekend, Wicinski recorded 6.7 kills per set and averaged a .333 hitting percentage.
Wicinski is the third Spartan to earn recognition from the Big Ten this season as Alexis Mathews was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17. Wicinski is the first Spartan to earn outright player of the week since Kyndra Abron on Aug. 31, 2009.
The Spartans and Wicinski have two road Big Ten matches on the slate this weekend, as they travel to face Indiana on Friday, Oct. 26 and Purdue on Saturday, Oct. 27.