Dec. 2, 2013
East Lansing, Mich - Michigan State senior Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill.) has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, as announced by the Conference office on Monday, Dec. 1. Wicinski earns her fourth Big Ten Player of the Week honor this season.
Wicinski hit .345 last week, leading all players in kills in both road matches at Michigan and Purdue. She had 19 kills and just missed a double-double with nine digs, and added three blocks as MSU swept Michigan to help the Spartans retain the State Pride Flag for the fourth consecutive season. At Purdue on Saturday, the Spartans battled through the third straight 3-2 decision in the series, and Wicinski's 21 kills and 13 digs were her sixth double-double of the season and 49th of her career. She led all Big Ten players in both kills and points this week, and just missed the top 10 in hitting percentage. With 49 kills on the week, her career total is now 2,376 - good for 13th all-time in the NCAA.
Wicinski, an All-America candidate, has been the match kill leader in 27 of MSU's 32 matches this season, and ranks in the top 25 nationally in aces per set (0.41, 23rd), kills per set (4.45, 18th) and points per set (eighth, 5.21). She is also the nation's active leader in kills (2,376), attempts (5,531), aces (270), and ranks second in kills per game (4.76).
Wicinski's season continues this Friday, as the Spartans begin NCAA Tournament play against Ohio University in Lexington, Ky.