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16 Lauren Smith
Awards & Honors
2013    AVCA All-East Region Honorable-Mention
2013    BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
2013    BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, 9/16
2013    BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, 11/11
2013    Denver Invitational All-Tournament Team
2013    Hampton Inn Invitational All-Tournament Team
2013-14    BIG EAST All-Academic Team
2014    BIG EAST Conference All-Tournament Team
2014    BIG EAST Conference Tournament MVP
2014    Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team
2014    Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference
2014-15    BIG EAST All-Academic Team
2014-15    Dean’s List
2015    Preseason All-BIG EAST

2014: Sophomore at Creighton
• Second Team All-BIG EAST selection who was named MVP of the BIG EAST Championship.
• Started every match in 2014, extending her streak to 53 starts straight overall.
• In conference play only, led the BIG EAST with a .359 hitting percentage.
• Ranked ninth in the BIG EAST in blocks per set and fourth in hitting percentage.
• Also ranked 83rd nationally in total blocks and 120th in hitting percentage.
• Tied a BIG EAST record for a league match by hitting .857 (12-0-14) vs. Providence on Oct. 19.
• Pounded a season-best 13 kills on Sept. 20 vs. South Dakota.
• Opened the season with 10 kills and eight blocks in a win over Lipscomb (Aug. 29).
• Owned 12 matches with double-figure kills, and CU was 10-2 in those circumstances.
• Had nine kills and seven blocks in return to her hometown at No. 9 Nebraska (Sept. 17).
• Hit .692 with 10 kills in 13 swings in 3-0 win at Georgetown to start league play (Sept. 23).
• Produced 10 kills in 15 swings and hit .600 in win over Georgetown (Nov. 1).
• Had nine kills in 15 swings and hit .533 in four-set win at Xavier (Nov. 7).
• Put down 11 kills on .429 hitting in road sweep at Providence (Nov. 14).
• Owned 10 kills and eight blocks on .350 hitting as team clinched BIG EAST regular-season title at St. John’s (Nov. 15).
• Had 10 kills on .600 hitting in BIG EAST Championship semifinal win vs. Xavier (Nov. 28).
• Hit .556 and had 11 kills and season-best 11 blocks in BIG EAST Championship finals win over Seton Hall (Nov. 29).
• Owned 10 matches with at least five kills and .500 hitting as a sophomore.
• Named to Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team.

2013: Freshman at Creighton
• Second Team All-East Region pick by the AVCA.
• Finished second on the team in blocks (140) and hitting percentage (.276) and fourth in kills (271).
• Started all but one match.
• Ranked sixth in the BIG EAST in blocks per set in all matches and sixth in league play only.
• Ranked 95th nationally in blocks per set, which was 15th-best among freshmen.
• Opened her career with All-Tournament Team accolades at the Hampton Inn Invitational (Aug. 31), becoming the second player in program history to earn All-Tourney honors after first tournament of freshman season.
• Named to All-Tournament Team at Denver Invitational.
• Made her debut with nine kills on .643 hitting in 3-1 win vs. No. 13 BYU (Aug. 30).
• Creighton volleyball’s first player ever named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 16).
• Set a school-record by hitting .909 (10 kills, 11 swings) in 3-0 win vs. Cal State Northridge (Sept. 13).
• Turned in nine blocks in 3-1 win vs. Kansas (Sept. 10).
• Had 14 kills in 3-2 win at Wichita State (Sept. 22).
• Put down career-high 15 kills in CU’s 3-1 win at Xavier (Oct. 5) while also adding eight blocks.
• Owned three of her seven blocks in fifth set of win vs. Xavier (Oct. 18).
• Had 11 kills on .500 hitting in 20 swings at DePaul (Oct. 26).
• Finished with 10 kills and six blocks vs. St. John’s (Nov. 1).
• Helped CU to a 3-0 sweep at Villanova with seven kills and eight blocks (Nov. 8).
• Set CU freshman record with 12 blocks in 3-1 win at Georgetown (Nov. 9).
• Tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Nov. 11 after averaging 2.86 blocks per set in wins at Villanova and Georgetown.
• Had 12 kills in 15 swings, hitting .733, vs. Villanova on Nov. 24.
• Had 12 kills on .360 hitting in BIG EAST Championship debut vs. Xavier (Nov. 29) and would go on to earn All-BIG EAST Tournament honors.
• Led Creighton with 12 kills in NCAA Tournament match at No. 23 Kansas (Dec. 7).

2012: Freshman at Creighton (Redshirt)
• Versatile freshman who redshirted, but was allowed to practice with MVC champion team that finished 29-4.
• Named to MVC Academic Honor Roll.

Pius X High School
• As a senior, hit .421 and had 295 kills while also adding 66 blocks for state champion team.
• Her .421 hitting percentage ranked second in Class B and fourth in the state, while her 0.6 blocks per set was tied for 14th in Class B.
• Had five kills and a block in three-set sweep vs. Grand Island Northwest in state final.
• Team finished 38-3 as a senior, with team ranked 44th nationally.
• Had 421 kills and 66 blocks while hitting .415 as a junior, when team went 28-12 and finished fourth at state.
• Named First Team All-State in Class B by the Omaha World-Herald as both a junior and senior.
• Her Nebraska Juniors Club Team won the open division at the USA Volleyball Junior National Tournament in the summer of 2010.
• Coached by Jake Moore at Pius X.
• One of four Pius X players who signed to play Division I volleyball, which includes Cassie Effken (Drake), Scarlett Howerter (Drake) and Lea Sack (Bradley).
• Also a standout swimmer who qualified for state four times.
• Swam the 50 free, 100 free and 200 medley relay.

More About Lauren
Birthday
Dec. 25, 1993

Parents
Craig and Cathy Smith

Majors
Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Dream Job
Ranch hand in Wyoming

Summer 2015 Adventure
Studied abroad in China

Favorite Part About Ryan Center
Atmosphere

Favorite Movie
Stand By Me

Match I’m Most Excited For
Seton Hall

Best Volleyball Memory
Winning the BIG EAST

Favorite Quote
“According to the map, we’ve only gone 4 inches.” - Lloyd Christmas

Hobbies
Hunting, hiking, fishing

Funniest Teammate
Kenzie Crawford
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6'4"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Pius X