2013: Freshman at Creighton • Second Team All-East Region pick by the AVCA. • Finished second on the team in blocks and hitting percentage and fourth in kills. • Redshirt freshman who 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 (8/31), 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 (8/30). • Creighton Volleyball’s first player ever named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (9/16). • Set a school-record by hitting .909 (10 kills, 11 swings) in 3-0 win vs. Cal State Northridge (9/13). • Turned in nine blocks in 3-1 win vs. Kansas (9/10). • Had 14 kills in 3-2 win at Wichita State (9/22). • Put down career-high 15 kills in CU’s 3-1 win at Xavier (10/5) while also adding eight blocks. • Owned three of her seven blocks in fifth set of win vs. Xavier (10/18). • Had 11 kills on .500 hitting in 20 swings at DePaul (10/26). • Finished with 10 kills and six blocks vs. St. John’s (11/1). • Helped CU to a 3-0 sweep at Villanova with seven kills and eight blocks (11/8). • Set CU freshman record with 12 blocks in 3-1 win at Georgetown (11/9). • 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 Tournament debut vs. Xavier (11/ 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 (12/7).
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. • Also received interest from Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas, Iowa, Virginia and Texas A&M. • 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.
Creighton 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
More About Lauren Full Name: Lauren Taylor Smith Birthday: Dec. 25, 1993 Birthplace: Lincoln, Neb. Parents: Craig and Cathy Smith Siblings: None Nicknames: Lo, Laurence, Taylor Majors: Entrepreneurship/Marketing Athletic Family: Her father, Craig, swam at Nebraska Favorite Movies: Stand By Me, 8 Seconds Favorite Athlete: Babe Ruth Favorite Quote: “According to the map, we’ve only got 4 inches” (Lloyd Christmas in Dumb & Dumber) Favorite Vacation Spot: Jackson Hole, Wyo. Why Creighton: Great academics, atmosphere, people Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, shooting, swimming, hiking Favorite Part of Ryan Athletic Center: The fans Best Volleyball Memories: Playing Hawai’i Thoughts on the BIG EAST: Competitive and exciting Match I’m Most Excited For: All of them Favorite Professor at Creighton: Kristen Fitzgerald