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#16 Lauren Smith
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6'4"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Pius X
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.
• Had more than 200 kills as a sophomore.
• 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.
• Creighton’s second player since program’s reinstatement in 1994 to hail from Lincoln.
• 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.

More About Lauren
Full Name: Lauren Taylor Smith
Birthday: Dec. 25, 1993
Birthplace: Lincoln, Neb.
Parents: Craig and Cathy Smith
Siblings: None
Major: Entrepreneurial Business
Athletic Family: Her father, Craig, swam at Nebraska
Favorite Movie: Safety Not Guaranteed
Favorite Athlete: Ryan Lochte
Favorite Quote: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neale Donald Walsch)
Favorite Vacation Spot: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Why Creighton: Coaches, atmosphere, education
Hobbies: Swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting
Favorite Part of Ryan Athletic Center: The fans
Best Volleyball Memories: MVC champs
Team I Wish We Could Play: Stanford
Thoughts on Joining the BIG EAST: Incredibly excited
Favorite Professor at Creighton: Jen Yee

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