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Lauren Smith
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Smith Earns Weekly BIG EAST Honor; RPI Now 10th

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton Volleyball's Lauren Smith has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, and the Bluejays remained in the top-10 of the official NCAA RPI rankings announced on Monday.

A redshirt freshman from Lincoln, Neb., Smith averaged a whopping 2.86 blocks per set while adding 1.43 kills per set in road wins at Villanova (3-0) and Georgetown (3-1) last weekend.

She hit .429 and had seven kills and eight blocks on Friday while helping Creighton become the first team all season to sweep Villanova at Nevin Field House.

On Saturday, Smith had 12 blocks and three kills in a victory at Georgetown. The 12 blocks were most in school history by a freshman for any match, and third-most in CU history for any player in a four-set match.

This is the second time this fall that Smith has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, joining her honor from Sept. 16.

In the official RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Monday, Creighton was 10th. Despite six straight weeks in the top-10 of the RPI, the Bluejays were not listed among the votegetter's in Monday's AVCA Top 25 poll.

Creighton makes its final BIG EAST road trip of the season this weekend when it visits St. John's on Friday (4 pm Central) and Seton Hall on Saturday (3 pm Central).
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