OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton Volleyball senior Lauren Smith has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week, league officials announced on Monday. This is Smith’s first BIG EAST Player of the Week honor in 2016, and second of her career (Oct. 5, 2015).
A Lincoln, Neb., native, Smith hit .553 last week while averaging 3.64 points, 3.29 kills and 0.57 blocks per set in a pair of victories.
The preseason All-BIG EAST selection started her week with 10 kills in 17 swings, hitting a season-best .588 in a sweep of a Marquette team that was just outside the top-25. She then had a season-high 13 kills on .524 hitting, adding four blocks in a 3-1 win over DePaul.
Smith’s .553 hitting percentage is more than 100 percentage points better than the next best mark in BIG EAST play. Her .345 hitting percentage for all matches ranks fifth-best in the league.
Smith is now hitting .472 in Creighton’s last five matches, leading the team with 3.00 kills per set in that span.
Creighton returns to the court on Friday with a 6 pm match at Xavier.