UW Health Sports Medicine 

Lauren Carlini
Lauren  Carlini


Aurora, Ill.

High School:
West Aurora



• 2014 AVCA First-Team All-American
• 2013 AVCA Second-Team All-American
• 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year
• 2014 Big Ten Setter of the Year
• 2013 and 2014 All-Big Ten
• 2014 Louisville NCAA Regional All-Tournament
• 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
• 2013, 2014 AVCA All-Northeast Region
• 2013 AVCA Northeast Region Freshman of the Year
• 2013 NCAA Championship All-Tournament
• 2013 Champaign NCAA Regional MVP
• Big Ten Player of the Week, Oct. 27, 2014
• Big Ten Setter of the Week, Sept. 8, 2014; Sept. 22, 2014; Nov. 3, 2014 (co); Nov. 24, 2014;  Oct. 5, 2015
• Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, Nov. 4, 2013
• 2014 HotelRED Invitational All-Tournament
• 2013 NC State Invitational All-Tournament
• 2014 CoSIDA Academic All-District
• 2014 Academic All-Big Ten

Record Book
• Only the second first-team All-American in program history
• Only the second freshman to be named All-American
• Ranks seventh in career assists (3,342)
• Ranks fifth in career assists per set (11.25)
• UW season record holder for assists (1,472) and assists per set (11.23) for 25-point rally scoring

Of Note:
Trained with the US National Team for three weeks during the summer of 2014

2015: Has started all 14 matches and played in all 50 sets ... ranks first in the Big Ten and ninth nationally with 11.56 assists per set ... put up a season-high 56 assists vs. Arkansas (Sept. 19) ... adds 2.80 digs per set ... had a season-high 14 digs vs. Kansas State (Sept. 18) ... has seven double-doubles ... ranks third on the team with 0.80 blocks per set ... had a season high five blocks vs. Colgate (Aug. 29)

Played in all 34 matches, starting 33, and 115 sets ... ranked second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally with 11.23 assists per set ... had a season-high 61 assists at Washington (Sept. 19) ... added 0.88 kills per set ... had a career-high nine kills vs. Nebraska (Oct. 26) ... hit .329 on the season ... led the team and ranked third in the Big Ten 0.39 service aces per set ... had 45 aces on the year ... had at least one service ace in 26 matches ... had a season-high three aces in three matches ... ranked second on the team with 3.03 digs per set, which ranked 14th in the Big Ten ... had double-figure digs in 18 matches for a team-high 18 double-doubles ... tied her career best with 20 digs vs. Western Michigan (Dec. 4) ... ranked fourth on the team with 0.70 blocks per set ... had a season-high five blocks in two matches ... had a career-high 13 points vs. Nebraska

2013: Started 34 matches and played in 132 sets ... did not play in four matches due to a leg injury ... recorded a career high 62 assists vs. Purdue (Nov. 2) ... had a career-high 20 digs vs. Milwaukee (Sept. 14) ... put away a season-high seven kills at Nebraska (Oct. 5) ... active setter who averaged 0.99 kills per set ... hit a perfect 1.000 (6-0-6) vs. Iowa (Nov. 10) ... had a career-high six blocks three times--vs. UNI (Sept. 6), vs. VCU (Sept. 21) and at Penn State (Oct. 12) ... recorded at least one service ace in 20-of-34 matches, including a career-best four aces vs. Milwaukee (Dec. 6) ... averaged 0.22 service aces per set, second on team ... led team with 11.15 assists per set, which ranked third in the Big Ten ... added 2.82 digs per set, second on the team ... had double-figure digs in 22 matches to record a team-high 22 double-doubles ... ranked third on the team with 0.79 blocks per set

High school: 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year in volleyball ... No. 1-ranked recruit by PrepVolleyball.com ... Volleyball Fab 50 ... American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Under Armour All-America first team ... member of the USA Youth National Team in 2010 and 2011, competing in the 2011 Girls' Youth World Championship in Turkey ... named the most valuable player of the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships ... earned four AAU All-America awards ... named the 2012 Chicago Sun Times Player of the Year ... first player to be named the captain of the Daily Herald all-area team three times ... four-time unanimous all-conference pick ... led her team to the 2012 Dupage Valley Conference ... named to all-state teams by the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette ... named an ESPN Player on the Rise and Max Preps Player of the Week in 2011-12

Personal: Parents are Tony and Gale Carlini ... has one sister, Alyssa (17) and one brother Tony IV (15) ... mother played volleyball at Appalachian State ... born Feb. 28 ... nickname is LC ... major is retailing

Why Wisconsin?

"I've always loved the tradition and atmosphere of not only the volleyball program but also the entire campus. It is a great school and was the perfect fit for me."

Match Highs
Kills: 9 vs. Nebraska, 10-26-14
Attempts: 18 (2x; MR vs. Illinois, 11-19-14)
%: 1.000 (6-0-6) vs. Iowa, 11-10-13
Assists: 62 at Purdue, 11-2-13
Aces: 4 vs. Milwaukee, 12-6-13
Digs: 20 (2x; MR vs. W. Michigan, 12-4-14)
Block Assists: 5 (7x; MR vs. Colgate, 8-29-15)
Blocks: 6 (3x; MR at Penn State, 10-12-13)
13 vs. Nebraska, 10-26-14

Off the Court with Lauren Carlini

Favorites- Spot on campus: The Terrace; Movie: The Avengers; Celebrity: Jennifer Aniston; Food: Ice Cream; TV Show: Gossip Girl; Book: Lone Survivor; Car: Audi R8; Musical artist: Drake; Athlete: Tim Duncan; Volleyball Player: Misty May –Treanor; Sports team: Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bears
First started volleyball: Kindergarten
Most memorable volleyball match: Beating Texas in the national semis freshman year.
My favorite thing about Wisconsin volleyball is: I love how committed and competitive everyone is. We come into the gym everyday and force ourselves and each other to be better day in and day out.
Before each match, I: Listen to my music and look over the scouting report
Best UW road trip: Seattle for the final four
Favorite place to play (besides the Field House): Nebraska
One word that describes the team: Competitors
One word that describes me: Passionate
My teammates say I am: Fierce
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Make dinner with everyone
Most memorable volleyball achievement: Gatorade Player of the Year my senior year in high school
This summer, I: finished rehabbing my ankle, did workouts and took an online class.
The best thing about the Field House is: The atmosphere on game days and our amazing fans
If I could change one volleyball rule, it would be: Setters in the back row could block overpasses
If I was Coach Sheffield for the day, I would: Put me at libero
Dream as a collegiate player: Win a national championship
What would you be doing if you weren’t playing collegiate volleyball? Probably doing some type of car racing or competing in another sport.
The best thing about Madison is: How many things there are to do on and around campus
My most prized possession is: My Gatorade trophy
I can’t live without: My phone
My secret addiction is: Marvel superhero movies
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I can't stand the texture of dry cotton balls or Q-tips. Freaky!
The best sporting event I ever attended was: The NCAA championship match we played in 2013
Nobody knows how much I love to: Sleep or watch old volleyball matches
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Internet
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Fiji
A non-athletic talent I have is: Making grilled cheese and quesadillas
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: To sing
If you could trade places for a day with a person, who would it be and why? Blake Lively because I wouldn’t mind being married to Ryan Reynolds for a day.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Buy a really nice car and buy my parents a house
My bucket list includes: Playing in the Olympics, going white water rafting, hiking mountains, travelling the world and go to Fiji and stay in one of those cool hut things.
Post-college plans/goals: Play for the National and Olympic team and play professionally
My dream date would be: JJ Watt probably racing go-carts.
What are you most thankful for? My parents for making my dreams possible.
What are you passionate about? My future in volleyball
My favorite quote or motto is: “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”
My favorite saying or a phrase I use all the time is: I may not be the strongest and I may not be the fastest but I will be the hardest worker.
The best advice I have ever gotten is: Don’t underestimate or limit yourself, you can do whatever you put your mind to.
My worst habit is: Biting my nails
I am afraid of: Heights

What does it mean to be a Badger?

"Being a Badger means inspiring others and excelling in every aspect of our lives. A badger represents our team so well because it shows fight and passion - just like our team does."

Volleyball vs Minnesota
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