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Carlini named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, earns All-Big Ten honors

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Dec. 3, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - Lauren Carlini from the Wisconsin volleyball team has been named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year and also earned All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Tuesday. The 6-2 setter was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and was joined on the rookie team by Haleigh Nelson.

Carlini is just the second UW freshman named to the All-Big Ten team and is the third Badger to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, joining Sherisa Livington (1999) and Claudia Rodriguez (2000). She is also Wisconsin's first All-Big Ten selection since 2007. Carlini and Nelson bring Wisconsin's total members on the Big Ten All-Freshman team to 15 and marks just the third time that UW has had two members of the rookie team in the same season.

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Carlini is the only freshman among the nation's top-25 teams setting a 5-1 offense. She put up 10.87 assists per set during the regular season, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 42nd nationally. The Aurora, Ill., native has started 28 matches for the Badgers and also ranks second on the team with 2.91 digs per set and third with 0.77 blocks per set.

Carlini has a team-best 19 double-doubles this season, making her the top freshman in the country in that category. She has career bests of 62 assists, 20 digs, six blocks, seven kills and three service aces this season.

Nelson, a 6-3 middle blocker, leads Wisconsin with a .326 hitting percentage and 1.10 blocks per set. She ranks sixth in the Big Ten in hitting and seventh in blocks. The Cary, N.C., native has double-figure kills in seven matches this season, including the last three matches in a row.

Nelson has led the Badgers in blocks in 19 matches this season and in hitting percentage in eight matches. She has career bests of 16 kills, 10 blocks, three digs and one assist this season.

UW finished the 2013 Big Ten season tied for fourth in the final standings at 12-8. It is the most conference wins for the Badgers since 2007. The 13th-ranked Badgers are also 23-9 overall and heading to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. Wisconsin will host first-round and second-round matches in the UW Field House on Friday and Saturday.

 2013 All-Big Ten
 Jocelynn Birks *  So.  OH  ILL
 Jennifer Cross  Sr.  MB  MICH
 Lauren Wicinski *  Sr.  OH  MSU
 Tori Dixon *  Sr.  MB  MINN
 Ashley Wittman *  Sr.  OH  MINN
 Kelsey Robinson *  Sr.  OH  NEB
 Kadie Rolfzen  Fr.  OH  NEB
 Stephanie Holthus  Sr.  OH  NU
 Deja McClendon *  Sr.  OH  PSU
 Micha Hancock  Jr.  S  PSU
 Katie Slay *  Sr.  MB  PSU
 Ariele Scott *  Sr.  OH  PSU
 Val Nichol  Jr.  OH/S  PUR
 Lauren Carlini  Fr.  S  WIS
 Honorable Mention
 Liz McMahon  Jr.  OPP  ILL
 Alexis Mathews  Sr.  MB  MSU
 Kori Moster  Jr.  LIB  MSU
 Mary Pollmiller  Jr.  S  NEB
 Kaitlyn Leary  Sr.  OH  OSU
 Carly Cramer  Sr.  LIB  PUR
 All-Freshman Team
 Abby Cole  Fr.  RS  MICH
 Chloe Reinig  Fr.  OH  MSU
 Hannah Tapp  Fr.  MB  MINN
 Kadie Rolfzen *  Fr.  OH  NEB
 Taylor Sandbothe  Fr.  MB  OSU
 Lauren Carlini *  Fr.  S  WIS
 Haleigh Nelson  Fr.  MB  WIS
 Player of the Year
 Kelsey Robinson  Sr.  OH  NEB
 Defensive Player of the Year 
 Kori Moster  Jr.  LIB  MSU
 Setter of the Year
 Micha Hancock  Jr.  S  PSU
 Freshman of the Year
 Lauren Carlini  Fr.  S  WIS
 Coach of the Year (Coaches and Media)
 Russ Rose  PSU
 * Unanimous selections
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