Dec. 5, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Lauren Carlini, a 2013 signee of the University of Wisconsin volleyball program, was named the most valuable player of the 2012 Illinois High School Girls Volleyball All-Star Game held Saturday at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill. The 6-2 setter/hitter had 13 assists and 10 kills in leading Team Pink to a 25-19, 17-25, 25-11, 16-25, 15-7 win over Team White.
“Everyone was super excited to play with each other,” said Carlini after the match. “We came in really open minded and our main thing to tonight was to just have fun. We made it this far. We’re all All-Stars here no matter what so we had nothing to prove. We just had to go out there have fun and the win on top of it was just icing on the cake.”
The 6-2 Carlini was ranked as the No. 1 recruit nationally by PrepVolleyball.com. She was recently named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Under Armour All-America first team. Carlini played her high school volleyball at West Aurora High School for head coach Kari Nicolson. She was named the 2012 Chicago Sun Times Player of the Year and is the first player to be named the captain of the Daily Herald all-area team three times. Carlini was also named to all-state teams by the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette.
Listen to the match and post-match interview with Carlini here.
Photos from practice and the match.