MADISON, Wis. - Lauren Carlini did it again. Carlini, a 2013 signee for the University of Wisconsin volleyball program, picked up another national player of year honor on Tuesday as she was named the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year.
The award, presented in conjunction with USA Today, began in 1985-86 and now includes 50 state winners every year in each of 12 sports. Selections are made by a national panel based on athletic accomplishments as well as academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
Gatorade National Player of the Year trophy
Carlini was presented with the award on Tuesday at her high school by beach volleyball player April Ross, who won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
The 6-2 setter/hitter was ranked as the No. 1 recruit nationally by PrepVolleyball.com. She was named to the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Under Armour All-America first team.
Carlini was a member of the USA Youth National Team in 2010 and 2011, competing in the 2011 Girls' Youth World Championship in Turkey. She was also named the most valuable player of the 2011 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
She has earned four AAU All-America awards, leading her Sports Performance club team, under directors and coaches Rick and Cheryl Butler, to numerous top-10 finishes.
Carlini played her high school volleyball at West Aurora High School. 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.
Carlini is also now a finalist for Gatorade's National Female Athlete of the Year, who will be selected from the 14 national sport winners and named next July. She and her parents will be flown to Hollywood for the announcement, prior to the ESPY Awards.
She will play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition on Friday at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Ky., as part of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.