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Lauren Smith

School

Creighton

Position
Middle Blocker
Major
Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Classroom

Lauren Smith owns a 3.39 cumulative GPA after posting a 3.88 GPA in Spring 2016. She has been named to the dean’s list three different times at Creighton and was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team following 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

Character

Smith was voted as a team captain and is well-respected by her teammates. She’s been a part of four different teams to reach the NCAA Tournament and the program’s only three league titles in history. She also has represented Creighton in New York City for BIG EAST meetings with her role on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Community

Smith stays very active in the community as she has participated in a clinic at St. Pius and “Read to Omaha,” as well as helped with the Children’s Aid society while in New York for BIG EAST SAAC meetings. In May 2014, Smith took part in a service trip to Nicaragua. Later that year she helped with Welcome Week, Fullerton Field Day, Dr. Seuss Reading Day, a visit to a children’s hospital, the Walk-A-Thon, and trips to St. Pius and Fullerton Elementary Schools. In 2013-14, she met with a local cancer patient on several occasions and helped with the Bluejay Jamboree as well as the Night Out With the Jays, in addition to the ABIDE house demolition.

Competition

Smith was an honorable mention All-America pick in 2015 when she was also first-team All-East Region and All-BIG EAST. She led the BIG EAST in blocks per set and hitting percentage in 2015. Smith was also eighth nationally in total blocks in 2015 and named to the All-Tournament Team at four different non-conference events. She was the BIG EAST Player of the Week once in 2015 and two-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week in 2013. In 2016 she was named a preseason All-BIG EAST selection.

In 2014, she was the BIG EAST Tournament MVP and a second-team All-BIG EAST selection. As of mid-September Smith currently ranks among the top-10 active players nationally in career blocks and entered the 2016 season with 89 consecutive starts. She had 15 kills and five blocks on .452 hitting in win at No. 23 North Carolina on 12/5/15 to lead team to its first Sweet 16 in program history.