There's no sophomore slump for Geneva's Lauren Wicinski.
The Northern Illinois University outside hitter heads into weekend matches at Ball State (Friday) and Toledo (Saturday) leading the nation in kills-per-set with a 5.40 average. Georgia Tech's Monique Mead ranks second in the category at 5.17.
Wicinski, the defending Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, and her teammates are averaging 15.15 kills-per-set, which also leads the country. Wicinski is third in the nation in aces-per-set at 0.62, which puts her No. 1 in points-per-set at 6.35.
Not surprisingly, NIU senior setter Kristin Hoffman from Batavia is faring well. She ranks second in the NCAA lists with an average of 12.34 assists-per-set.