|Hometown:||El Paso, Texas|
|Major:||Accounting and Finance|
Lauren Blanco Biography
Career Notes: Finished her career ranking 11th in program history with 2.93 digs per set and 16th with 1,029 digs... Became the first libero or defensive specialist to earn academic all-conference honors.
2017 (Senior) | Match-By-Match Stats: Earned Academic All-Horizon League honors for the second consecutive year... Became just the third player in program history to earn academic all-conference accolades in consecutive years... Received the program’s Best Defensive Player Award... Played in all 30 matches and appeared in 105 out of 106 possible sets... Led the squad with 482 digs and 4.59 digs per set as the main libero, and she added 63 assists and seven aces... Averaged a league-leading 5.09 digs per set against conference opponents, and her 4.59 digs per set overall was fourth in the league... Her 482 digs were the third most for a single season in YSU history, and her 4.59 digs per set average was the third-best mark... Became the 16th player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs when she reached the milestone at Wright State on Nov. 8... Finished her career with 1,029 career digs, 835 of which came in her final two seasons... Named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16 and Oct. 30... For the period ending Oct. 15, she averaged 6.43 digs per set in two matches... For the period ending Oct. 29, she averaged 6.3 digs while setting a school record for digs in a three-set rally-scoring match with 27 at Northern Kentucky (10/28)... Posted 15 of those digs in the third set... Reached double digits in digs in 26 matches, including the final 10 of her career... Surpassed 20 digs in seven matches... In addition to her 27 digs at NKU, she had 27 in a four-setter against Wright State (10/11).
2016 (Junior) | Match-By-Match Stats: Voted Academic All-Horizon League... Was the first YSU libero or defensive specialist to earn academic all-conference honors in program history... Named Team's Best Defensive Player... Started all 30 matches, including 19 times at libero... Finished the season with career highs of 353 digs, 3.21 digs per set, 16 aces and 0.15 aces per set... Upped her digs per set average to 3.93 in Horizon League contests... Ranked eighth in the Horizon League in digs per set overall, and she had the seventh-best digs per set average during conference play... Recorded at least 10 digs in 20 different matches, including 15 of 16 against league opponents... Finished the season with a career-high 28 digs in a five-set win at UIC (11/11)... Also surpassed 20 digs with 23 in a five-set win at Valparaiso (9/30)... Participated in the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts in March.
2015 (Sophomore) | Match-By-Match Stats: Played in 30 of YSU's 31 matches during the season and started eight times... Appeared in 91 out of 114 sets... Averaged 1.73 digs and 0.47 kills on a .040 attack percentage... Played in 57 out of 58 sets in conference play and averaged 1.91 digs against Horizon League opponents... Her 109 digs in league play tied for the third-most on the squad... Registered at least 10 digs in three matches, including back-to-back matches in starts at Wright State (13) and against UIC (15) in October... Also had 10 digs in the home finale against Wright State (11/10)... The 15 digs against the Flames were the most in her career... Had a career-best eight kills to go with her 13 digs at Wright State (10/13)... Had a pair of aces at Northern Kentucky (10/9)... Started at libero at Butler (9/18).
2014 (Freshman) | Match-By-Match Stats: Played in 45 sets over 27 matches, registering 12 kills, 37 digs and three blocks... Played in 12 of the Penguins' 14 league matches... Made her debut in the victory against Kennesaw State as the libero in the third set and notched six digs (8/30)... Also had six digs in three sets in the victory at Wright State (10/24)... Had two kills in four different non-conference matches... Notched three assists in the win over Virginia (9/12)... Had a kill and a block in one set in the win over Milwaukee while filling in for an injured teammate.
High School: As a senior, posted numbers that ranked second in Franklin High's record book with 31 kills in a match, 564 kills in a season and 1,539 attempts in a season... Was recognized as the District 1-5A Outstanding hitter as a senior, and she was named the Margaret Hussman Volleyball Tournament MVP and all-tournament team two other times... Added 483 digs to her 564 kills... Throughout her career was named Newcomer of the Year in District 1-SA, Prep Volleyball Honorable Mention, first-team all-district, all-city and AVCA Phenom 2012... Finished her career with 1,068 kills, the third-most in Franklin High School history, and 977 digs... Tied the school record with 127 career matches played and was third in school history with 2,820 career attempts... Helped lead the Cougars to district and bi-district titles in 2011 and 2012 and an area championship in 2012... In the classroom, earned academic all-state and all-district accolades... Ranked in the top 2 percent in her graduating class.
Personal: Parents are Gabriel and Natalie... Has two sisters (Madison and Danielle) and a brother (Dante)... Major is accounting and finance... Is a 2017-18 recipient of the McKenna Family Scholarship.
|Oct 27||at IUPUI||L, 3-0|
|Oct 28||at Northern Kentucky||L, 3-0|
|Nov 4||at Cleveland State||L, 3-0|
|Nov 5||Oakland||L, 3-2|
|Nov 8||at Wright State||L, 3-0|
|Nov 11||Milwaukee||W, 3-1|
|Kills per set||0.03||0.06|
|Assists per set||0.60||0.61|
|Service Aces per set||0.07||0.11|
|Digs per set||4.59||5.09|
|Blocks per set||0.01||0.02|
|Ball Handling Errors||3||2|
|Points per set||0.1||0.2|
|Aug 19||YSU Alumni||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Aug 25||vs. Winthrop||W, 3-0||-||3||0||1||1||-1.000||1||0||0||2||11||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Aug 25||at Morehead State||W, 3-0||-||3||0||0||1||.000||2||0||0||1||13||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Aug 26||vs. Delaware State||W, 3-0||-||2||0||0||0||-||1||0||0||0||7||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Aug 29||Robert Morris||W, 3-2||-||5||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||2||15||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 1||vs. New Mexico||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||1||.000||2||0||0||0||8||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 1||vs. North Dakota||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||2||.000||3||0||0||0||13||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 2||at UTEP||L, 3-2||-||5||0||0||1||.000||5||0||0||0||18||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 4||La Salle||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||0||-||1||0||0||0||11||0||0||0||0||1||0.0|
|Sep 8||Fort Wayne||L, 3-1||-||4||0||1||1||-1.000||2||0||0||1||19||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 8||Saint Francis (Pa.)||W, 3-2||-||5||0||0||1||.000||3||0||0||1||25||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 9||Akron||L, 3-1||-||4||0||0||0||-||2||0||0||1||15||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 15||vs. New Mexico||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||0||-||2||0||0||1||5||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 15||vs. Tennessee Tech||W, 3-0||-||3||0||0||2||.000||2||0||0||1||24||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Sep 16||at Toledo||W, 3-2||-||5||0||0||0||-||4||1||1||1||23||0||0||0||0||0||1.0|
|Sep 22||at UIC||L, 3-0||1||3||1||4||13||-.231||1||0||2||1||12||0||1||0||1||0||1.5|
|Sep 23||at Green Bay||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||0||-||2||1||1||1||19||0||0||0||0||0||1.0|
|Sep 29||Northern Kentucky||L, 3-1||-||4||0||0||1||.000||2||1||0||0||24||0||0||0||0||0||1.0|
|Sep 30||IUPUI||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||1||.000||2||0||1||2||17||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Oct 6||Cleveland State||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||0||-||1||0||0||1||15||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Oct 8||at Oakland||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||0||-||3||0||1||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Oct 11||Wright State||L, 3-1||-||4||0||1||1||-1.000||4||0||0||1||27||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Oct 14||at Milwaukee||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||1||.000||1||0||1||1||18||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Oct 20||Green Bay||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||1||.000||1||0||1||0||16||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Oct 21||UIC||L, 3-1||-||4||1||0||2||.500||2||0||1||2||15||0||0||0||0||0||1.0|
|Oct 27||at IUPUI||L, 3-0||-||3||1||0||2||.500||1||0||0||2||12||0||0||0||0||0||1.0|
|Oct 28||at Northern Kentucky||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||1||.000||2||0||0||1||27||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Nov 4||at Cleveland State||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||1||.000||1||0||0||0||16||0||0||0||0||1||0.0|
|Nov 5||Oakland||L, 3-2||-||5||0||0||0||-||1||1||1||1||24||0||0||0||0||0||1.0|
|Nov 8||at Wright State||L, 3-0||-||3||0||0||0||-||3||0||0||1||13||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|Nov 11||Milwaukee||W, 3-1||-||4||0||0||0||-||6||3||1||1||17||0||0||0||0||1||3.0|