Lauren (Schmidt) Bninski
Lauren (Schmidt) Bninski
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Lauren Bninski, then Lauren Schmidt, was a four-time first-team University Athletic Association (UAA) Volleyball selection from 1999 to 2002, while being named UAA Most Valuable Player in 2001. She is one of only five volleyball players in UAA history, and the only one not from Emory University or Washington University, to receive first-team accolades in four consecutive years. In 2001, she was named the UAA Most Valuable Player while leading the Tartans to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She received All-American honors in 2001 and 2002. Bninski is the Tartans’ all-time leader in kills (2,201), kills per game (4.48), attack attempts (5,096) and points (2,570). She is third in attack percentage (.308) and digs (2,215), fourth in service aces (183), eighth in solo blocks (89) and ninth in total blocks (283). Bninski also holds three single-season records with 651 kills, 4.86 kills per game and 763.5 points. She was also named the NCAA 2003 Woman of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania.