Name: Lauren Carlini
Position: Setter
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-1
Hometown: Aurora, Ill.
High School: West Aurora High School (Aurora, Illinois)
College: University of Wisconsin

Most Notable

  • Chosen most valuable player and Best Setter at the 2018 Pan American Cup as she started all six matches leading the U.S. to gold
  • Named 2016-17 Sullivan Award Winner for best amateur athlete in any sport in the United States
  • Three-time AVCA All-America First-Team selection as setter at University of Wisconsin from 2014-16 after being second-team selection in 2013


  • 2019: FIVB Volleyball Nations League (Gold); Tokyo Qualification Tournament (1st); FIVB World Cup (Silver); NORCECA Women's Continental Championship (Silver)
  • 2018: Pan American Cup (Gold)
  • 2017: Pan American Cup (Gold); USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil; FIVB World Grand Champions Cup (Bronze)
  • 2016: Pan American Cup (Bronze)

Did You Know:

  • Named Player of the Pool by the FIVB at the 2019 Tokyo Qualification Tournament held Aug. 2-4, 2019, in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana, as Team USA earned its berth into the 2020 Olympic Games
  • First University of Wisconsin volleyball player to be a four-time AVCA All-American
  • First University of Wisconsin player to be a four-time All-Big Ten pick
  • Big Ten Setter of the Year in 2014 and 2015, as well as Big Ten Player of the Year in 2014
  • Trained with the U.S. Women's National Team for three weeks during the summer of 2014
  • Majored in retailing and consumer behavior with a certificate in entrepreneurship at University of Wisconsin
  • Named 2012 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year and was ranked No. 1 by
  • Member of U.S. Girls' Youth National Team that competed in 2010 FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship
  • Parents are Anthony and Gale Carlini
  • Sibling are brother Anthony and sister Alyssa

Lauren Carlini's Favorites
Food: Pizza and Ice Cream ... Book: Lone Survivor ... Music Type: Rap/Hip-Hop ... Musical Person/Group: Backstreet Boys and Travis Scott ... Movie: Avengers ... Actress: Jennifer Anniston ... Professional Team: Chicago Blackhawks ... Athlete: Misty May-Treanor

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, trying new food places, driving, listening to music, hanging out at the pool

Most Admired Person: Her grandmother

Happiest Moment in Life: "Winning National Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year"

Path to the Podium

  • Started playing club indoor volleyball in 2000
  • Member of U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that competed in 2010 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship
  • Named Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year in 2012 after stellar senior season at West Aurora High School
  • Ranked as the No. 1 recruit coming out high school by following her senior season in 2012
  • Became University of Wisconsin’s first four-time AVCA All-American
  • Made debut with the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2016 Pan American Cup
  • Chosen as the 2016-17 Sullivan Award Winner as the best amateur athlete in any sport in the United States

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