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    Lauren Harks
    14 Lauren Harks
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    St. Charles, Ill.

    High School:
    St. Charles

    Height:
    6-1

    Position:
    Libero/Def. Specialist/Outside Hitter

    Birthdate:
    04/01/1983

    AT ILLINOIS

    2004:
    • Converted outside hitter, has grown into one of the top passers in the nation.
    • Named All-Tournament at the Hurricane Frances Classic after tallying 31 digs in two matches.
    • Passed Sandy Scholtens for third on Illinois' all-time digs just with a season-high eights digs vs. Michigan. She now has 1,28 digs for her career.
    • Set a career high with 27 digs vs. Penn State.
    • Has 18 matches with double digits in digs.
    2003:
    Primary libero for Illinois, starting all 33 matches and appearing in 118 games. • Academic All-Big Ten award winner • Reached double figures in digs 21 times, posting a season-high 21 digs vs. Michigan on Nov. 28 • Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in digs per game (3.28). Led the Illini to a big win at home over Wisconsin with a match-high 19 digs • Made several sensational digs in the opening round NCAA win over Murray State • Her strong passing was instrumental in the Illini's sweep of DePaul in the first round of the Illini Classic. • Other strong defensive matches included at Northwestern (19 digs), at Butler (18 digs), vs. Purdue (19 digs), and vs. Minnesota (18 digs). • Earned third Varsity "I" award.

    2002:
    Played in all 29 matches, mostly at libero • Ranked second on the team in digs, averaging 2.8 digs per game on the season • Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in conference matches only with 3.12 dpg • Reached double figures in digs in 18 matches • Recorded a career-high 22 digs vs. Purdue (Oct. 2) • Academic All-Big Ten • George Huff Award winner • Recipient of Sandy Scholtens Award for athletic achievement, effort, and attitude at annual Networkers volleyball banquet • Earned second Varsity "I" award.

    2001:
    Registered a career-high 13 kills in the first match of her collegiate career vs. Georgetown (Aug. 31) • Tied her career best with 13 kills vs. DePaul (Oct. 9) • Had two double-doubles on the year, vs. Georgetown (13 kills, 11 digs) and at DePaul (13 kills, 15 digs) • Ranked second on the team and seventh in the Big Ten in digs averaging 2.85 dpg • Ranked third in the Big Ten in conference matches only with 2.90 dpg • Collected a season-high 21 digs on two occasions, vs. Penn State (Nov. 9) and Purdue (Nov. 17) • Finished in double figures in digs in 13 matches • Hit a career-high .375 vs. Iowa on Oct. 27 • Served a career-high three aces vs. Michigan State (Oct. 13) • Earned first Varsity "I" award.

    High School
    Three-year starter and two-year co-captain was named to the Chicago Tribune all-state team and Chicago Sun-Times all-area team after leading St. Charles to a 35-5 record as a senior • Two-time unanimous all-conference selection (Upstate Eight) • Part of three-straight conference championship teams, as St. Charles went a combined 42-0 • Named team MVP, Kane County Chronicle Player of the Year, and Daily Herald All-Area Team as a junior and senior • Named Tournament MVP as her Sports Performance club team won the 2001 AAU 18-and-under national championships in Orlando, Fla.

    Personal
    Parents are Glenn and Kathy Harks • Majoring in elementary education • Honor roll student and National Honor Society member • Chose Illinois "because of the great coaching staff and wonderful chemistry within the team" • Lists Club coach Rick Butler as influencing her career the most "because he has taught me so much. He always pursues excellence and that is why I am where I am today."

    Lauren Harks By The Numbers

    Overall Statistics
        Year    MP    GP    K    E    TA    Pct.    A    SA   SE   RE   DIG   BS   BA    TB    BE   BHE
        2001    30    105   152  79   566   .129    14   16   22   22   299   16   27    43    10   0
        2002    29    107   3    5    27   -.074    12   1    2    56   301   0    1     1     0    0
        2003    33    120   1    1    2     .000    19   0    0    45   393   0    0     0     0    2
        2004    30    111   1    0    3     .333    22   0    2    25   353   0    0     0     0    1
        Total   112   443   157  85   598   .120    67   17   26   148  1346 16   28    44    10   3
    

    Lauren Harks' Career Highs

    K:     13, twice; vs. Georgetown (8/31/01) & vs. DePaul (10/9/01)
    E:     6 vs. DePaul (10/9/01)
    TA:    35 vs. Minnesota (10/6/01)
    PCT:   .375 vs. Iowa (10/27/01)
    A:     3 at Hawaii (12/12/03)
    SA:    3 vs. Michigan State (10/13/01)
    SE:    2, twice; vs. Wisconsin (11/2/01) & vs. Michigan (10/25/02)
    DIG:   22 vs. Purdue (10/2/02)
    BS:    4 vs. Michigan (11/24/01)
    BA:    5 vs. Indiana (11/14/01)
    TB:    5, twice; vs. Indiana (10/17/01) & vs. Indiana (11/14/01)
    


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