Maselli named to Rhode Island athlete |

Maselli named to Rhode Island athlete

Michael Traum

Lauren Maselli began her collegiate career as a raw but highly talented athlete.

Her skills matured throughout four years of playing Division 1 volleyball and that development was acknowledged last month when the Rhode Island outside hitter was awarded the Keaney Award, given to the most outstanding senior athlete by the university.

“It’s exciting to receive it,” said Maselli, who was nominated by her coach, Bob Schneck. “Coach was really happy, too. It’s not just an award for me, but for the team as well.”

The Rams won both the Atlantic-10 regular season and postseason tournament titles. Maselli, who is in the running to represent the state of Rhode Island for the NCAA National Women of the Year award, finished her career with more than 1,000 blocks and 1,000 kills. The team’s only senior was also selected to the all-tournament teams at the Aston’s Imua Hawaii Volleyball Challenge, the New England Invitational and the Subway Rhode Island Classic. In addition, she was named the national player of the week once and the Atlantic-10 player of the week three times.

“She had everything – the leadership, the inspiration for the team to do well. I felt she was clearly head and shoulders above the other candidates,” Schneck said. “We recruited her because of her ability to show promise as an athlete. She came into the program just as we received funding for the 12 full scholarships and a full-time assistant. She’s one of the people that helped us along and one of those kids that will stay in contact with the program. We will struggle to find a new leader and she will be missed.”

Maselli graduated in mid-May. While a professional career overseas is a possibility, Maselli said she hopes to put her degree to work by becoming a sports broadcaster.

“There’s nothing like college sports. But I’m ready to start my career,” she said.

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