AOTW: Lauren Randall

National Sports

I’m always amazed at how volleyball players can wait on the other end of the spike and not be bothered about it at all. It looks painful. UMary junior Lauren Randall dishes out a lot of pain on the court. The outside hitter leads UMary in kills so far this season. She gets about four a set. For Randall, who’s from Minnesota, UMary represented a great chance to play in front of a lot of people who know her.

(Lauren Randall, AOTW)
“I have a lot of family here so I always heard about Mary college and when it was time for me to pick a school I thought that this would be a good place. It’s helped a lot. They’ve helped me through the emotional side of it and the physical side of it. “

(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
Randall is pretty reserved but lets it all out on the court, her coach Thais Franca says. Never one to single out individual players, Franca recognizes how important Lauren is to the team.

(Thais Franca, UMary volleyball coach)
“It’s kind of hard to say that. I don’t like to focus on one player but Lauren does a lot. As a team, if we only depend on Randall, opponents will mark her and shut her down right away. She’s really strong, mental wise, she’s really strong and whenever I tell her ‘I wanna see you do that’, she turns around and she does it. She’s starting to develop a lot more the communication with her teammates and that’s helped a lot with her game,”

UMary opens the Northern Sun season on the road. They’ll be going to Aberdeen on Thursday to play Northern State.

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