My name is Lauren Ring and am entering my senior year as a homeschooler. I am a varsity setter and designated server. Beginning when I was a young child, I have always harbored a love for volleyball. As the years went on, I looked up to college athletes as role models and dreamed of becoming one myself. My volleyball career started in 7th grade when I began attending camps at a local high school. In 8th grade I began playing on a homeschool team as a junior high member and sat the bench for varsity. I have played varsity for the past four years and was a starter for 2 of those years. Right after my sophomore year, I was diagnosed with a Ewings Sarcoma and underwent intensive chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Due to this, I was not able to play a lot my junior year. But as of the present, I am working hard to get my strength and skills back and am looking forward to playing competitive volleyball again.
Some of my accomplishments include my varsity team going undefeated my sophomore year and placing first in our conference tournament. The same year, the JV team, which I also played on, placed first in the gold bracket at the regional tournament. As a player, I am determined, hard-working and coachable. Always looking for constructive feedback on my playing, I work to push myself to do better. In the past I have struggled with moving on from mistakes. However, this recent year I have grown better at putting the past in the past and focusing on the future (next play).
What I am looking for in a college volleyball program is a close-knit family dynamic. Not only am I looking for the right fit for volleyball, but I am also looking for a school that will help me in pursuing my goal of becoming a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology nurse.