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Lauren Keller ‘21 Recruiting Profile

  • Albuquerque Academy
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM
  • Women's Volleyball
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Lauren Keller's Women's Volleyball Recruiting Profile
Club:
NM Premier
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
140
Dominant Hand:
Right
Age:
17
Prim. Position:
MH
Sec. Position:
OH
Approach Jump
10 ft 1 in
Block Jump
9 ft 9 in
  • 2019 Highlights

Personal Statement

Competitiveness, discipline, and a personal drive to win are central facets of my personality. Growing up the sole sister in a household with two older brothers, I quickly learned that having a fiery, quick, and competitive nature was the only way to ensure that I was included in my siblings' games. Simply put, if I was not able to rival my brothers' athletic and strategic abilities, they would not welcome me in their activities. Since I was a very small child, my spirited attitude has manifested itself in a desire to push myself to my own limits in everything from academics, to service activities, to athletics. Volleyball, a sport that my extended family has played every almost Sunday afternoon on the banks of the Rio Grande River and in Albuquerque parks for more than 60 years and across five generations, has provided a natural outlet for my drive to succeed. 

Although recreational volleyball has been part of my life since before I entered elementary school, the competitive side of the sport is relatively new to me. I am unusual compared to many of my volleyball peers because I have only played organized club and school volleyball for four seasons each. I am still growing rapidly in my physical strength and knowledge of the game, and my enthusiasm toward the sport is only increasing. Some highlights of my volleyball career have been:


  • Fall 2019 varsity season, I was named Captain as a junior, second-year varsity player.

  • I helped lead my team to first place in the District Championship and second place in the State Championship.

  • Fall 2019, I was named


    • Albuquerque Journal's
      1st Team 2019 All Metro (Middle Blocker)

    • 1st-team All District

    • 1st-team All Metro

    • 1st-team All State (Middle Blocker)

    • All-District All-Academic

    • Second-year varsity letterman



  • According to MaxPreps, I finished the 2019 fall season 8th in NM across classes for Hitting (hitting %=.372), 14th in NM for Kills (kill %=46.5), and 12th in NM for Blocks (total blocks=100).

  • Awarded "All Tournament" honors in September 6-7, 2019 16-school Moriarty Invitational.

  • Awarded "All Tournament" honors in September 27 - 28, 2019 12-school RRHS / CHS VolleyBash Tournament.  

  • At the end of the fall 2018 varsity season, my coaches and teammates named me “Rookie of the Year.” 

  • After the varsity season, I was recruited by two highly competitive nationals teams, Duke City Volleyball Academy 16N1 and 17N1, as well as by other clubs' national teams. I chose DCVA 17N1 SWAT in order to challenge myself by playing with and learning from exceptional and more experienced teammates, several of whom have committed to D1 schools. 

  • My club team earned a national bid for GJNC 2019, and I was honored to have the opportunity to compete at nationals in Indianapolis in July 2019.


In addition to my athleticism and physical contributions to my high school and club teams’ play, I am proud of the fact that my coaches consistently tell me that I have unlimited potential and that I am one of the most level-headed, respectful, and coachable players with whom they have worked. Both coaches and the athletic director at my school have independently told me that they think my best years of volleyball are yet to come. I want to play college volleyball to continue challenging myself at top levels physically and mentally. Moreover, I want to play in college because of the genuine joy I experience in working with equally motivated teammates toward a shared goal. The camaraderie of team play represents the dimension of volleyball that has become among the reasons I absolutely love the game. Finally, I view volleyball and academics as interconnected in that both will allow me to attend a top-tier university.

I am an intense scholar-athlete who balances the demands of attending one of the most prestigious and rigorous independent schools in the country with a full extracurricular schedule. (In 2015, Bestcolleges.com ranked my school as fifth among the top fifty private high schools in the nation using Niche.com data; currently, it is ranked within the top 65.) I have maintained a 98% cumulative grade point average (4.28 weighted GPA) while taking courses such as AP Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, Spanish III & IV, and Calculus AB & BC. Faculty honored me with six commendation letters, one for each academic course I took, an award given each year to only 1-2 students per class. My standardized test scores make me an academically viable candidate for National Merit honors and for attending a top-tier university. My October 2019 PSAT score is a 1430 (720 evidence-based reading/writing and 710 math; 99th percentile). I was named National Merit Semifinalist in September 2020. My pre-ACT score was a 31 (27 math, 30 science, 34 English, 33 reading).  Additionally, I am a Community Service Executive Board member and a two-year member of Community Service Honor Society. In volunteer work, I planned and oversaw a charity wheelchair basketball game, taught faculty and the entire seventh-grade class CPR through Project Heart Start, assisted in planning and executing two blood drives, and tutored African refugee children most Saturday afternoons, logging over 180 hours of volunteer time. For summers  2018 and 2019, I simultaneously worked paid jobs and took credit courses to advance my academic course of study; summer of 2020 (COVID-19), I volunteered at a daycare serving the children of essential workers. I believe that my challenging year-round academic load and my commitment to hard work reflect on personal qualities that make me an attractive student-athlete for your program. 

I know that I have the ability to make strong contributions to a college team, and I sincerely appreciate your consideration of me as a recruit for the incoming class for fall 2021. 

Athletics

High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 3 years
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey:
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #3
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Area, Albuquerque Journal 2019 1st Team All Metro, 1st Team All Academic
  • Team Awards:
    Conference=District, Conference Champs, State 2nd Place
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey:
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference
  • Team Awards:
    Conference Champs, Conference=District (our team was #1 in district, and I received "All District" award
  • 2017 Junior Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey:

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 5 seasons
  • 2020 NM Premier (18 Nike National 1)
  • 2019 New Mexico Premier (18 Asics National 1)
  • 2018 Duke City Volleyball Academy (SWAT 17 National 1)
  • 2017 E3VB New Mexico (15 Regional 1)
  • 2016 New Mexico Premier (14 Regional 1)

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Maribeth Dvorak
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Ashley Ramos
  • Club Coach
  • Jordan Russell

Academics

Grades

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Test Scores

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High School Information

High School:
Albuquerque Academy
State:
NEW MEXICO
Enrollment:
1122

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Sophomore: Advanced Trigonometry/Pre-Cal Junior:Advanced English III, Advanced Ceramics III Senior: Advanced English IV, Advanced Senior Humanities
AP Classes:
Yes. Sophomore: AP Chemistry Junior: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles Senior: AP Calculus BC, AP Physics C
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
No

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • National Merit Semifinalist Fall 2020
  • Award
    • AP Scholar with Honor 2020
  • Award
    • Commendation Letters-- awarded by teachers to top 10% of students in each course (Freshman: World History to 1789
  • Award
    • Spanish II
  • Award
    • Physics I
  • Award
    • Chemistry I
  • Award
    • Geometry/Algebra II. Sophomore: English II
  • Award
    • World History since 1789
  • Award
    • Spanish III
  • Award
    • AP Chemistry
  • Award
    • Advanced Trigonometry/Pre-Cal
  • Award
    • Ceramics II.) 2020 Scholastic Arts & Writing Honorable Mention Ceramics & Glass. 2019 UNM Young Artists Award
  • Activity
    • Community Service Executive Board
  • Activity
    • Community Service Honor Society
  • Activity
    • Community Service Connect Club Leader
  • Activity
    • Refugee Peer Tutor
  • Activity
    • organized wheelchair basketball fundraiser for Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation
  • Activity
    • trained 7th grade class and all school faculty CPR via Project Heart Start NM
  • Activity
    • Calico Butterfly Preschool volunteer childcare worker
  • Activity
    • Catholic Charities Center for Refugee Support peer mentor

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Statistics

Statistic 2019 Varsity Te
Attack Kills 302
Attack Errors 60
Total Attempts 650
Kill Percentage 46.5
Solo Blocks 31
Assisted Blocks 69
Total Blocks 100
Blocks/Game 3.7
Aces 32
Serving Percentage 93.3
 

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