Sports Spotlight: Lauren Randall

BISMARCK, N.D. - The University of Mary volleyball team went a perfect 3 &0 in its recent homestand. The Marauders beat Minot State on Tuesday in 3 sets.

Lauren Randall led the offense with 13 kills in the victory over the Beavers.

Bump, set, kill. It's as easy as that. Especially when it's hit by senior Lauren Randall. She leads the Marauders in kills while sitting 2nd in the NSIC, and has almost reached 1500 career points. Needless to say, she's met her goals here at U-Mary.

"One of my goals coming into college was getting 1,000 kills. I just, I remember watching girls in college get their 1,000th kill, and I just thought that was so cool. And I thought that day would never come, and it did, and it was amazing," said Randall.

But before having the mind-set of reaching 1,000 career kills, Randall was "late to the party" when it comes to playing on the court.

"A friend told me about tryouts, and I said, 'humm, that sounds fun,' and it turns out that I was actually going to miss tryouts, so instead, I was the team manager my first year. And, after that I just knew I loved the game of volleyball, so I've been playing ever since," said Randall.

That was in middle school. And though she played other sports growing up, something about volleyball that just clicked. And since playing as a Marauder, she's done more than just contribute to her record breaking stats.

U-Mary Volleyball Coach Thais Franca said: "How she has become one of the bet leaders for us on the court, it's been amazing to see. See the quiet and shy person freshman year, to now leading the girls, telling the girls what to do, it's, I think that's what makes us excited as a coaching staff."

And don't let her shy demeanor fool you. This spunky senior is full of dedication and ambition both on and off the court.

"There's moments that she's goofy," said Thais.

U-Mary senior setter Katelyn Olson said, " I would describe Lauren as passionate."

"Determined. Determined when it comes to her life, when it comes to her friends and family, and team and the sport. She always wants to work as hard as she can to be the best that she can be," said Freddie Campbell, U-Mary senior outside hitter.

"Lauren Randall is my best friend. We've lived together on and off for like, four years. She is probably, she's a really rock solid person. She really wants everyone to do their best, and she works really hard all the time," said Olson.

And in just a few months, all her hard work will pay off, when she graduates in the spring with a degree in Radiologic Technology.

Randall and the Marauders finish the road part of the season this weekend.