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In the spring of this year, Lauren Coursey had to prematurely say goodbye to sports after she tore her ACL while preparing for softball. While Softball Coach Jimmy Fendley was figuring out how to play without his starting short stop, Coursey was trying to navigate ways to get back in the game for her senior year.
Not only did she figure it out, but she succeeded. She made it back from her surgery in time for volleyball this season, and she’s been helping the North Lamar Pantherettes get off to a great start.
“She is an outstanding volleyball player,” Head Volleyball Coach Kathy Barker told eParisExtra. “She was only five months post operation, which is outstanding recovery time.”
Barker noted her fantastic work ethic and her dedication.
“She will out hustle every player,” Barker said.
Coursey has been playing softball all throughout high school and junior high, but she started playing even before that. She plays the libero postion for the Pantherettes. It’s a position that is designated as a defensive specialist, and is the only position that is not limited by the rules of rotation.
Not only does she excel on the volleyball court, but Coursey excels in the classroom as well. She is currently ranked No. 8 in her class.
“I strive for A’s and B’s,” she said. “When you have calculus, though, sometimes you have to do what you can.”
Coursey hopes to continue her volleyball career past high school at the collegiate level. She also hopes to get into nursing school. She’s unsure where she will attend.
For now, though, she’s striving to get better with her current team. She has taken on a leadership role and tries to lead by example with her play on the court.
“At times [the Pantherettes] play well, but we’re not consistent,” she said.
Coach Barker expounded, “[Lauren] once said, ‘I want to be sure I did everything I could do to win the game.’ [Lauren] gives everything. She is a leader for my team, and excels in the classroom as well.”
By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra