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On Tuesday, November 14 senior Lauren Deaton signed with Samford University with a full scholarship to play Division 1 volleyball.
Lauren started her volleyball career playing Cub Sports in 3rd grade at Harding and she has been a powerful presence on the Harding Academy varsity volleyball team for the past four years. In her tenure, Harding finished runner up in the region her freshman year then won 3 consecutive Region Championships, Lauren being named MVP all 3 years. She’s made 4 consecutive state appearances, being knocked out the first day of her freshman campaign, and followed up with 3 State Runner Up finishes. Lauren was named first team all district 4 years in a row. She was also a Best of the Preps finalist her sophomore & junior years. Lauren has been a part of the Under Armour Phenom List for the past 2 years (junior & senior). Her junior year she was the MVP of the Back 2 Boro tournament where Harding beat Siegel in the finals in Murfreesboro and went a perfect 8-0 on the weekend.
Her career stats:
Kills - 2138 - 6th player ever to finish their high school career with over 2,000 kills in the state.
Hitting Percentage - .362
Blocks - 292
Digs - 1488
Aces - 309
Lauren also played club ball for Memphis Metro for 8 years and has been recognized with several awards.
”Lauren was an absolute joy to coach. She is a player who is always coachable, has a fantastic work ethic, and always has her team’s best interest at heart. I wish Lauren the best through her final year of high school and through her college experience at Samford. I’m positive that we will see great things from Lauren Deaton!" Alyssa Hall, former Harding varsity volleyball coach.
"Lauren committing to Samford is a true testament of her impeccable drive and work ethic. God has blessed her with a very special gift, which has brought her several individual awards and accolades, yet she remains very humble. I think that is why her teammates enjoy playing with her. Lauren is so fun to coach, she is a constant student of the game, always asking questions to make herself better and her passion and enthusiasm for the game is contagious. I am sure that will carry over at Samford, where she will have an instant impact. She makes everyone around her better including her coaches. Samford is very fortunate to have her and we look forward to the next chapter in her career there." Coach Michael Sansone, Harding varsity volleyball coach.
"Volleyball Adds Three In Highly-Touted Recruiting Class" on the Samford Sports website.
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