Student athlete profile

Name: Lauren Borhani

Year: senior

Hometown: Hinsdale

When did you start playing volleyball?

I started playing in the fourth grade at New Wave and I've been playing ever since. A lot of my friends had older sisters who played, so that influenced me to start playing.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

I just love competing and I love how fast-paced the game is. One of my favorite things is also that it is very team-oriented. I love being out on the court with my teammates.

What is the most challenging part of being an outside hitter?

This kind of applies to all positions, but I think sometimes the mental game can be one of the harder parts of volleyball. It's such a game that's based on mistakes. I think keeping a clear mind can sometimes by a challenge.

How have you improved since your freshman year?

I definitely think I've become a lot more vocal and better at communication on the court.

When were you injured?

About two weeks ago, I sprained my MCL and dislocated my patella, so I'm out for about six to eight weeks.

What is your goal for the postseason?

For the team I would say my main goal is for us always to walk out on the court with the confidence we know how much we can achieve. I don't want us to second-guess our abilities when we're out there. Personally, since I'm injured right now, I want to do my best to communicate effectively from the sidelines and let them know I'm still here for them and they can still lean on me, even though I'm not out on the court with them.

Will you play after high school?

I definitely think I want to play at the recreational level, but I'm not planning on playing collegiately.

Why does coach Lisa Tazelaar like having Borhani on the team?

Lauren has done so much for the development of this program and where we are at today. She is a leader by example - she works hard, she is dedicated and she cares about all of her teammates. Even when she went down this season with a temporary knee injury, she was still involved and worked hard everyday to get back on the road to recovery. This program will truly miss her next year.

- profile by Pamela Lannom, photo by Jim Slonoff

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean