RIDGWAY – This is a story of a local athlete who made good, according to mom Kelly Hagemeyer.
Kelly’s daughter Lauren, who starred for the Ridgway High School volleyball team from 2006 to 2009, has gone on to play for NCAA Division II BYU-Hawaii on a full-ride scholarship.
“She just got her first-semester grades, and she’s getting all A’s, so we’re proud of her that way, too,” Kelly Hagemeyer said. “But we wanted people in Ridgway to know that kids can go on from here and do very well in athletics.”
Lauren Hagemeyer started her college career at two-year Snow College in Ephraim, Ut. She only stayed one year, however, when she was recruited by several four-year schools and chose BYU-Hawaii. Now a 6’-1” sophomore right-side hitter, she contributed to the Seasiders’ 16-8 overall record which left them atop their PacWest Division and with an automatic berth in the NCAA West Regional Tournament. In California on Nov. 17, however, the eighth-seeded Seasiders lost in three straight games to No. 1-seeded Cal State San Bernadino.
In the season’s second week back in September, Hagemeyer was named PacWest player of the week for her strong hitting percentage. By November she was leading the Seasiders with a 3.02 kills per contest average and was named to the 2010 all-PacWest Conference first team.
As a four-year starter for Ridgway, she was named All-State in 2007 and 2008 and All-Conference from 2006 to 2009.
Current RHS varsity coach Rebecca Crozier says she “watches Lauren on the BYU Channel when they broadcast her games. She’s doing great. She always had a great attitude, whether we won or lost.”
Hagemeyer is majoring in exercise and sports science.