Division II Standout Also an Academic All-American
RIDGWAY – The volleyball career of Ridgway High School grad Lauren Hagemeyer ended spectacularly last month with her college team, The BYU-Hawaii Seasiders, making the Final Four at the Division II NCAA tournament in Pensacola, Fla.
The Seasiders lost in the semifinals to the eventual champions from Concordia-St. Paul, but the 6’1” Hagemeyer, the team’s most consistent outside hitter, had a sterling tournament, averaging 3.71 kills per game and posting a hitting percentage of .382. Those numbers were good enough to earn her All-Tournament honors. In the final match, Hagemeyer had 15 kills while hitting .467, a remarkable success rate of kills per attempt.
Hagemeyer led the RHS Demons through some lean years in the 2000s then attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, for a year before transferring to BYU-Hawaii. In this her senior year, she helped the Seasiders to a 25-4 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Prior to the tournament, she was named Second Team All-American on top of academic honors.
“We are obviously some very pleased and proud parents,” said Dale Hagemeyer this week from the family home in Pleasant Valley. “We think it’s an inspiring story. Not many athletes from our little schools go on to success at the NCAA level.”
Dale said his daughter is planning to go on a year-and-a-half mission to Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And when she returns she hopes to go back to school for a degree in physical therapy.