“She’s a leader and is going to do great wherever she goes,” said North Stokes volleyball coach Christine Condon.
Senior Lauren Charleville signed a letter of intent on Friday to continue her volleyball career at Salem College in Winston Salem.
Along with being a powerful force on the court, Charleville has also been an all-conference basketball player and recently finished fourth in the Northwest 1A conference in ladies high jump.
“Lauren’s a good all-around player,” Condon said. “She stepped in this year playing defense and filled the role really well. She can hit outside, she can hit middle and she runs a lot of good movement plays.”
During her senior season she was named on the prestigious American Volleyball Coaches Association and Under Armour Watch List and was in the running for one of 72 All-American slots.
“I’ve seen her grow personally into a nice young adult. She has control of her emotions on the court so if a bad call came through or a hit didn’t go quite the way she wanted, she was able to move past that and get ready for the next play. She’s someone a setter can really count on.”
Of the three sports she’s played in high school, Charleville said she enjoys volleyball the most because of the tight-knit team aspect.
“It’s really fun and I like that it requires you to keep your head in the game at all times.”
In a playoff matchup against Starmount the athlete was faced with strong competition along with a rowdy student section.
“It was a reminder of how you have to stay focused and battle hard, no matter the distractions,” she said.
As her senior year winds down Charleville credits her parents for their love and support and former volleyball coach Christy Menear, who coached her for three season before moving out of state.
“She taught me a lot and helped me grow as a player.”
Charleville’s parents, Lee and Jane said watching their daughter’s high school athletic career come to an end has been bittersweet.
“It’s one of the best things I’ve done is watch her play ball,” her father said. “I have two boys and I’ve enjoyed watching them, but there’s something about the competitive spirit Lauren has. She’s always been athletic and self-driven. I knew she could always do what she set her mind to. She’s just a self-determined young lady and a lot of that is to her own credit.”
The two are also grateful for the coaches who’ve invested in their only daughter over the past four years.
“Of course our family has always been there, but she’s been very blessed to have a good support system of coaches, parents, and teammates,” Charleville’s mother said. “I look forward to seeing her excel in the sport and getting an amazing education. Our hopes and dreams for Lauren is to always strive to put God first in her life and then everything will fall into place. We also hope she never forgets where she came from and looks for opportunities to give back to her small town and community that have been so supportive of her.”
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