By; Logan Mullen
Anyone who has been a college freshman knows that the first couple of weeks on campus can be a stressful and nerve-racking period of time. First-year students are away from family, every face is new and there is no clue how to get around. It is a part of life that every new student has to learn to cope with.
Well, everyone except for Lauren Holt.
Just a few weeks into her freshman year at Springfield College, the middle blocker has wasted no time making a name for herself around campus, ranking in the top tier of every major statistical category of a women’s volleyball team that has had immense success. In nine matches through Springfield’s currently undefeated season, Holt has accumulated 83 kills with 161 total attacks while sporting a .385 hitting percentage.
Holt grew up down the road in Granby, Conn., attending Granby Memorial High School. Captaining the women’s volleyball team, Holt’s statistics ranked in the top 50 in the state. Holt’s skills certainly had a smooth transition from high school to college, and by looking at the statistics through nine matches this season for Springfield, it is not surprising to see that she finished her senior year with 255 kills and a .530 hitting percentage, and in turn led Granby Memorial to a 15-6 record.
Although it may seem that volleyball is the focal point of her life, she was actually brought to Springfield due to the quality of the Athletic Training program and academic departments as a whole.
“[Springfield] has one of the top programs in the country, so that was definitely big because school is important to me,” Holt stated.
As for volleyball, Holt was not only enticed by the successful program head coach Moira Long has compiled at Springfield, but the intangibles as well.
“Springfield was very accepting from day one, even when I came for my overnight visit,” added Holt. “We just put whoever is the best player out on the court, and we are really close knit.”
Holt not only possesses abilities on the court and in the classroom, but the ability to be humble.
In this day and age where Heisman winners and basketball stars have made headlines for matters not pertaining to their on-field talents, Holt remains humble amidst a gifted and successful team.
“I try not to obsess over stats. I don’t let them go to my head. Our team motto this year is ‘Never be satisfied,’ so I just keep trying to make that push to get better,” continued Holt.
Furthermore, Holt’s goals for the remainder of the season are not for the sake of escalating her name in the volleyball world, but for escalating the Springfield College name.
In fact, Holt’s goals could not be more cut and dry as well as attainable: get closer with the team, continue winning and get more fans at home games.
Not only are these her goals, but it is also what she is looking forward to the most the rest of the season. Due to the way she carries herself and supports her team, expect to see these goals attained by season’s end.
One thing that may be indicative of Holt’s bright personality and positive attitude is the relationship she has with her family.
“My parents have always supported me. My family in general has always been supportive,” said Holt.
Due to the short drive, Holt’s parents attend many of her games, and their support for her college years has stretched beyond the realm of just volleyball to include the college application and decision process known ubiquitously as a high stress period of time.
“They definitely supported me,” said Holt. “They wanted it to be my choice so there was never any pressure.”
Lauren Holt is the epitome of a well-rounded individual. She is family-oriented, she knows that academics come first in college and she is an incredible volleyball player.
Overall, Holt is the type of athlete that everyone can learn from. She is the type of individual every team needs.
For the Springfield College community, it is going to be an enjoyable four years seeing Lauren Holt progress as a player, but it will be even more enjoyable seeing her continue to progress as a person.