Position: Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter
Hometown/Residence: McDonough, Ga./McDonough, Ga.
Birth Date: Feb. 12, 1993
Club Team: Springfield Jrs.
High School/Grad Year: Eagles Landing Christian Academy/2011
College Status: Verbaled to Michigan
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: None
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Selected to U.S. Youth Olympic Games roster. 2009 – Named to the U.S. Girls’ Youth A2 team. 2008 – Named to the U.S. Girls’ Youth A2 team.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Named MVP of Southwest Volleyball…Named Outstanding Blocker by PrepVolleyball.com. 2008 – Team finished eighth in the 15 Open Division at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship. 2003 – Began playing club with Eastside Cleveland Jrs.
PERSONAL: Born Lauren Elizabeth Teknipp on Feb. 12, 1993, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio… Father is Phil Teknipp (1965) and Mother is Janet Teknipp (1964)…Has two brothers, Jim (1991) and Bill (1994)… Favorite foods is a chicken quesadilla… Favorite book is The Road…Favorite musical genres are rap and hip-hop and favorite musical group is Paramore…Favorite movie is Twilight and her favorite movie stars are Jessica Alba and Will Smith…Favorite professional sports team is the San Diego Chargers and her favorite athlete is Kerri Walsh…Lists drawing and painting her nails as her interests…Her most admired person is her father because “he always pushes me to be the best I can be and helps me with my workouts”…Lists “winning the Big South Open Qualifier” as her happiest moment in life…Plans to major in journalism.
INTERESTING NOTE: “I just moved to Atlanta, Georgia from Cleveland, Ohio and it was such a big difference for me. The lifestyle and the way everyone acts compared to the North is so different. It was a culture shock. I was stubborn at first but I have adjusted to it and actually like it a lot.”