With a whopping 675 Eagle career kills, 70 blocks, .275 attack percentage and 138 digs, Lauren Reichard has made a huge impact and impression on the Georgia Southern volleyball team.
The 6-foot middle has made quite the name for herself here at GS through team leadership, her vast skill set and many awards she has received over the years highlighted by being named to the first-team All-Sun Belt.
Reichard is just the seventh female Eagle be named to first team All-Sun Belt and the first since Emily Snider, who was named to the first team All-Sun Belt team for softball.
“First team last year was a big accomplishment,” Reichard said. “Definitely didn’t see it coming, but it was really cool when I found out.”
In the 2017 season, Reichard led the Sun Belt in hitting percentage with .342 and was second in the conference with 31 blocks, averaging 1.18 per set. The junior was also a successful server, serving 14 aces in the 2017 season. Along with that she was team leading with 266 kills with 2.53 kills per set.
Reichard started to make an impression on the Eagles as soon as she started playing her freshman year. Her first year, she started all 26 matches she played in, and logged 143 kills, averaging 1.55 kills per set.
Then in her sophomore year in 2016 she started in all 33 matches and played 125 sets resulting in adding 266 kills and 27 blocks for the Eagles.
Head Coach Dustin Wood discussed Reichard’s growth in her time at GS.
“She’s grown as a player,” Wood said. “She’s grown as a leader and a person… Each year she’s gotten better.”
Reichard is a rising senior from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania and as one could tell, Pennsylvania isn’t a short distance away, but Wood had some personal connections to Lauren when it came to recruiting.
“She’s from my hometown. Just having friends and family in the area, we knew about her early,” Wood said. “We recruited very heavily, and she fell in love with Georgia Southern.”
Reichard was able recollect her own special recruiting experience with GS.
“I fell in love with the team immediately. It’s a great family atmosphere, the level of play here is really high,” Reichard said. “I knew I could compete here and I really wanted to be a part of this family.”
Reichard is more than just a statistics builder though. The senior has stepped into a role of leadership and has pushed for the Eagles to become better as a whole.
“On the court she’s the vocal team leader,” Coach Wood said. “She competes at everything, which is a big thing.”
Once Reichard joined Eagle nation she knew she made the right choice.
“[I] couldn’t ask for better relationships with my teammates and my coaches," Reichard said. "It’s very open, we’re all a big family.”
Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, firstname.lastname@example.org