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Published October 01, 2009, 09:08 AM

NDSU junior kills rallies as well as stereotypes

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - Lauren McLaughlin is not your average outside hitter, mostly because the NDSU junior is not the average height. In a world of six foot some things; she's using her five feet and eight inches to kill rallies and stereotypes.

By: Steve Hallstrom, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - Lauren McLaughlin is not your average outside hitter, mostly because the NDSU junior is not the average height. In a world of six foot some things; she's using her five feet and eight inches to kill rallies and stereotypes.

“Some people look at me and are like, 5-8, what? Honestly, I’m 5-8 on a good day.’

She's had a lot of good days this season, already won a Summit League Player of the Week honor, but you might be surprised to learn she got that award for her play above the net.

“I feel like people laugh at me a little bit. It's something I’ve dealt with my whole life. Even before college, everyone on my team was over 6-foot. It's something you have to learn to live with and it's working.”

I guess so. Last year she was fifth on the team in kills, now she leads the team and just about everyone is back. Those kills require her to outwork and sometimes outthink her taller opponents.

“I take a four step approach instead of a 3 step which many of our players take. It gives me a little more momentum. Also, I think the main thing that's helped my year is taking angles and using more depth on my approach.”

Last year, she was depth, just another player, one of many, but something happened this spring. What it is she's not quite sure.

“This spring my confidence definitely rose with being able to play more with the injuries we had definite gave me a lot more confidence and experience I don't know something went off and it's in the right direction now.”

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