Up Close & Personal with Lauren Dickover

Today we meet up with junior setter Lauren Dickover who hails from Las Vegas, Nevada as we continue our Up Close series of interviews. Dickover has accummulated 197 sets, 65 digs and ten kills for the Lady Bobcats already this season. In the classroom she is pursuing a business degree which she plans to use in the hotel industry.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? I loved the campus and everyone when I came to visit. Just talking with the coaches and meeting players I got the feeling that this is where God wanted me to go. I wanted to get a way from the big city life for awhile and enjoy the seasons. Banner Elk seemed to be the perfect place to go.

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? We have a great group of girls this year, and I'm excited to see what we are going to do with the talent we have and what we brought in. I want to keep pushing myself to keep getting better on the court and being able to lead my team to another championship.

3. In which part of the game does your strength lie? I would say I excel in setting and keeping my team excited during the game.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for matches? Before matches, I like to have a time where I can put my iPod on and play a song that gets me fired up. I also like to have a quite time after that to visualize what I am going to do.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your volleyball career? My dad and my high school coach Jay Renneker have had the biggest impact.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat volleyball team? I love all the girls! And the coaches are always there for me when I need them whether it's volleyball or personal issues.

7. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? I want to keep pushing myself to keep getting better on the court and being able to lead my team to another championship.

8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face on the court? I do not think I really have any mental challenges. When I make a mistake I am very good at shaking it off and moving to the next play.

9. Who has been the biggest role model in your life? How? My parents…my dad as taught me how to be a strong person, to go after what I believe in, and has always told me to ask this question, "Choices are always right and wrong but what is the wise thing to do?". My mom has taught me to love everyone and be kind to people. She has shown me how a little love and patience to people can go a long way. I have the best of both worlds all under one roof.

10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? The perfect afternoon for me is to either be lying in the pool reading a good book with my mom or be at a Spurs game with my dad!

11. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? More like if I could do anything I wanted for a day I would love to know what its like to be like 5'9". Being short has its benefits but when I step on the volleyball court I just want a couple more inches, not a lot just a few…

12. Describe your favorite dessert. If it has CHOCOLATE in it… It's my FAVORITE!