Lauren Taft, senior middle blocker, Round Rock
What do you remember about your first competitive volleyball season?
I was a fourth-grader at the Brushy Creek Recreation Center. I remember I was pretty scared of the ball and would have much rather been playing basketball.
Has volleyball taught you any life lessons you use daily?
I’ve learned a lot of life lessons through playing volleyball, but one that stands out is learning to move on after I make a mistake. I believe that after you make a mistake, you need to learn from it, but not dwell on it.
Do you have any pre-match rituals?
We always play “Boom Chicka Boom Boom,” which is a dance, as well as hit a sign above the doors before we run out into the gym.
What are your college plans?
I plan to play volleyball during college, but I haven’t committed to a school yet.
If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, who would they be?
I would invite Jesus, my Baba, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen DeGeneres.
Tell me about Baba.
I would want to have dinner with my Baba, who is my grandmother, because she passed away, and I would love to hear her voice again and just be able to talk to her like we used to.
If you had the choice of being all-state in volleyball or valedictorian of your class, which would you choose?
Valedictorian because I believe it is a very high honor that will help you to be successful for the rest of your life.
What are your team’s goals?
To always be positive and to approach the game as five mini games to five instead of looking at the game as a whole.
Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.
Most people don’t know that I did two IronKids triathlons when I was in elementary school.
If you bought a car to match your personality, what would it be?
A Toyota 4-Runner because it’s a reliable, yet sporty car. It’s not too flashy, because I don’t like being the center of attention.
What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is the chicken parmigiana that my boyfriend’s mom makes.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?
One that I enjoyed was “Olympus Has Fallen.” It was really intense, but it had a bit too much gore for me sometimes.