Jan. 17, 2014
By Geoff Thurner
FRESNO, Calif. - After polishing off an impressive prep senior season last fall, incoming Fresno State volleyball freshman Lauren Torres was honored as a Fresno Bee Fall All-Star this week.
The middle blocker from Visalia, Calif., was one of 14 players named to the squad after she racked up 293 kills and hit .389 in her 100 sets of play in 2013. She helped her El Diamante High School team (32-3, 12-0) win a second straight D-II title, advance to the state playoffs and capture its third Yosemite League title.
"It was great to see Lauren honored among the area's top players, and it was no surprise to us," Fresno State volleyball head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "She's a fine athlete and a dominant force in her conference. I congratulate her, Lauren's coaching staff and team on a fantastic season. We look forward to putting her in a Bulldog uniform and letting her go at the big dogs in Division I. I saw quite a few familiar names on the Fresno Bee squad, and am always pleased to see future Bulldogs mentioned."
In prior years, the team captain from Visalia, Calif., picked up Best Defensive Player, Coaches Award and Most Improved team honors, and became the first Miner to receive a Division 1 volleyball scholarship.
A link to the complete list of players is available at this Fresno Bee link.
Last November, she was one of three signees with outside hitter Taylor Brubaker (6-0, San Clemente, Calif.) and outside hitter Carly Scarbrough (6-1, Sarasota, Fla.).
Next season, the trio will help replace a five-person group of senior student-athletes that left an impressive legacy. Outside hitters Marissa Brand and Korrin Wild were All-MW selections at outside hitter in 2013; right side hitter Holly Franks was the 2013 MW Newcomer of the Year; and middle blocker Lauren Albertson and right side hitter Megan Callahan were starters in recent years.
Team-wise last fall, the Bulldogs (17-15, 11-9) capped their 43rd season of play with their first pair of back-to-back winning seasons since 2003 and `04. The squad also tied for fourth place in the MW Conference - two places better than its MW Preseason Coaches Poll position.
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