Hockaday’s Lauren Ingram is able to step out of her brother’s shadow, forge her personal path

Lauren Ingram is likely one of the Dallas space’s greatest volleyball gamers, however the Hockaday senior is used to being talked about in the identical sentence as a McDonald’s All-American basketball participant.

She would not cringe every time somebody refers to her as “Harrison Ingram’s sister.”

“Lots of people round faculty have stated that earlier than,” she stated. “I sort of take it as a praise, as a result of I am all the time pleased with Harrison.”

Harrison Ingram was a five-star recruit and 2021 McDonald’s All-American at St. Mark’s earlier than happening to Stanford, the place he was the Pac-12 freshman of the yr in 2022. He introduced in March that he had declared for the NBA draft , however he withdraw from the draft in late May and returned to Stanford.

Harrison was a marquee identify in D-FW, ranked because the Twelfth-best participant within the nation popping out of highschool. He was in comparison with Draymond Inexperienced of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on his 247Sports recruiting web page.

However Lauren did not take into account Stanford when it got here time to choose a school. As an alternative, she dedicated to play indoor volleyball all the best way throughout the nation — at Duke.

“The primary cause I selected Duke is so I may set my very own path,” Lauren stated.

Hockaday volleyball participant Lauren Ingram, on Wednesday, July 28, 2022 at The Hockaday Faculty in Dallas. Ingram is likely one of the prime volleyball gamers within the space, however missed virtually all of final season whereas recovering from a torn ACL. Lauren is dedicated to Duke for indoor volleyball. (Ben Torres/Particular Contributor)

The senior exterior hitter may make a reputation for herself after recovering from a torn left ACL that she suffered in a membership match as a sophomore. After sitting out for seven months, she returned in a restricted capability in October, however it wasn’t till proper earlier than the season-ending Southwest Preparatory Convention match that she resumed taking part in her regular six rotations final season.

“I sort of eased her again into it all through the season,” Hockaday coach Andy Gass stated. “I felt like if we may preserve progressing, however not attempt to go too quick, that it will work out.”

It labored out ultimately, as Lauren helped Hockaday win the SPC championship. However the damage delayed the recruiting course of for her.

“It undoubtedly knocked down my confidence,” she stated. “Sophomore yr was my key recruiting yr. I noticed some faculties lose curiosity somewhat bit. I used to be fearful that they did not need me.

“It wasn’t time, however now I understand it taught me quite a bit. I am quite a bit stronger now, and I am not afraid. Once I first got here again, I used to be sort of afraid that I might tear my different ACL. However now I am absolutely again.”

Monday is the primary day of volleyball within the Dallas space, as UIL and TAPPS colleges can start working towards. Hockaday will startAug. 8, with its first day of tryouts.

Hockaday volleyball player Lauren Ingram, on Wednesday, July 28, 2022 at The Hockaday School...
Hockaday volleyball participant Lauren Ingram, on Wednesday, July 28, 2022 at The Hockaday Faculty in Dallas. Ingram is likely one of the prime volleyball gamers within the space, however missed virtually all of final season whereas recovering from a torn ACL. Lauren is dedicated to Duke for indoor volleyball. (Ben Torres/Particular Contributor)

Coming off the primary main damage of his profession, Hockaday’s co-captain might be an enormous a part of one of many space’s prime personal colleges, together with junior six-rotation exterior hitter Avery Jackson. Jackson is dedicated to Stanford for seashore volleyball, and he or she received a 16 open membership nationwide championship this summer season with Madfrog.

“She performed all [summer] for membership. She’s nice,” Gass stated of Lauren, who competed for the Skyline Juniors membership workforce. “Her potential to serve obtain and go, that is all the time been the factor that she does extraordinarily effectively. She will hit each pins, which helps us as effectively. She’s a very good defender and good on serve obtain and as a server. Again row for her is absolutely good.”

Lauren tried basketball, tennis, dance and soccer when she was younger earlier than deciding to give attention to simply volleyball. What was it like rising up with a well-known brother?

Harrison joined a listing of D-FW McDonald’s All-Individuals that features NBA gamers Tyrese Maxey, Myles Turner, Julius Randle and Marcus Good, together with Corridor of Famer Chris Bosh and Larry Johnson, the No. 1 decide within the 1991 NBA draft.

“I all the time knew he was going someplace massive, however when he received all of these awards and recognition, it was very surreal,” Lauren stated. “We have been each very aggressive [growing up]. We favored taking part in video games with one another, even when it was within the automobile.”

Essential dates

Monday: First day of follow for UIL and TAPPS colleges

Aug. 8: First day of matches for UIL and TAPPS colleges

Nov. 3-5: SPC falls championships in Houston

Nov. 10-12: TAPPS state match in Waco

Nov. 16-19: UIL state match at Curtis Culwell Heart in Garland

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