Lauren Della of Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina has verbally committed to play collegiate beach volleyball at Stetson University in Florida.
The had a banner year in 2018 – she qualified for 4 different volleyball national championships and helped her high school indoor team to the North Carolina 4A (big school) state championship game for the first time in school history.
Della’s 2018 National volleyball bids:
- USAV – U16 Open – Indoor
- USAV – U16 Open – Beach
- USAV – U18 Open – Beach
- AAU – Jr. Olympics – Beach
She was named the MVP of her high school team, Academic All-Conference, and a member of t he All-Conference team. Playing for Triangle Volleyball, she’s been on the club’s top performance squad since she was 12.
Della has been both a beach and indoor player since she was 10. She said that while she loves both sides of the game, she decided to focus on beach in college.
Indoors, the 5’11” junior has 821 kills and 702 digs in 235 sets played through 3 seasons. She’s led the Tri-6 conference in kills in each of the last 2 years.
Her older sister Caitlyn is a 6’3″ middle blocker at Wake Forest who has 90 total blocks this season indoors.
Stetson qualified for the first-ever NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship Tournament in 2016, but has missed the last 2. This is a key domestic pickup for a team that’s looking to build on early-program success in the sport. 8 of the team’s 14 listed players for 2019 are internationals.