|21 Lauren Thompson
Team tri-captain...Started in 10 matches and played in 115 sets as a junior...Finished third on the squad with 274 kills and 2.38 kills per set...Hit .183...Made 79 digs and 49 total blocks...Fourth on the team with 311.5 points...Led Memphis in attempts in 10 matches and kills in six...Reached double-digits in kills in 13 matches...Got off to a fast start, hammering down 10 or more kills in seven of the first eight matches...Led Memphis with 11 kills and hit .500 in a season-opening sweep of Alabama A&M (8/29/08)...Recorded a career-best 16 kills vs. Troy (9/6/08)...Posted 15 kills in a five-set win over FIU(9/20/08)...Scored 16.5 points on eight kills, six aces and five block assists in a 3-1 victory against Iona (9/5/08)...Added a season-best 10 digs versus the Gaels...Registered a .423 attack percentage on 14 kills at ECU (9/28/08).
Played in 33 of the Tigers' 35 matches...Garnered 17 starts...Downed 125 kills and hit .189 on the year...Made 85 digs and 25 blocks on the defensive side of the net...Totaled 143 points...Started in seven C-USA matches, collecting 42 kills in league play...Posted a pair of double-doubles in back-to-back matches vs. UCA (10/2/07) and Southern Miss (10/5/07)...Slammed 11 kills and picked up 12 digs (career high) in both matches...Added a career-best three service aces vs. Southern Miss for 15 points...Put away nine kills and added nine digs in a sweep of Iona (9/1/07).
Played a versatile role for the team, filling in wherever needed...Played outside hitter, right side and defensive specialist in her rookie campaign...Saw action as a reserve in 33 of Memphis' 39 matches, including 19 C-USA contests...Downed 33 kills on the year and hit .174...Served up 15 aces...Finished her freshman season with 49.5 total points...Defensively, made 80 digs and three total blocks...Made her collegiate debut in the season opener vs. Kent State (8/25/06)...Downed first career kill at the Division I level in second career match vs. Austin Peay (8/26/06)...Finished that match with a pair of kills on two attempts and five digs...Had a career-best four kills on 16 attacks vs. UCA (9/15/06)...Served up a season-high five aces at Evansville (8/26/06)...Made a season-best six digs in consecutive league matches vs. Marshall (11/3/06) and East Carolina (11/5/06).
Germantown High School
The Mid-South's top player in 2005-06...Was a four-year starter and letterwinner for head coach Barbara Whitaker...Capped her high school career with Tennessee Class 3A state tournament MVP honors after guiding the Red Devils to its seventh state championship...Had a phenomenal prep career on the volleyball court in which she guided the Red Devils to Tennessee Class 3A state titles in 2003 and 2005...Named the 2005 regional and district MVP...Was a three-time all-state performer...Selected to the Tennessee Class 3A State Tournament team her sophomore, junior and senior years...Led the Red Devils to an astounding 113-17 mark over the last two seasons, including finishing its 2005 state championship run with a 61-8 record...Earned the 2004 Commercial Appeal Best of Preps Volleyball Player of the Year award after tallying 716 kills, 240 block points, 304 digs and 117 aces...Downed 923 kills, 359 digs, 280 block points and 232 aces in her senior season...Memphis' first ever Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year...Two-time Commercial Appeal Female Player of the Year award winner...Named the Shelby County Female Athlete of the year.
Daughter of Jerrie and Wendell Thompson...Chose Memphis over several SEC schools...Maintained a 3.9 GPA in high school...Has two brothers, Jason (19) and Brett (14)...Brother, Jason was an 11th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2009 Major League First-Year Player Draft...Majoring in sport & leisure studies with a minor in marketing management.