Meet the Seawolf: Lauren Slaymaker

After two years at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington, Lauren Slaymaker has returned to her hometown to compete on the UAA women’s volleyball team.

As a sophomore in 2009, Slaymaker was named the NWAACC North Division First Team performer. She ranked No. 2 in her league, which is the home of 35-teams, with 4.06 kills per set (kps). This was an improvement from her freshman year, where she averaged at 2.62 kps.

So far, her college career has been an outstanding follow up from her high school career at Grace Christian where here team won third place her senior year.

Now, she prepares to walk the halls of UAA, and help bring the lady ‘Wolves to victory.


An interview with TNL

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Why did you decide to sign with the ‘Wolves?

I decided to sign with the Seawolves because I really want to keep playing volleyball and be close to my family. I know quite a few girls on the team and Coach Green is such a great coach it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.


How long have you been playing college volleyball?

I have been playing for two years.


What is your favorite memory playing volleyball?

My favorite memory playing would be my senior year of high school, when we won regions and almost won state.


Can you tell us a little bit about your college experience at your previous school?

I went to Skagit Valley College, which is a community college in Washington. I went mainly to keep playing volleyball. I only went there for a year and a half and left right after volleyball season and finished the year out at UAA.


How long have you been playing?

I have been playing since 7th grade, so nine years. In Jr high I didn’t even make the team but ended up being the manager. By the end of the season I had progressed and played more than most of the other girls on the team.


What is your biggest volleyball accomplishment?

My last season at Skagit I was the No. 2 hitter for the whole North West Academic Association of Community Colleges.


What are some other hobbies you have?

I enjoy being active with my friends and family, like hiking, biking and camping.


What is your most embarrassing moment?

I don’t get embarrassed too easily. I tend to just laugh it off and find situations humorous after ward. Cause most of the time it is more amusing than embarrassing.


What is your major?

My major is in elementary education.


Who is your favorite music artist?

I am a huge fan of the band perry and miranda lambert.


What should the students of UAA know about you?

The students should know I am a pathetic excuse for an Alaskan cause I have lived here my whole life and never been skiing or snowboarding. But I am a true Alaskan cause I love the summer time.


What is your favorite type of food?

I really like Mexican food.


What are you most scared about going into this season?

I am dreading pre-season. I know I am going to be sore for days and get my butt kicked.


What are you looking forward to the most about this season?

I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone on the team and traveling and dominating everywhere we go!


What is going to be the hardest part about this season?

It is going to be difficult with all the traveling and scheduling. There is so much more to think about than just school.


What is something you have always wanted to try?

I have always wanted to go hunting.