PATRICK ON LAFLAMME:
"I have never been more proud of a student-athlete than I am of Laurén. She has put in the time and energy to maximize her potential. She is in the best shape of her career and has really put herself in a position to really push for more playing time than she has ever had. It is impossible to measure the positive effect that her desire and leadership have had on our program. She is the most selfless player who has ever come through our program and is the definition of a consummate team player."
Saw over five times as much time on the court during her junior season (67 games) than her previous three combined (13 games)...Played in both of UT's matches at the AVCA Showcase...Was brought in to serve for the eventual game-winning point in the team's victory over No. 21 Utah...Saw action in two matches at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic, recording a dig against Indiana in the championship match...Called upon in both matches at the State Farm Illini Classic...Collected a pair of digs and played in all three games versus Creighton...Played in 17 SEC matches...Recorded a then-season-high three digs at Mississippi State on Oct. 19 before tying that mark one week later versus Georgia...Had her best match of the season at Arkansas on Nov. 16, tallying a career-high five digs, and tying personal bests with an assist and an ace...Concluded the season with another five-dig effort against Notre Dame on Nov. 23.
Played in six matches, including one in each of the team's three tournaments...Collected an ace and a career-high four digs against Centenary in the second match of the Comcast Lady Vol Classic...Added another pair of digs versus Lehigh on Sept. 9 at the University of Pittsburgh Invitational...Named the team's Most Inspirational Player for the 2006 campaign.
Saw action in four matches for the Lady Vols, accumulating one assist and four digs...Contributed three impressive digs in the last four rallies of Tennessee's 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan on Sept. 10...Tallied her lone assist and another dig in UT's victory over College of Charleston later that same day.
Did not see any playing action, but the hard-working freshman impressed her teammates enough for them to honor her with the squad's Most Improved Award.
Helped her Liberty High School squad claim the North Coast Section championship her senior year...Earned first-team all-league honors as a senior and was named to the second team her junior campaign...Named Prep Volleyball Athlete of the Year...Traveled with the Delta Valley 18 Blue team to the Junior Olympics, placing fifth...Served two years as captain for the track, volleyball and softball teams, while serving as captain three years for the basketball squad...Earned second-team all-league honors in 2003...Received scholar-athlete accolades her final three years...Awarded the Governor's Scholarship in 2004...Appointed class vice president in 2001, president in 2002, commissioner of athletics in 2003 and ASB vice president in 2004...Honored by Liberty Union High School District for showing leadership in sports and school...Named to the honor roll.
LaFlamme is pursuing a double major in psychology and sociology...Chose UT over Northern Arizona, Pacific and Montana...Biggest athletic thrill was winning the North Coast Section title with LHS...Outside of sports, admires Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey and Alicia Keys for her work with the non-profit organization Keep A Child Alive which provides life-saving medicines directly to children and families with HIV/AIDS in Africa...Regards her high school volleyball coach, Linda Ghillarducci, as her biggest sports influence because she taught LaFlamme to always believe in herself...Aspires to play volleyball overseas or pro beach volleyball in southern California...Outside of playing volleyball, LaFlamme looks forward to coaching youth sports and helping athletes on their mental games (sports psychology)...Enjoys fishing with her dad and reading...Chose Tennessee for the numerous opportunities available for student-athletes and tremendous community support...Has family in Knoxville who are fans of UT athletics...Models herself athletically after Michael Jordan...Enjoys playing the guitar, which she has done for seven years...Has a brother, Donny, 25, who has always inspired her to dream big...List her parents as her biggest heroes...Laurén Elizabeth LaFlamme, the daughter of Matt and Debra LaFlamme, was born on Oct. 31, 1985, in Alameda, Calif.
|Attacks||1 at Louisville (10/17/07)|
|Assists||1 (six times), most recently vs. Notre Dame (11/23/07)|
|Aces||1 (five times), most recently vs. Notre Dame (11/23/07)|
|Digs||5 (two times), most recently vs. Notre Dame (11/23/07)|
|2007 SEASON HIGHS|
|Attacks||1 at Louisville (10/17)|
|Assists||1 (five times), most recently vs. Notre Dame (11/23)|
|Aces||1 (four times), most recently vs. Notre Dame (11/23)|
|Digs||5 (two times), most recently vs. Notre Dame (11/23)|
|2004||----- Redshirted -----|