By Eric Sisson, Chattanooga, Tenn.,–Houston, Texas native Lauren Greenspoon has found her niche in Chattanooga playing volleyball for the Mocs.
While still in high school, Greenspoon had already found Chattanooga to be the right fit, as she was recruited by the Mocs along with other schools. In the end, however, UTC was the right choice at the right time.
“I was a setter, and they needed my class,” Greenspoon said. “I looked up Chattanooga and came on a visit, and I loved it. There were a couple of other schools that were recruiting me, but they didn’t need my position for that class so it kind of just fell off.”
Other than the chance to play collegiate volleyball, the environment and landscape of Chattanooga attracted Greenspoon north.
“I like how it is kind of a small city, but has a big feel,” Greenspoon said. “There is a lot to do, and there are a lot of outdoor activities, and I love the outdoors.”
Greenspoon spent her freshman season rotating in-and-out with older players throughout the season as she adjusted to life in Chattanooga.
“It wasn’t too bad,” Greenspoon said of adjusting to life over 800 miles from her hometown. “My parents got to come to almost all of the games. Having them here was really helpful.
“This year I think the leadership role is the biggest thing,” Greenspoon said. “Not owning the court, but taking charge and not shying away because I was a freshman.”
With the expanded confidence and leadership on the court, the sophomore has seen her role increase becoming a full-time starter and playing a big part in the team’s early season successes. In doing so, Greenspoon has helped assist the Mocs to their best start since 1986.
“We haven’t done these things in a long time, but we say ‘win the day’. Win that day and win that game. Take it game-by-game,” she said. “We have really been clicking. We all have confidence in each other. We are going to fight and finish the game.”
Greenspoon’s efforts in last week’s four contests earned her SoCon Offensive Player of the Week. She totaled 172 assists throughout the four matches during the week for an average of 11.47 per set leading the team in assists in three of the four matches.
“That was really humbling,” Greenspoon said. “I felt really honored to get that. There are so many good athletes in our conference. It was really cool to get that award, but it is not just focused on me. I have the girls that put the ball away for me and the girls that pass the ball for me. I think it is really a team effort. I just try to give every hitter the best opportunity. They make me look good.”
Despite loving the outdoors and Chattanooga atmosphere, as of now, Greenspoon plans to head back to her Texas home upon graduation for graduate school as she plans to go into the career path of sports psychology.
However, there is still much work to be done on and off the court for the sophomore sensation.
The Mocs return to Maclellan Gym Friday, Oct. 2 as they host Mercer in a SoCon matchup.