HS VBall: Ware killing varsity in first year

This is just the second year that sophomore Lauren Ware has played volleyball. But the way she dominates on the court, you'd swear she was a seasoned veteran.

"We probably look crazy that we didn't have her on varsity last year," Century head coach Jamie Zastoupil said.

Instead the then-freshman Ware played on JV and practiced against a varsity team that won back-to-back state titles. Even with that kind of preparation, the jump up from JV is a big one.

"It's a lot quicker and faster," Ware said. "There's more skill players on the other side of the net."

The middle blocker has stayed around the top five in the WDA in both kills and blocks per game.

"I think I'm a good side-out option," Ware said. "I can score if I want to."

And her 6-foot-4 inch frame definitely comes in handy.

"We tell her all the time that, 'you're just intimidating being on the court,'" Zastoupil said.

But her talent goes behind just sheer height.

"She carries this confidence about her that people just follow," Zastoupil said. "She doesn't have to be the most vocal one on the court, although most times she is."

Ware is also a key basketball player for Century, and she approaches the two sports differently.

"Basketball is kind of more fast-paced, higher scoring game," Ware said.

Colleges are already looking at Ware to join their volleyball programs, so Ware could have a big decision to make down the road.

"I leaning towards more the basketball court," Ware said. "That's like my number one."

But for now, she'll just keep tearing it up no matter what the sport is that day.

The Patriots' next match is Tuesday, Oct. 24, at home against Bismarck High starting at 7 p.m.

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