University of Kentucky
- Right Side Hitter/Middle Blocker
- Elementary Education
Lauren Rapp holds a 3.835 grade point average in elementary education. She has earned a spot on the Dean’s List in all six of her six semesters at UK. A three-time member of the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll and twice named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, Rapp has been inducted into the following Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Stigma Theta, Sigma Alpha Lambda.
A tremendous leader, Rapp will be a team captain for the 2010 season. She has been inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character at UK, which is the highest distinction any UK athlete can earn. Rapp would like to teach elementary-aged children from grades K-2 and she specifically wants to work with inner-city kids and do one-on-on tutoring with children that are behind in their age-group. Rapp feels she can best relate to these kids because she struggled as a young student but has since overcome her anxiety of having to spend a lot of hours on her work to become a successful college student.
Rapp has spent countless hours volunteering at various schools, YMCAs and as a camp counselor. She has gone to read to classrooms throughout Lexington and in her hometown. She has also worked at volleyball camps with kids ranging in age from 8 to 18 and she has enjoyed working at the Lighthouse Ministries feeding homeless citizens. Rapp has worked as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, visited children at the UK Children’s Hospital and worked for the St. Jude Telethon.
Rapp is a three-year starter for UK. She was named to the AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention team as a junior and sophomore and has been an All-SEC second team performer as a junior and sophomore. She was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team after earning three SEC Freshman of the Week honors. She has appeared in 98 career matches and averages 2.61 kills per set with a .301 hitting clip. Rapp ranks among UK’s all-time bests with a .301 hitting percentage and 317 block assists. She set the UK freshman record for block assists in a season with 130 in her first year. She was named to the All-Region NCAA Tournament team in 2009 after leading UK to its first Sweet Sixteen appearance in nearly 20 years.