HIGHLAND, Utah (BVM) – Lauren Jardine continues to rack up accolades for her spectacular senior season even after enrolling early at the University of Wisconsin in January. The latest honor is Gatorade’s 2020-21 Utah Volleyball Player of the Year, which was announced on May 6, and Jardine is the third athlete from Lone Peak High School to ever earn this distinction.
The 6-foot-2 outside hitter led the Knights to a 29-2 season and the Class 6A state championship in 2020. Jardine recorded 496 kills, 276 digs, 49 service aces and 43 blocks on the way to being named Utah’s Ms. Volleyball.
— Jake Edmonds (@JakeKUTV) November 7, 2020
“I don’t know that there’s anyone better than Lauren Jardine,” American Fork High School head coach Shantell Shoell said in a Gatorade press release. “She jumps high, she has good range, her defense is solid and she can hit out of the back row, which is rare for a high school player.”
Jardine is the second Gatorade Utah Volleyball Player of the Year from Lone Peak in the last three years after Tasia Farmer won it in 2018-19. The future Badger is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award which will be announced later this month.
A 2020 Under Armour All-American, Jardine has already gotten a head start on her collegiate career. The honor student (3.82 GPA) graduated from Lone Peak in December and began training with her Wisconsin teammates right after the holidays.
“Lauren is an exciting prospect,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “She has the potential to be an elite attacker for us and a six-rotation player. She gets off the floor quickly and has a whip for an arm. She’s probably one of the better leapers we’ve brought in since we’ve been here.
“Lauren is a competitor who loves being in the gym and finding ways to get better. There is a hunger and a drive that I really like about her.”
Jardine will be joined by Julia Orzol (Poland) and Anna Smrek (Ontario) in the Badgers’ 2021 class. Wisconsin just won the Big Ten for the second consecutive season before falling in the NCAA Final Four to Texas, its only loss of the season.
– 2020 Under Armour First Team All-American
– #15 on Prepvolleyball Top 150 Players for the class of 2021.
– 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year Finalist
– 2019 All-American (Prepvolleyball)
– 2019 All-State First Team pic.twitter.com/v7Aztgglcm
— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) November 12, 2020