COACH FERREIRA ON LAUREN
"Lauren has the highest level of experience of any of our outside hitters. She had a tremendous growth spurt with her skills in the spring and with the amount of Pac-10 education under her belt, Lauren is poised for a breakout season."
Considered the hardest worker on the team, Westendorf was one of four Ducks to record over 200 kills (219). As a junior, posted 158 digs, good for second on the squad. Posted a career-high 17 kills against Rutgers. The reliable, consistent team-leader enters her senior season having played in all but one of the Ducks' matches over the past two season.
With a hard work ethic and desire to improve, Westendorf was named the squad's most improved player. Westendorf played in 101 games, placing her fourth on the team — second among the outside hitters — in kills per game (1.90) and fifth in digs per game (1.67). Her kills per game rose in Pac-10 play to 2.02 and her season-high in kills (14) came against California. Westendorf opened the season with a double-double (10 kills, 11 digs) vs. North Carolina A&T and had another double-double (10 kills, 15 digs) against UCLA.
Played in 17 of Oregon's 30 matches, finishing with 39 kills, 77 digs (1.38 dpg) and 21 blocks in her debut season.
The 6-foot senior was a first-team all-area pick in 1999 and was also chosen as the Best All Around Player for her junior season. Westendorf’s uncle, Chris Tormey, is an assistant head coach for the University of Washington football program. Tormey, who coached at Idaho when Ferreira was head volleyball coach for the Vandals.
Born Lauren Elizabeth Westendorf on October 11, 1983. Parents are Phil and Mary Westendorf.