The 2012 Volleyball Player of the Year sat in the Wilmington Friends School office with her nerves running wild.
When asked what separates her from the rest of the players in the state, the shy 5-9 senior grabbed her face and exclaimed, “Oh no, I hate bragging!”
Lauren Kerrigan’s stats do that for her.
Kerrigan racked up 89 kills, 39 blocks, 80 aces, 239 digs, and 591 assists this season at the setter position.
She helped the Quakers to a 9-7 record and a run to the state quarterfinals, where they lost in four sets to eventual state champ Padua. Kerrigan was selected player of the year by the Delaware Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association.
“There’s not another setter like her. Younger kids coming up won’t get to see everything the setter position can be because there’s no one that they can emulate now,” said Michael Sachs, coach of DISC rival Tower Hill. “She set the standard for setting … I don’t think we’ll see another setter like her.”
Her friends say Kerrigan brings the right temperament to the game.
“She’s really fun, really energetic, and I think you can see she’s just a really happy person but when it’s time she takes things seriously. She takes games seriously, she takes her school work seriously,” said Annie McDonough, a close friend who has played with Kerrigan for five years.
Kerrigan, a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year, started every varsity game since her freshman year and tallied 261 kills, 152 blocks, 307 aces, and 2,480 assists over her high school career.
Despite the relatively short run in the state tournament, Kerrigan was satisfied with her team’s season.
“We were a young team. In the beginning of the year, we had to get used to adjusting to new players and new skills so I was extremely proud on how we ended up,” said Kerrigan, who thought the team got better as time went on. “I didn’t expect anything less or anything more.”
Barbara Trinsey has been coaching Kerrigan since she was 12. Trinsey has watched Kerrigan grow as player with both her club team and her high school team.
Trinsey and Kerrigan agreed that a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Tower Hill on Oct. 11 was the toughest match of the season.
“She played extremely well, we were up two games to one, but she is such a calming influence for the team with her steady play,” said Sachs. “She got them off to a great start in the fifth game with her serving, but it was typical Lauren Kerrigan”
Kerrigan also has earned all-conference honors in both basketball and soccer.
“I think I’ve gotten used to handling homework, sports and my other activities outside of school,” said Kerrigan, who carries a 3.64 GPA. “Being able to plan came naturally.”
Kerrigan was selected for the national leadership organization Link Crew, volunteered service hours in Spain, coaches Special Olympics teams for volleyball and basketball and began a club at school called Hope for Haiti.
She is planning to pursue her college education in the South, but wants to focus solely on schooling.
“I’m definitely going to miss sports,” she said.
Kerrigan owes her love for volleyball to her sister Kristi, who is five years older and was also a standout athlete at Friends.
“I learned how to play every sport from her,” said Lauren Kerrigan.
Some say they learned just as much from the younger Kerrigan.
“She made me better as a coach because I always had to have something else ready for her to do,” said Trinsey when asked what she’ll miss most about Kerrigan. “She loved challenges and took them with a great personality and a great disposition and just did every single thing I’ve ever asked her to do.”