Lauren Ingram is one of the Dallas area’s best volleyball players, but the Hockaday senior is used to being mentioned in the same sentence as a McDonald’s All-American basketball player.
She doesn’t cringe each time someone refers to her as “Harrison Ingram’s sister.”
“A lot of people around school have said that before,” she said. “I kind of take it as a compliment, because I’m always proud of Harrison.”
Harrison Ingram was a five-star recruit and 2021 McDonald’s All-American at St. Mark’s before going on to Stanford, where he was the Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2022. He announced in March that he had declared for the NBA draft, but he withdrew from the draft in late May and returned to Stanford.
Harrison was a marquee name in D-FW, ranked as the 12th-best player in the nation coming out of high school. He was compared to Draymond Green of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors on his 247Sports recruiting page.
But Lauren didn’t consider Stanford when it came time to pick a college. Instead, she committed to play indoor volleyball all the way across the country — at Duke.
“The main reason I chose Duke is so I could set my own path,” Lauren said.
The senior outside hitter could make a name for herself after recovering from a torn left ACL that she suffered in a club match as a sophomore. After sitting out for seven months, she returned in a limited capacity in October, but it wasn’t until right before the season-ending Southwest Preparatory Conference tournament that she resumed playing her normal six rotations last season.
“I kind of eased her back into it throughout the season,” Hockaday coach Andy Gass said. “I felt like if we could keep progressing, but not try to go too fast, that it would work out.”
It worked out in the end, as Lauren helped Hockaday win the SPC championship. But the injury delayed the recruiting process for her.
“It definitely knocked down my confidence,” she said. “Sophomore year was my key recruiting year. I saw some colleges lose interest a little bit. I was worried that they didn’t want me.
“It wasn’t a good time, but now I realize it taught me a lot. I’m a lot stronger now, and I’m not afraid. When I first came back, I was kind of afraid that I would tear my other ACL. But now I’m fully back.”
Monday is the first day of volleyball in the Dallas area, as UIL and TAPPS schools can begin practicing. Hockaday will start Aug. 8, with its first day of tryouts.
Coming off the first major injury of her career, Hockaday’s co-captain will be a big part of one of the area’s top private schools, along with junior six-rotation outside hitter Avery Jackson. Jackson is committed to Stanford for beach volleyball, and she won a 16 open club national championship this summer with Madfrog.
“She played all [summer] for club. She’s great,” Gass said of Lauren, who competed for the Skyline Juniors club team. “Her ability to serve receive and pass, that’s always been the thing that she does extremely well. She can hit both pins, which helps us as well. She’s a really good defender and good on serve receive and as a server. Back row for her is really good.”
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Harrison joined a list of D-FW McDonald’s All-Americans that includes NBA players Tyrese Maxey, Myles Turner, Julius Randle and Marcus Smart, along with Hall of Famer Chris Bosh and Larry Johnson, the No. 1 pick in the 1991 NBA draft.
“I always knew he was going somewhere big, but when he got all of those awards and recognition, it was very surreal,” Lauren said. “We were both very competitive [growing up]. We liked playing games with each other, even if it was in the car.”
Monday: First day of practice for UIL and TAPPS schools
Aug. 8: First day of matches for UIL and TAPPS schools
Nov. 3-5: SPC fall championships in Houston
Nov. 10-12: TAPPS state tournament in Waco
Nov. 16-19: UIL state tournament at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland