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Lauren Barnes carries a huge weight on her shoulders as the captain of the Frances Kelsey Breakers senior girls’ volleyball team and leads by example.
“Lauren is the whole package,’’ said coach Mark Jackson.
“She looks like a volleyball player, moves like a volleyball player. We look to her in the tough moments to dig us out of trouble.’’
Barnes, 17, a Grade 12 student, came up through the ranks slowly.
She started with spring volleyball training in Grade 9.
“I was very hesitant on coming back for the Grade 10 season because I was scared, but they convinced me to do it which was the best decision I ever made,’’ said Barnes.
“I played in the Grade 10 season as a rookie, sat on the bench a lot and then Grade 11 was kind of my year with a couple of the older girls, but still hanging in there as one of the leaders.
"This year, I’m having a great time. I love the team and who I play with.’’
She knows very well about the great history of the team at the school.
“There’s banners everywhere for all these great volleyball players,’’ Barnes said. “It definitely raises the bar for us and tries to get us to that point.’’