Aggie volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced, Wednesday, Feb. 15 that Lauren Loerch will transfer from the California Golden Bears to play and attend school at New Mexico State University in the fall.
Loerch, a native of Georgetown, Texas and a cousin of former Aggie great Stevi Adams (Maytubby), played from 2010-11 for the Cal Bears and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament this past season.
"We're really excited that Lauren is joining our program. When fans watch her play I think they will be in awe at how quick she is and how well she jumps," head coach Mike Jordan said. "She's 6'1 with great leaping ability, arm speed and a tremendous work ethic. She is really determined to become a great outside hitter and she'll do everything she can to help the team. As a person and as an athlete, Lauren is a great addition to the Aggie family."
Loerch brings experience with her as she played in 34 sets as a sophomore and 20 sets as a freshman. She knows what it is like to be in competitive environments as she played the Final Four during the 2010 season and helped the Bears to reach the 2010 NCAA Championship match.
"I am very excited to play at New Mexico State. I wish time would move a bit faster because I really want to get started there in Las Cruces," Loerch said. "I can see myself there and I fell in love with the team and I felt like it was a perfect fit for me because I can pursue a degree in nutrition."
Loerch also mentioned that she had discussed transferring to NM State with her cousin Stevi and hearing about the program from her helped in the decision-making.
"I went to a camp at NM State a few years ago so I know what kind of coach Mike Jordan is," Loerch said. "My cousin had the time of her life and took so much from the program and the university and it was a plus that Las Cruces is a lot closer to home."
As a sophomore, Loerch saw playing time in 34 sets within 14 matches and started in seven of those matches. She tallied 12 kills and 60 digs in 2011 and came up with 29 kills in 20 sets as a freshman in 2010. She was the first player in Cal volleyball history to enroll early out of high school (spring 2010) and return to her hometown to walk in graduation ceremonies before heading back to California for summer workouts.
During her high school career Loerch earned all-district second-team honors in 2008 and was named to the Academic all-district team from 2007-09, while earning Academic all-state honors in 2009. Loerch also played for Austin Performance Volleyball Club before heading to Cal.
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