Weatherford’s Logan Loran represented the Lady Roos well at Tarleton’s state volleyball camp last week, taking home MVP honors.
Loran, a junior setter/defensive specialist, spent several days working with members of Tarleton’s volleyball program, which enjoyed a historic season in 2018 finishing 32-5, a school record for (single season) wins.
The weight of receiving individual distinction from that same program is not lost on Loran, who expressed gratitude for the selection.
“Receiving the MVP award at Tarleton meant a lot to me,” Loran said.
“It shows that hard work does pay off. Tarleton is such a competitive school with great college athletes, so just being seen by them and chosen for the award is an honor, [especially] since I do want to play in college.”
Weatherford Head Volleyball Coach Nicholas Gay said Loran’s MVP nod at Tarleton is reflective of her dedication to consistently improving and helping give her teammates the best possible chance to succeed.
“Getting MVP at a camp like Tarleton, which is a pretty good volleyball school, just shows that other coaches see what myself and her teammates see each and every day with her work ethic, ability and improvement,” Gay said.
“She’s made a big leap with her club team, she’s always been a competitor. She’s played a variety of different roles for us, and she always has that [mentality] that she’s gonna do whatever she can to make herself and the people around her better.”
Loran said the camp, which featured a number of Tarleton’s current players, touched on a number of concepts while giving her a taste of the speed of collegiate play.
“Tarleton putting on this great camp gave me the opportunity to learn how fast the pace can be,” she said.
“We had the defensive specialists like the passers and setters including me all go into a group, then the hitters and middles all went to another station. We worked on all the basics.
“For me personally, I worked on getting my feet around the ball, my hands high and my shoulders square.
“It also helped me sharpen my skills for the upcoming season with Weatherford and I feel like it showed me what to prepare for with our team.”
The Lady Roo’s growth at Tarleton’s camp is simply the latest example of Loran’s continued improvement on the court, Gay said.
“I think the one thing that Logan has really improved on through camps, club and offseason has been her tempo,” he said.
“Volleyball coaches talk about the speed of the ball from the attacker’s hand, and she’s really worked on that. With her setting full time for her club team, it’s allowed her to grow in that position with her decision making and her touch on the ball.
“I think all that is going to help her in the [upcoming] high school season just because she’s gonna be touching the ball a lot.”
However, arguably Loran’s greatest strength is her sheer will to compete, Gay added.
“She’s a really competitive kid,” he said.
“She played a lot of sports in middle school. In high school she’s sort of focused on track, she’s been a really big part of the girls’ track program, whether it’s individual or team events.
“She’s just a competitor in whatever she does. She’s probably one of the most competitive kids we have in our program.”
Loran will soon get the chance to utilize all she has gained this offseason and summer, with scrimmages kicking off for the Lady Roos the first week of August.
In 2018, Weatherford finished with 40-plus wins while going four rounds deep in Class 6A playoffs.
The Lady Roos defeated the Lamar Lady Vikings, 3-0 in bi-district, the Montwood Lady Rams, 3-0 in area and the Martin Lady Warriors, 3-0 in regional quarterfinals.
Weatherford was knocked out of postseason contention in the regional semifinals, falling to the Carroll Lady Dragons, 3-2.