Multi-sport girls from all regions: Lauren Dreves, Columbia River

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While volleyball is Dreves’ favorite sport, tennis is one that has always come naturally to him. It’s understandable, considering she’s had a racquet in her hand since she was 3 years old.

Her father, Patrick Dreves, is a longtime tennis coach. He won two Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Region Coach of the Year awards in seven seasons with Lewis & Clark before taking a job with the United States Tennis Association in 2018.

“My dad would take me and my two sisters out to our backyard and hit tennis balls,” Dreves said. “It’s definitely a lot more natural. When I get on the pitch, I really know what my strengths and weaknesses are.

But Dreves got hooked on volleyball in third grade when she saw her three-year-old older sister, Alison Dreves, playing the sport. When Lauren was too young to play on an organized team, she followed Alison’s team.

Alison Dreves also balanced volleyball and tennis. She started college in both sports for four years – two at Tigard High in Oregon before moving to Columbia River. She now plays volleyball at Marian University, an Indianapolis school that reached the NAIA national semifinals last season.

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