While volleyball is Dreves’ favorite sport, tennis is the one that has always come naturally. That’s understandable, considering she’s had a racket in her hand since age 3.
Her father, Patrick Dreves, is a longtime tennis coach. He earned two Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Region Coach of the Year awards in seven seasons at Lewis & Clark before taking a job with the United States Tennis Association in 2018.
“My dad would bring me and my two sisters onto our backyard court and hit tennis balls,” Dreves said. “It’s definitely a lot more natural. When I step on the court, I definitely know what my strengths and weaknesses are.”
But Dreves got hooked on volleyball in the third grade when she watched her older sister of three years, Alison Dreves, play the sport. When Lauren was too young to play on an organized team, she tagged along with Alison’s team.
Alison Dreves also balanced volleyball and tennis. She started on varsity in both sports all 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.