Volleyball players aren’t supposed to start on varsity as freshmen.
They aren’t supposed to win District Newcomer of the Year in one of the top districts in the state.
They aren’t supposed to commit to a Division I program the summer before their sophomore year.
They aren’t supposed to make first-team, all-district as a sophomore.
Langham Creek junior libero Erica Lowery has been there, done that and is coming back for more.
For Lowery, the journey started as an unsure freshman, making the transition from home schooling to a public school (Langham Creek).
“It (Home School) wasn’t the level of competition I wanted... that’s why I made the change,” Lowery said. “At first, I thought it was going to be hard, but it really wasn’t. Everybody was really welcoming and the competition was great.”
Lowery came in with high expectations attempting to become the starting libero.
“My goal was to be the libero freshman year,” Lowery said.
Lowery made strides towards that goal, making a strong first impression in her first high school practice.
“I realized Erica was a special player when she first stepped in the gym,” former teammate Whitney Foreman said. “She was extremely confident at such a young age. She had so much skill and showed that she wanted to learn more.”
The decision to transfer would pay off for Lowery, as she indeed earned the starting libero spot on varsity as a freshman.
“It was really cool,” Lowery said. “It was an honor.”
Lowery made an immediate impact for the Lobos averaging 4.2 digs per set, along with 2.2 assists per set. Those numbers would jump to 3.6 digs per set and 2.7 assists per set as a sophomore.
“Erica truly sets the standard for our defense,” Foreman said.
Lowery would be recognized for her efforts each season earning numerous awards such as co-District Newcomer of the Year and first-team, all-district.
“Her ability to read the court and react to what is happening on the court is one of her best attributes and is a large reason for her success,” head coach Gena Glenn said. “She is a selfless contributor to every Langham team she has been on.”
This season Lowery is looking to assert her self as a leader.
“I want to really help the team on the defensive side, passing and to lead the backcourt,” she said.
“In high school, I know that she is going to break many school records as well as be a top contender for defensive player of our district,” Glenn said. “Beyond high school,
I hope she continues the tradition of selflessness, and I know she will be a successful Division I player.”
Speaking of which, Lowery has already committed to Texas A&M after falling in love with the university’s atmosphere.
“I just fell in love with the campus,” Lowery said. “It felt like home. I knew that was where I wanted to go.”
The offer itself, however, surprised Lowery.
“It was crazy, because I was so young. But I guess they saw something,” Lowery said.
At Texas A&M, Lowery looks to continue her trend of playing and contributing early.
“I want to get to the point where I’ll be the libero,” Lowery said. “I want to make an impact and be known in the SEC.”
Despite accomplishing so much in the past, Erica Lowery has her sights set on a bright and successful future.
“I believe Erica is going to kill it in college,” Foreman said. “All of her amazing attributes make her such a great player. The world is at her feet.”
Drake Drymond is a student at Langham Creek and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school...
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