By Graham Sturgeon, staff writer
ABOVE THE NET – Corunna Volleyball star Meredith Norris has been named to the MaxPreps preseason All-American volleyball team for 2015, an honor bestowed upon only 30 players across the nation. Norris, seen here with her family and Coach Kari Carnell on Oct. 2, 2014 was receiving her golden ball in celebration of her 1,000th kill. Norris, an MSU commit, is trying to lead her team to a third straight district title in her junior year. (Independent Photo/GRAHAM STURGEON)
Corunna junior athletic star Meredith Norris has added another accolade to her resume as she was named a 2015 preseason All-American volleyball player by MaxPreps. The outside hitter is one of two Michigan players to make the list, and one of six juniors on the 30-person list.
While her resume is already solid – with 1,000 career kills, the school record for kills in a game, two straight Class B district titles and a Team USA Olympic appearance already – the MSU commit should have at least a few more milestones coming in the near future, with 3,000 kills just around the corner.
Norris’ humble nature and constant praise of her teammates makes her a natural leader of the team, but she is not the only star in Corunna. Senior Skylar Napier also surpassed a milestone recently when she recorded her 2,000th assist against St. Johns on Aug. 31 in Fowlerville. The duo led the Cavaliers and should have them in position to challenge for another district title this year.
Corunna Athletic Director Nicole Norris expressed her enthusiasm for the volleyball team when contacted in regards to her daughter, Meredith. She also could not help gushing about the overall state of the district’s athletic department.
“I am very happy and excited about how things have started off this year,” Norris said. “I’m proud of how our girls have handled themselves and I appreciate the job Kari (Coach Carnell) has done. And on top of the volleyball team, we have several teams and athletes that are doing well. Our football team beat Montrose for the first time ever last week to move to 2-0 and Noah Jacobs is the 35th best cross country runner in the Midwest. It is an exciting time to be a Cavalier!”