by Melissa Shepard, associate editor
Meredith Norris (Independent Photo/Melissa Shepard)
Meredith Norris, a senior at Corunna High School, is a volleyball phenom for the Cavaliers. She started playing volleyball on a team in 6th grade. At the time, her mom, Nikki Norris, the Corunna Athletic Director, was the varsity coach, and Meredith spent a lot of time in the gym with her. Her love of the game grew and she attended many camps and started in the USA Olympic Development Volleyball program, which has allowed her to attended camps and tournaments around the U.S.
Meredith lives in the Owosso/Corunna area with her parents, Robert and Nikki, and sister Elizabeth, who is a freshman at CHS and is also on the varsity volleyball team.
So far, during her four-year varsity career at CHS, she has already achieved more than most players ever do. As a freshman, she was captain, MVP, 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-Area, Fresh 59, Freshman of the Year Finalist, on the Owosso All-Tournament Team, and AVCA Phenom. As a sophomore, she was captain, MVP, on the Mason All-Tournament Team, and St. Johns All-Tournament team, 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-Region, 1st team Class B All-State, 1st team All-Area, Lansing State Journal Dream Team, MHSAA Record Holder (Most kills in a match 53), and AVCA Phenom. As a junior she was captain, MVP 1st Team All-Conference, 1st team All-Region, 1st team Class B All-State, Argus Press Player of the Year, Lansing State Journal Player of the Year, Maxpreps/AVCA Player of the week 10/5/2015, AVCA Phenom, Maxpreps Preseason All American, MHSAA Kills Record Holder 56 (broke her own record), 2015 1st Team Maxpreps High School All-American, 1st team MaxPreps Medium School All-American, PrepVolleyball.com. Top 50 Junior Recruit, PrepVolleyball.com. Finalist for Junior Player of the Year, and AVCA Phenom. As a senior this year she is a Miss Volleyball Candidate, Pre-Season All-American and Prep Volleyball.com #25 ranked senior player. So far this season, she has 25 aces, 187 kills, 18 blocks, 7 assists, and 114 digs.
When asked what her proudest accomplishment has been playing volleyball, Meredith said, “It would have to be setting the state record for the most kills my sophomore year and then breaking the record again last year.”
Meredith has received a scholarship to Michigan State University to play volleyball. She will graduate from Corunna High School early, have a month off, and move in and start classes at MSU in January for the second semester. She is planning to major in Kinesiology. Her goal during her career at MSU is to be an All-American. Eventually, Meredith added, “I would like to play volleyball in the Olympics, but it depends on the circumstances after I graduate college.”
Corunna High School Varsity Volleyball coach Kari Carnell said, “She is an all-around impact player. Meredith is excellent at seeing the court while she is playing and makes an offensive impact from any place on the volleyball court. She is a very smart all-around player, she makes in-game decisions quickly and because of her ability to see the court, is able to score points. She has exceptional ball control and is able to cover a large area, which makes her defensive game top notch. She has worked incredibly hard to get where she is. She knows the game in and out and knows what it takes to win. She will be a great addition to the Michigan State volleyball team as she continues her playing career in college.”
Meredith has many honors and accomplishments – she has set the MHSAA record for most kills in a match (twice), and is listed in the MHSAA Record Books for volleyball many times. She is a finalist for the Miss Volleyball award, which is given to the best senior volleyball player in Michigan.
She has broken school records, and she has already set the school record for career kills, so each one that she gets this year continues to add to that total.
She has also been involved in the Olympic Development program for five years and was named to the All-Tournament team in last summer’s Women’s Junior International division.