CORUNNA senior outside hitter Meredith Norris was named Michigan Miss Volleyball 2016 on Monday, Nov. 14, beating out Alyssa Cummings of Novi by a voting margin of 160-159. Norris was presented with her trophy during a surprise assembly at Corunna High School on Monday, less than a week after announcing that she will play volleyball at Michigan State University next season.
Norris adds the state’s highest award to an already staggering list of accomplishments, including the state record for kills in a game at 56, and she is only the second player in the state to have surpassed 3,000 career kills. She is a four-time team captain, and she should receive her fourth consecutive team MVP award in the near future, along with her fourth consecutive all conference selection and her third consecutive Class B all state selection.
The Corunna volleyball team has improved each year of Norris’ career as well. The team completed the 2013 season, Norris’ freshman year, with a 23-23-2 record, which improved to 29-19-3 in 2014, and 35-12-5 in 2015. The team won district titles in both 2013 and 2015, but this year the Cavaliers took the next step by winning the Genesee Area Conference-Red championship and advancing to the Class B quarterfinals, winning the school’s first volleyball regional title in the process.
Norris will graduate from Corunna High School in December and begin classes at MSU in January. She is shown in 2014 after reaching 1,000 kills during her sophomore year. Joining Norris in celebrating her first 1,000 kills were her father, Dr. Robert Norris; her mother, Corunna Athletic Director Nikki Norris; her sister, Elizabeth; and her varsity coach, Kari Carnell. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)