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Spartans’ standout picks Drake volleyball

October 5, 2012
By ROSS THEDE - T-R Sports Editor ( , Times-Republican

When the Drake University volleyball team gets back on track, Grundy Center senior Sam Meyers wants to have driven the spikes that got it there.

The four-year Spartan standout made her verbal commitment to Drake, joining a program that has seen better days. Meyers wants to be a part of that brighter future, which she believes is right around the corner thanks to first-year head coach Tony Sunga.

"I've seen what Tony's done in the past and what he's trying to do now, so I firmly believe it'll get back to where it was," Meyers said of the Drake volleyball program. "They have an OK program right now but it's getting better, it's going to get better in the future and (Sunga) made me believe that and I saw all the work he puts in and he really sold it to me well."

Meyers' play has been the biggest selling point. The 5-foot-10 senior hitter currently ranks sixth in the state in kills per set (5.12) and third in hitting percentage (.487) for Class 1A's top-ranked Spartans.

Grundy Center has already guaranteed itself a share of the NICL West Division for the fourth year in a row after winning Tuesday for the 25th consecutive time in league play. Meyers and senior setter Heather Hook, a future Northern Iowa Panther, have been starters every step of the way.

Next fall, the two will square off in Missouri Valley Conference play.

"It's going to be weird because we're like best friends, but it'll be fun," Meyers said of playing against Hook. "It'll be different but we both like competition so it'll be fine."

Meyers said Drake's business school was a driving force in her selection, and that Des Moines is far enough away to not be too close to home.

"Drake's a good academic school and they have a really good business program and I really loved the campus," Meyers said. "And their team is rebuilding and I want to be a part of that and make it grow.

"I didn't really talk to anybody else besides Drake."

Meyers is a three-time all-NICL West first-team selection and Times-Republican All-Area pick, including last season's Player of the Year.

Meyers said she received letters from schools as far north as North Dakota and as far south as TCU, but only ever talked to Drake. Her older sister Kiley played volleyball and graduated this past spring from Central College in Pella.



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