LANCASTER, N.Y.-Its been an amazing four years at St. Mary’s of Lancaster for Leah Meyer. This season, her senior year, she injured her ankle in the last match of the regular and cheered her teammates on from the bench as they won their third championship in the past four years. Tuesday afternoon at St. Mary’s coach Don Pieczynski presented Leah her trophy as the New York State volleyball player for the year.
Leah told Two On Your Side’s Stu Boyar “it means the world to me just knowing that I was given the opportunity to receive this award out of everyone in the state and having my teammates, friends, and family here to support me is just amazing to me and I am just so excited and happy that I got this award.” She told Stu of all the awards she’s won “its probably number one.”
Meyer will play college volleyball at Duke. She chose the Blue Devils over Penn State, Michigan, and Syracuse. “Duke was actually my first letter I received in eighth grade after nationals when I was 14 and I visited there and fell in love with the campus. The second time I went there I just knew when I stepped on the campus I just knew that’s where I wanted to be and that’s where I belong.”
St. Mary’s head coach Pieczynski told Stu “Leah’s got all the measureables and all the intangibles of a great athlete. She’s got the height and she’s got the heart. Put that together with her athleticism it makes for a great player.”
Myer told Stu Pieczynski means “absolutely everything, he’s turned me into the player that I am today.” Pieczynski told Stu “I just challenged her to be at her best every day. Its tough when you can’t really focus on another player across the net that can really challenge her.”
Meyer is considering a career in medicine. For now she is thinking about being an orthodontist or doing something in orthopedics. For the Lancers, as Pieczynski says “life without Leah has begun.” It actually began during this year’s playoffs so it appears that even without the player Pieczynski calls “the best player to come out of Western New York”, the future remains bright for St. Mary’s.