Prep volleyball preview 2015: 10 players to watch

Prep volleyball preview 2015: 10 players to watch

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Prep volleyball preview 2015: 10 players to watch

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Willow Martin (3) of Mason will look to help the Bulldogs capture another district and regional title in 2015.

Willow Martin (3) of Mason will look to help the Bulldogs capture another district and regional title in 2015.

While the 2015 high school volleyball season is still in its infancy, the State Journal has compiled a list of 10 players to keep an eye on throughout the fall in mid-Michigan.

WILLOW MARTIN, MASON: The reigning LSJ player of the year helped lead the Bulldogs to Class A district and regional crowns last season. The senior outside hitter was all-conference in 2014 and is committed to Western Michigan University.

MEREDITH NORRIS, CORUNNA: Standing at 6-foot-3, Norris was one of the Genesee Area Conference’s top players a year ago. The outside hitter was Class B first team all-state in 2014 and helped the Cavaliers capture a district title.

LEXI NORDMANN, DeWITT: The junior, who is verbally committed to Division I Southern Methodist University, was all-league and all-region last season. She helped the Panthers capture a piece of the CAAC Red title and their first ever Class A district title, despite being on a veteran-laden squad as a sophomore.

GABIE SHELLENBARGER, LAKEWOOD: The Vikings’ setter earned Class B second team all-state honors as a sophomore last season. She helped Lakewood to a league title and second-place finish in the state tournament in 2014.

BROOKE PEIFFER, HOLT: The senior played a big part in the Rams’ 14-0 league record last season. The outside hitter was named all-league and all-region last year, and she will lead a Holt team that is expected to compete at a high level once again in 2015.

DARIA RICHARDS, OKEMOS: The Baylor University signee is coming off a tremendous junior year. Richards was named Class A honorable mention all-state, all-region and all-conference for the CAAC Blue runner-up Chiefs. The middle blocker will help lead an Okemos team that is favored, along with Holt, to win the CAAC Blue in 2015.

ERIN McDERMOTT, MASON: After being named Class A all-area and all-league in 2014, McDermott looks to have a breakout senior season for the Bulldogs. The Central Connecticut University commit, along with Martin, will look to lead Mason back to the regionals and beyond this season.

RACHEL THOMAS, OKEMOS: Thomas, who is committed to Tennessee Tech, was named Class A all-area in 2014. Thomas, a middle blocker, along with Richards gives the Chiefs one of the best duos in the area.

RENEE STURM, WILLIAMSTON: As a junior, Sturm was named Class B honorable mention all-state and earned Class B all-area recognition. The outside hitter will be leaned on heavily to help the inexperienced Hornets repeat as league champs in 2015.

MEGAN MOWID, HASLETT: The senior setter was all-league and all-conference in 2014. This year, Mowid will be one of nine returning players for the Vikings, who went 38-13-5 a year ago.

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