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.