Meredith Lane's Career Weekend Put Geoducks in Contention for Conference Title
October 8, 2003
by James J. Portune
Olympia, WA - Coming out of high school every star athlete dreams of playing in college and having those great games that will bring them further accolades. But finding the right coach, the right school and staying healthy is not an easy process.
Ask junior Meredith Lane, middle blocker for The Evergreen State College Women's Volleyball team. Three years after graduating from Olympia High School (Olympia, WA) all of the pieces have come together. This week she was named Cascade Conference Player of the Week, NAIA Region I Player of the Week, and, NAIA National Player of the Week.
In the twenty year history of varsity athletics at Evergreen, only two other athletes - Andre Stewart (Men's Basketball - 2002) and Joe Gjertsen (Men's Soccer - 2003) - have received National Player of the Week honors.
Friday (Oct. 3) against visiting Oregon Institute of Technology, Lane had a game high 17 'Kills', one of three Geoduck players with double digit kills, in a 3-1 win over the Hustlin' Owls. Prior to the match, OIT was ranked #6 in the NAIA Region I poll and Evergreen had never beaten Oregon Tech in three year history of Evergreen volleyball.
The next night, Saturday (Oct. 4), Cascade Conference leader Southern Oregon, ranked #15 in the nation, came to town and Lane had the game of her life.
Twenty-nine Kills on fifty-eight Attacks established a new school record in both categories and helped Evergreen defeat the Raiders in five games. Lane also had a match high 2 solo blocks and 4 assisted blocks.
"In the offense that coach Lash has put in," Lane explained, "the middle blockers are featured. Kristen (Bartley) and I get the first looks."
Having received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy her senior year at Olympia High, Lane spent her freshman year in Annapolis, Maryland, playing NCAA Division I volleyball for the Midshipman.
In the summer of 2002 she returned home and enrolled at Evergreen. A knee injury sidelined her for most of last season and she saw limited action in only twenty-five games.
Fully recovered, Lane showed a glimpse of what was to come at Northwest College, Sep. 12. Her game high 15 kills on 30 attempts enabled Evergreen to win three out of four games, their first conference win of the 2003 season.
"Honestly," said Lane, hoping that her remark would not be taken the wrong way, "I don't think that I have played my best volleyball yet."