Nov. 13, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobo volleyball staff announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Lisa Meeter of Colorado Springs, Colo. signed on Wednesday, Nov. 8 while Glendale, Ariz. native Melissa Middleton committed to join the program in 2007 today.
5-11 Outside Hitter
Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Springs Christian
High School: As a four-year varsity outside hitter for the CSCS Lions and head Coach Verlyn Rosenthal, Meeter helped her team to three consecutive district championships (2004-2006) and regional championships (2003-2005). In her senior year, the CSCS Lions are looking to capture their third 3A State Championship with Meeter swinging on the outside (2004, 2005).
In the midst of such team success, Meeter has garnered a number of individual accolades. In 2005, she was named to the All-Colorado and State All-Tournament teams by both the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post. Additionally, the Denver Post tagged her as the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 3A State Tournament. She holds the Colorado High Schools Activities Association (CHSAA) records for most career points (1,448: 2003-2005) and most points in a single season (512: 2004).
Club: Meeter has been a member of Colorado Juniors since 2000 and most recently finished 10th in the USA Junior National Volleyball Olympics 17 Open division under coach Sherri Hawkins. Her team captured gold in the Open Division of the 2005 Colorado Crossroads and bronze in the Open Division at the 2005 Far Westerns Qualifier. Meeter is a 2005 PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American and was a finalist for the 2004 PrepVolleyball.com National High School Sophomore of the Year.
Meeter carries a 4.10 GPA and was a 2005 National Honor Society Member. She has been on the Highest Honor Roll from 2003-2006.
McKee on Meeter: "Lisa is a proven winner. She has many championships under her belt from both the club and high school levels. Lisa's ability to hold herself and her team to such high standards was an immediate draw for us. We will look for Lisa to bring that great winning tradition to Lobo Volleyball in 2007. She is a dynamic six-rotation outside hitter that will add speed to our offense and will stabilize out first contact."
6-0 Middle Blocker and Right Side
Glendale, Ariz./Cortez High School
High School: As a four-year letterman for the Cortez Colts and head coach Bill McReynolds, Middleton has led from the posts of middle blocker, outside hitter and setter. Through her role as captain, she has helped her team to two consecutive Skyline Region Championships (2005, 2006) and has been named the Skyline Region Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Her Player of the Year awards have come on the heels of her appointments to the Arizona Republic's Players to Watch list in both 2005 and 2006. In addition to the success Middleton has experienced on the volleyball court, she has been an integral part of the Cortez High School varsity soccer and varsity tennis teams.
Club: Middleton is a member of the Arizona Desert Sky Volleyball Club and most recently spent the 2005-2006 club season on the 17-Flash team under co-head coaches Sarah Peterson and Kaylea Worrell. In 2006, she and the 17-Flash team were champions of the Arizona Region National Qualifier and attended the USAV Junior Olympic Volleyball National Championships in Atlanta. Additionally, Middleton was a member of the 2005 Arizona High Performance team and served as captain and middle blocker.
Middleton is a four-year member of the Cortez High School Honor Roll and is serving her second year as Chief Editor and President of the Cortez High School Yearbook staff. She is also the 2005-2006 Photography Editor/Journalist for the school's newspaper.
McKee on Middleton: "Mo is a physical and versatile player; she has played every position on the court and brings with her a wealth of experience in the game. We see her as a pure, six-rotation right side. Her ball control and heavy arm will help diversify our offense. She will enter our program with a strong background as a powerful athlete and selfless team player."
McKee's final thoughts on the 2007 recruiting class: "New Mexico Volleyball is excited to add such complete players to the program in 2007. Their skill sets, experience, and knowledge in the game are attributes that we know will immediately make Lobo Volleyball better. We have evaluated these two women for years and know that they are passionate about establishing a winning tradition for New Mexico Volleyball. Future successes are on the horizon and we are proud that Lisa and Mo will be an integral part of Lobo Volleyball."