June 8, 2010
By Richard Stevens -- Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
For Lobo Lisa Meeter, the destination isn't simply Brazil. Oh, that's where the New Mexico senior-to-be will extend her volleyball experience from June 12-22 with the Bring It Promotions Development Team.
Meeter will do her kill thing in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
But Meeter isn't on this volleyball junket simply to tour South America and improve her skills for the Lobo volleyball season of 2010. She also is probing into her future.
Does she want to play overseas as a professional?
"I love volleyball. I'm not burnt out and I still want to play after college," said Meeter. "This is another opportunity to see if I like playing overseas and if I really want to continue to play after my senior year."
Meeter went with the New Mexico team to Argentina in May/June of 2008, but that was a team thing with Coach Jeff Nelson and most of his staff there to take care of the young Lobos on the faraway road.
Meeter, Williamson and Hadfield will be only a trio in Brazil. "I'm not going with my whole team this time and I'll be playing with a different coach and with different teammates," said Meeter. "It should be a totally different experience."
Meeter said she just spend a weekend with ex-Lobo Jeanne Fairchild talking about life as a pro volleyball player. Fairchild has been on the pro circuit for two seasons. Basically, a would-be pro has to consider life outside the U.S. and life away from the security blanket of home and family. It can be fun. It can be a challenge.
"Jeanne had some great experiences and she had some hard experiences," said Meeter. "It's real life out on your own. But I'm pretty sure that's what I want to do."
The New Mexico volleyball program is taking advantage of the Bring It Promotion tour for the fourth straight summer. Fairchild and Gayle Tripp were BIP players in 2007, Rose Morris was the lone Lobo on the road in 2008, and Ashley Rhoades and Allison Buck went BIP in 2009.
Williamson is from South America. She was born in Brasilia, Brazil, moved to Argentina and played on the Argentine Junior National Team before coming to UNM. Hadfield is from Corte Madera, Calif.
Meeter, Williamson and Hadfield will play some of the top-level club teams in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They also will battle the Brazilian Junior National Team.
"I'm super excited to do this," said Meeter. "I wish I could say I was fluent in Portuguese, but I'm not. I just know the basics.
"It will be interesting to be around a new language, a different culture. I think South America in general has a great atmosphere surrounding their volleyball. I hear the people love it down there and a lot of fans come to the games. I'm anxious to get a different perspective on volleyball.
"I'm always trying to get better in volleyball and this is an opportunity to maybe see a different style. I seems there is more of a power game there, but I know there is a lot of energy from the game and the crowd and you can thrive off it."