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Friday, January 30, 2009Meghan Hinemeyer is attending a new school this spring, but she was welcomed by some familiar faces.
Hinemeyer, a defensive specialist/outside hitter for the past two seasons at Clemson University, started school at Lipscomb this spring and will be a junior for the Lady Bisons volleyball team in the fall. Two of her former teammates on the Mid-America club team, setter Jake Pease and middle blocker Alex Kelly, have both been standouts for the Lady Bisons for the past two seasons.
“I needed a small school,” said Hinemeyer. “I wanted to be part of a family. Alex told me about Lipscomb and I decided to jump on it while I could. She told me Lipscomb needed an outside position and I wanted to play outside.
“It is going to be awesome being on the floor with them again. Everyone on the team has been super nice and welcoming. It has been an easy transition. I’m excited. It is going to be good.”
Hinemeyer was the 2007 Rookie-of-the-Year for Clemson. She played in nine matches and 12 sets. Last season, playing primarily a defensive role, she played in 16 matches, starting seven and played in 50 sets. She was credited with 89 digs, an average of 1.68 per set.
“I love playing defense,” Hinemeyer said. “I would say right now I need to work on my jumping and my arm strength. But that is what spring is for.”
Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal plans to use Hinemeyer, 5-foot-11, as an outside hitter.
“Meghan is a hard worker,” said Rosenthal. “She is a great team player. I think she is going to add quite a bit to our offense. To get somebody who already has a connection to our players is a huge benefit.”
Hinemeyer’s transition period this spring should be easier since both Pease and Kelly are familiar with her style of play.
“It is an interesting combination,” said Rosenthal. “I got to know Meghan over the years as I recruited Alex and Jake. Out of high school she was dominant on her team. She had already committed to Clemson before I could recruit her.
“Our offense is different from the club offense they ran. But with the three of them out on the court at one time there will be that feeling of comfort…that feeling that we have already been through this together. They will know how each other will react. It might take some time to get that back, but they have already been through two or three years of playing together.”
In high school at St. Thomas Aquinas, in her hometown of Overland Park, Kans., she led her team to the 2006 Kansas State Championship and the Eastern Kansas League title in 2004 and 2005. She set school records for both hitting percentage (.470) and defensive saves (396) in a single season in 2006.
As a senior she was named the Eastern Kansas League Most Valuable Player, a State All-Tournament team member and a finalist for the Evelyn Gates Award which honors a high school varsity volleyball player in the Kansas City area.
In club volleyball she was the 2006 Player of the Year.
“She has played a couple of years at a great university with a great program,” said Rosenthal. “Clemson was a top 25 team last year. She hasn’t played a whole lot on the front row the last couple of years. We are excited to get her on the court and get her mixed in with our offense.”
Hinemeyer plans to major in psychology at Lipscomb.