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Prep Spotlight: Meadows catalyst for Cougars' title defense
by Nathan Shoup
Sep 04, 2013 | 1757 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS senior Hannah Meadows is looking forward to a standout senior volleyball season.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS senior Hannah Meadows is looking forward to a standout senior volleyball season.
Some take their sport seriously. Some live and breathe their sport. Then there is Hannah Meadows.

Meadows, a senior volleyball phenom at Spanish Springs was hard-pressed Tuesday afternoon to name a hobby outside of her sport, a couple hours before her team hopped on the bus to Truckee.

“Sometimes I go into the club that I play for and get extra help there,” Meadows said. “So it’s usually just volleyball.”

With the amount of work Meadows has put into her volleyball career, her lifeblood, she has developed a diverse skill set similar to that of 2012 Spanish Springs graduate Lyndsey Anderson, the two-time D-I North player of the year. Anderson now plays her volleyball at the University of Nevada-Reno.

“She (Meadows) is just a volleyball player more than anything. She can play any position and excel at it.” Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said. “If we needed setting, she’d set. If we needed hitting, she’d hit. If we needed passing, she’d pass. She’s a great server. She’s just an all-around volleyball player and leader for our team.”

With the varying skills on the court, Meadows has unofficially been asked to fill the position of Anderson on the court, the do-it-all.

“She’s done great,” Sandomenico said.

The two other setters on the team, Baylee Broadwater and Tori Chelini, free Meadows to move out of the setter position occasionally, to hit. Meadows played a similar role with Anderson last season.

Broadwater and Chelini are no fill-ins themselves. Sandemonico said he believes both would both start at “a lot of other schools.”

Being asked to fill the clown-sized shoes left by Anderson, Meadows remains humble, yet aware of the situation and position’s gravity.

“I mean, it’s Lynsdey (Anderson),” Meadows said. “You can’t really fill the shoes of her. It’s hard. I have a lot of pressure on me but I think I can do it.”

Tuesday, in her team’s first game in Northern Nevada since returning from the 23rd Annual Las Vegas Invitational last weekend, Meadows racked up 23 assists in a sweep over the Wolverines. Apparently she can do it.

Meadows would literally follow the footsteps of Anderson if she accomplishes her biggest goal. Although she may enjoy the honors and statistics, Meadows’ goal is not earning all-league recognition or challenging records. Her goals are much higher. She wants to earn an athletic scholarship.

Meadows said she has not singled out any schools she wants to play for but she hopes to venture out of the area.

“I definitely want to move away,” Meadows said. “My dream is definitely to go to Oregon or Washington.”

But to no surprise, volleyball will take priority over location for Meadows.

“That’s my goal but I’m definitely going to go anywhere I get the best scholarship.”

Off the court, in the classroom, her goals are just as lofty: A 4.0 GPA.

“I had her in class (history last year) and she’s a great student,” Sandomenico said. “I really enjoyed having her in class.”

Her well-mannered behavior in class was not simply because her teacher was also the one running conditioning drills at practice.

“She’s like an angel to me. I think all are but especially her,” Sandomenico said. “She’s just a good-hearted kid.”

The Spanish Springs coach believes both Meadows and Brandi Brucato, the Cougars’ senior libero, “are going to have some good options to become division II type players.”

Just because their senior season has started does not mean Meadows and Brucato should be scrambling for offers. Sandomenico said that unless the girls are six feet tall they typically don’t receive interest from schools until the club season (winter) of their senior year. Meadows is listed at 5-feet, 10-inches.

“I’m really looking forward to January and February when things will start rolling in for and her and Brandi (Brucato),” Sandomenico said.

With a bright future, and shining past, highlighted by the state title last year, Meadows somehow remains even-keeled, focusing simply on winning a league title which is a testament to the program Sandomenico has built just as much as it is to Meadows’ mindset.

“She’s confident but not cocky,” Sandomenico said. “She doesn’t think she’s better than anyone else.”

That’s an impressive feat considering she is better than most.
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grandma Mary
September 06, 2013
way to go Hannah, so proud of you.

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