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Lions' men's volleyball team garners three more first-year players

Friday, May 03, 2013
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph officially announces that the following student-athletes will attend the College and play volleyball for the Lions next season. They are: Grant Meeks (Leo Jr. Sr. High School/Ft. Wayne, IN), Zachary Kuebler (Hilliard Darby High School/Hilliard, OH), and Joshua Schneider (La Salle High School/Cincinnati, OH).

Mount Head Coach Ryan Lengerich had these comments about his incoming players.

"Grant, Zach and Josh are student-athletes who will be difference makers immediately for the men's volleyball program,'' Lengerich stated. "All three are tremendous all-around athletes and seasoned volleyball players with extensive high school and club experience. "Not only are they great players, but these student-athletes are excellent people who are committed to academic success and living out the values of the College of Mount St. Joseph."

Meeks, a 2012 high school graduate, is a 5-foot-11 libero and outside hitter. He last played Junior Olympic volleyball for Team Pineapple and Head Coach Loren Gebert. Meeks began club volleyball when he was 15 years old, and has played it the past five years. He has been his team’s starting libero, outside hitter and defensive specialist over those seasons, and during his last season, was named the team’s Best Defensive Player.

In addition, Meeks has been a volleyball team manager and has done missionary work in Alaska. Grant, the son of Cindy Brice and Jeff Meeks, is planning on majoring in Interior Architecture and Design.

Kuebler, a 2013 high school graduate, is 6-foot, and has played numerous positions during his high school and club team seasons. He has played club  volleyball for the U18 National Team Vanguard and Head Coach Bryan Webb; who also coached him in high school. Kuebler has played for the Vanguard Club for six years, and tried out and made the Ohio Valley Regional High Performance Team the past two years. In high school, Kuebler played one year of junior varsity and three years of varsity.

He was the Class of 2013 recipient of the Motivation to Succeed Award; and also was selected for the Excellence for Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Kuebler also played three years of varsity soccer, and was named all-conference, all-district, and all-state and made the Central Ohio Super 12 Team. He also played varsity football his junior year. Zachary, the son of Lesa and Steve Kuebler, is planning on majoring in Criminology or Business Administration.

Schneider, a 2013 high school graduate, is 6-foot outside hitter, played club volleyball for Cincinnati Attack and Head Coach Matt Siefke. His high school head coach was Heather Hall. Schneider has played club volleyball for six years, and was a four-year member of his high school team. He currently is his high school’s team top hitter, amassing over 1,200 points this season. In 2012, Schneider was named First Team All-GCL and First Team All-Region. He has also played soccer and has taken various AP classes while in high school. Joshua, the son of Catherine and David Schneider, is planning on majoring in Forensic Science.

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