Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Volleyball: Lutheran South Standout Member-Meneh to Take Talent to Mizzou

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Volleyball: Lutheran South Standout Member-Meneh to Take Talent to Mizzou

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Lutheran South senior Leketor Member-Meneh is bound and determined to overcome the lone athletic obstacle in her life.

An all-state volleyball player, the 5-foot-9 leaping machine also excels on the basketball court, where she amassed 1,006 points in just two seasons. She is just as deadly in the track and field arena, thanks to her blistering speed.

But Member-Meneh, possibly the top all-around athlete in the state, has found one sport that has her flummoxed.

"I can't swim," she said. "Not at all. Not even a little. I've tried and tried. People have tried to teach me. Just can't do it. But I'm not going to quit trying."

That says volumes about Member-Meneh, who recently committed to play volleyball at the University of Missouri. Give the outgoing, gregarious jumping-jack a challenge and she will face it head on.

So far, Member-Meneh has come up short in the water, which is a surprise to those who know her.

"It's kind of funny because she's so good at everything," said Samantha Brinkmann, a senior volleyball teammate and close friend. "It just not easy for her to do. I guess she does her best out of water."

Member-Meneh possesses some big-time hops. At 5-9, she has the ability to leap out of the gym. Despite her relative small stature, she will likely play outside hitter in college, where she will go up against players 6 feet or taller on a regular basis.

"She is truly blessed," Lutheran South volleyball coach Carol Reinitz says. "With all her skills, she's still a great teammate. She just naturally makes others better by the way she goes about doing things."

Member-Meneh has recorded 993 kills in three seasons on the varsity level. Last fall, she drove home 445 of 876 spike attempts, a nifty 50.7 kill percentage. Her 25-kill performance in a thrilling three-set win over DuBourg in postseason play added to her legacy.

The Lancers are 64-32-10 over three years with Member-Meneh leading the way. They finished fourth in the state her freshman year and lost just 10 times in 36 contests last fall. Plus, she is equally as adept on the basketball court. She averaged 24.2 points per game last season, second-best in area.

A true barometer of her prowess came her freshman year when she finished second in the state in the long jump after being introduced to the event just three months earlier. …

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