Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Member-Meneh Helps Lutheran South to First State Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Member-Meneh Helps Lutheran South to First State Title

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Lutheran South senior Leketor Member-Meneh likes winning so much that she doesn't like the first letter in her name.

"I hate losing," Member-Meneh said. "It's awful. It's never a good thing. It's a big 'L' in your column. My name starts with an 'L' and I don't like that."

The winning drive of Member-Meneh and fellow senior Samantha Brinkmann proved to be contagious this season for the Lutheran South volleyball team, which posted a 34-3-3 record and won the Class 3 state championship. It was the first state volleyball championship in school history.

Member-Meneh, who has signed to play for the University of Missouri, is the Post-Dispatch All-Metro Girls Volleyball player of the year.

The 5-foot-7 outside hitter was dominant all season with an average of 7.18 kills per set. Her 610 kills were 99 more than her nearest competitor.

"She's got an amazing athletic ability, but what makes her so special is who she is as a young Christian woman," Lutheran South coach Carol Reinitz said. "She doesn't take anything for granted. She truly appreciates her gifts and she's very giving. She likes to help others. She likes to play to the best of her ability and she doesn't take it for granted."

Member-Meneh took nothing for granted at state. After finishing fourth as a freshman, it took her and Lutheran South three years to return.

The Lancers got a rude awakening from Pleasant Hill, dropping the first set of pool play 25-13. But Member-Meneh and Brinkmann rallied the Lancers, who didn't drop a set the rest of the way. They finished with a 25-23, 25-21 victory over Pleasant Hill in the championship match.

"I knew that a lot of our underclassmen just had jitters," Member- Meneh said. "I know as a freshman when I stepped onto that court (at state) for the first time, I was terrified. I think the difference was I knew what to say to them. When I was a freshman, nobody said anything to me other than do better."

Member-Meneh finished with 70 kills in eight state sets for an 8.75 average.

After Member-Meneh posted 51 kills in pool play at state, including 17 against his Chicks, Pleasant Hill coach George Creason switched up his rotation in the championship match. …

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