BIG RAPIDS — Jada Meeuwes, at 5-feet-10 inches, is the tallest player on the Crossroads Charter Academy volleyball team.
She also stands as one of the team’s most important players as Meeuwes, a senior, enters her third season.
“It was a good improving year,” she said of 2018. “Last year I played left. I have played middle.”
Meeuwes said she’ll be at middle hitter this season.
“The hitting is a little different and the timing is a little different,” she said. “I like middle. Because of my height, I can hit and block more.”
Meeuwes is confident she can hit the ball hard and put it an effective spot, making it tough for the other side to return. Timing and being able to jump high are keys to blocking, she added.
“I’m pretty accurate” on her timing, Meeuwes said.
“Last year, I moved her to left, but she’s shown a passion for middle and has really taken it upon herself to show just how versatile she can be,” Crossroads coach Kristin Yates said. “You can expect to see her in either position this season, and I’m hoping to see big swings from her this year.”
Meeuwes was on the Pioneer dream team last season and made second-team West Michigan D League honors.
Crossroads is at Manistee Catholic tonight.
“We’re doing good,” Meeuwes said. “We have 10 returning varsity players from last year. We have good chemistry.”
Meeuwes said she played volleyball during the summer. She’s also on the Crossroads bowling and track teams.