Oct. 27, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Their contributions go way beyond mere statistics. And on Thursday night, the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos will honor their two seniors, Achari Mainor and Samantha Meeks.
Before the start of Thursday's 6 p.m. volleyball match against Shaw, Mainor, of Antioch, CA, and Meeks, of Laurinburg, NC, will be presented with tokens of appreciation for their contributions to the Fayetteville State volleyball program.
The moment will commemorate two of the Lady Broncos' most accomplished players prior to Fayetteville State's (12-6, 12-4) final regular season match of the year. Mainor and Meeks, each multiple All-CIAA selections, were members of the 2007 CIAA Champion Lady Broncos' squad, and were integral parts of the last two teams that each reached the finals of the CIAA Tournament.
"Both Achari and Sam are very versatile players," says Fayetteville State coach Reeshemah Johnson
. "That versatility is the most important thing that they bring to the program.
"Both Sam and Achari have great fundamentals and they both work very hard. They put in lots of work on their own outside of practice. In that respect, they are shining examples for the younger players to emulate."
Meeks, an outside hitter, leads the CIAA this season in aces and is sixth in kills, with a team-high 172. Mainor, a setter, is second in the conference in assists, with 8.05 per set.
Mainor came to Fayetteville State in 2007 as a middle blocker, but since that time has become one of the premier setters the CIAA has ever seen. A two-time First Team All-CIAA setter, Mainor is currently second in the CIAA in assists in 2010. On Sept. 29, 2009, against Southern Virginia, Mainor recorded a staggering 48 assists in a single match, and over the course of her career, has totaled more than 3,200 assists and more than 150 service aces.
Meeks came to Fayetteville State in 2007 as a versatile offensive force, and she's only added to her reputation since. Also a two-time First Team All-CIAA selection, Meeks has been one of the most effective offensive producers in CIAA history. Meeks has totaled more than 150 aces in her career, and currently leads the CIAA in service aces in 2010. Since 2007, Meeks ranks second at Fayetteville State in kills, kills per set, assists and service attempts. She has nearly 1,000 career kills and a staggering number of attack attempts, with nearly 2,700 since 2007.