Athlete of the Week – Luke Meidel

O’Fallon’s Luke Meidel shines in his junior season

Luke Meidel- AOTW  When it mattered most, O’Fallon junior Luke Meidel, was there to pick up the pace for the Panthers.

Meidel, the son of Kurt and Deb Meidel, led the charge for the varsity OTHS volleyball squad in the first round of the sectional tournament against Belleville West. Although the team was unable to earn the win, Meidel played with an unselfish spark that nearly gained them the victory.

Against West Meidel had a team high of 11 kills in two games played. On defense he racked up 11 service receives and 8 digs, while only committing two errors.

Throughout the season Meidel was a present force for the Panthers. As a junior he led the SWC champion OTHS team with 294 digs and 308 kills.  Meidel also had one of the highest service percentages on the team at 91 percent.

“All around Luke has been a very consistent player for us,” said varsity head coach Katelyn Hagarty. “He loves the game and you can tell whether it’s in games or in practices. He always tries to better himself, his teammates and he is a very unselfish player. Luke understands that it is a team sport and it allows him to compete at a high level.”

Before his junior season, Meidel had already began to build himself an impressive career at OTHS. In his freshman season Meidel played 21 games at the varsity level and as a sophomore became a starter. Next year, Meidel will have a large impact on the team as a senior.

“I’m looking forward to what he has and what he can offer for us next year in his senior season. He will most definitely take over as senior and he wants to go on and play after. Luke knows what it takes for us to be a good team,” said Hagarty.