Veterans High’s Meredith Buchanan signs volleyball scholarship with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Veterans High School’s Meredith Buchanan signed a volleyball scholarship Feb. 5 with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy out of Kings Point, New York.

The Academy is an NCAA Division III school and plays in the Skyline Conference. This past season the Lady Mariners finished 20-7 and missed the championship trophy by just one game; they lost 3-2 to Manhattanville.

Buchanan, who will depart July 10, Coach Timothy Jackson said during her ceremony, helped the Lady Warhawks finish 33-13 this past year. They also won Region 1-AAAAA champion honors and qualified and competed at state.

Buchanan played five years at Veterans. She was just one of four eighth graders to play on the junior varsity squad – also playing on it as a freshman.

She played varsity three years.

“She became that all-around package with some impressive career stats,” Jackson said, going on to list many of them. She played 300 sets, had 484 kills, 114 blocks, 551 assists, 136 aces and 123 digs.

As a junior, she made the Region 1-AAAAA First Team. She also earned Offensive Player of the Year for the team for her 151 kills, 75 aces and 162 assists.

In her senior year, she was voted team co-captain. She also earned the Most Valuable Player award for the team and was voted Region 1-AAAAA Most Valuable Player for the region.

She finished that year with 228 kills, 41 blocks, 71 digs, 59 aces and had 386 assists.