Sept. 30, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Stepping into the student-athlete life can be a big adjustment for anybody to make. Just juggling the hectic schedule of going to class, studying, then going to practice to prepare for games can overwhelm even the most organized individual. However, for Ohio State freshman middle blocker Danielle Meyer, adjusting to the student-athlete life has been one of the smoothest transitions she has made in her young life.
“Ohio State is a huge campus and the idea of living a student life and meeting the demands of being an athlete can be overwhelming,” Meyer said. “But I have realized as long as you are organized and focused, the transition can be very easy.”
Meyer, like most Ohio State athletes has had to; “grow up” fairly quickly, at such a young age. And she has done just that. Since arriving to play for the Buckeyes in August Meyer has had no problem maturing as an athlete for the OSU volleyball team.
“I have felt comfortable ever since I came to Ohio State,” Meyer said. “The girls here are wonderful and really made me feel right at home. Coach Stone and his staff are excellent and are really concerned with what you are doing on and off the court.”
For Meyer the decision to come to Ohio State was an easy one.
“I loved Ohio State from day one,” Meyer said. “I liked how the coaches handled themselves around the players and how they taught people how to play. The program here is outstanding and I think it will help me reach my potential as a volleyball player. The location of the school (only an hour away from home) gave Ohio State a big advantage as well.”
While only a freshman Meyer has shown the promise of a successful career in just a short time. Through 12 matches this season, Meyer has played in 40 games and has been a solid contributor in the Buckeyes’ 12-0 record. She is first on the team in total blocks, with 44 (1.10 per game) and leads the Big Ten Conference with a 2.14 per game average in league contests.
“The game itself is really no different than what it was in high school,” Meyer said. “The only real difference is the pace of the game. The players are much faster in college. But I think I have adjusted well.”
Meyer sees senior Stacy Gordon as her biggest influence on the court.
“Stacy has been wonderful to me,” Meyer said. “She has made me feel right at home. She is an incredible person to hang out with on and off the court and has become a good friend of mine.”
Prior to becoming a Buckeye Meyer grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Playing high school volleyball for Mount Notre Dame High School, Meyer was a two-time All-State selection (2002 and 2003) and in 2003 named to the Volleyball Magazine “Fab 50”. Meyer also was a member of the USA Youth National Team which competed in the 2003 World Championships in Poland.
“Volleyball always has been in my blood,” Meyer said. “I have been around the sport my whole life. My parents played volleyball a lot while I was growing up and I loved watching them play, when I was old enough I started playing. And now here I am”
When Meyer needs a break from dealing with the stress volleyball can sometimes bring about, she finds time to pull herself away and take on a new venture – photography.
“I have a passion for photography,” Meyer said. “I love to take pictures and put together scrap books for friends and family. Photography relaxes me and helps me keep life in order.”
Meyer, however, will put aside her passion of photography to help ensure the Buckeyes meet their lofty goals set forth for the 2004 season. She knows with hard work and dedication these goals can be accomplished.
“Our number one goal is to win the Big Ten,” Meyer said. “Once we win the Big Ten it is on to the NCAA tournament. This is a team who wants to win. We have the talent I know we can go to the final four and play for the national championship.”
With her ability to play and her desire to be successful, no one can argue the idea of this year’s Buckeyes going as far as they want. And with Meyer’s drive and determination the Buckeyes appear to be set as a solid contender for the nest three years.
“I plan on making the most of my time here at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “I am a very competitive person, so I always will be trying to out perform what I have already done. We have a great young team here which is going to see some great years ahead. I am so proud to have been given the opportunity to be here.”