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Corunna’s Norris edges Novi’s Cummings for Miss Volleyball

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Meredith Norris of Corunna was named Michigan’s Miss Volleyball on Monday, winning the honor in the closest voting in the 15-year history of the award.

Norris, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter, won by a 160-159 margin over Novi outside hitter Ally Cummings. Norris received 22 first-place votes with Cummings getting 19.

“It’s a huge honor for Meredith and I’m very proud of her,” said Corunna sixth-year coach Kari Carnell of Norris, who will be playing at Michigan State next year. “She’s talked about this for a long time and has put in a lot of hard work. She’s a phenomenal player who has great knowledge of the game.

“She has really helped her teammates by buying into the team aspect where everybody shares the credit and that has gone a long way for our success.”

Corunna earned its first regional championship in school history last week. Corunna will play Cadillac in a Class B quarterfinal Tuesday night in Grayling.

Norris has enjoyed some of her top performances in postseason play in recent years, setting a state record for kills (56) in a best-of-five match last fall in a district loss to Goodrich. She also had 53 kills against Goodrich in district play in 2014.

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VOLLEYBALL STATE QUARTERFINALS

ALL GAMES TUESDAY

Class A

Novi vs. Birmingham Marian, at Troy Athens, 7 p.m.

Fenton vs. Midland, at Midland Dow, 6 p.m.

Portage Central vs. Rockford, at Grand Haven, 7 p.m.

Temperance Bedford vs. Livonia Churchill, at Gibraltar Carlson, 7 p.m.

Class B

St. Clair Shores South Lake vs. North Branch, at Clawson, 7 p.m.

Buchanan vs. Grant, at Hudsonville Unity Christian, 7 p.m.

Lake Odessa vs. Adrian, at Milan, 7 p.m.

Corunna vs. Cadillac, at Grayling, 7 p.m.

Class C

Adrian Madison vs. Allen Park Cabrini, at Whitmore Lake, 6 p.m.

Brown City vs. Shelby, at Saginaw Nouvel, 7 p.m.

Bronson vs. Laingsburg, at Portage Central, 7 p.m.

Traverse City St. Francis vs. Calumet, at Charlevoix, 7 p.m.

Class D

Rogers City vs. Crystal Falls Forest Park, at Engadine, 7 p.m.

Auburn Hills Oakland Christian vs. Portland St. Patrick, at Lake Fenton, 7 p.m.

Mendon vs. Plymouth Christian, at Climax-Scotts, 6:30 p.m.

Mount Pleasant vs. Leland, at Buckley, 7 p.m.