Mead Senior Uses Hard Work On And Off The Court

SPOKANE — For two years, Erica Norris has enjoyed playing on Mead’s volleyball team but being a varsity Panther didn’t come easy.

“You have to work really hard in the off-season so that you can make it to the school season,” said Norris. “It’s a really grueling process, you have to really beat other people out for it, so it’s pretty intense.”

The process of making varsity just might be that intense, but Norris will tell you, it’s paid off and everyone including her coach recognizes that.

“What Erica brings is a real knowledge of the game,” said her coach Judy Knight. “She’s played several positions and she’s really bubbly and positive, she’s a good senior leader for us.”

Being a leader and contributing to the team is important to Erica, but getting good grades is also a big part of her life as she holds down a 3.9 GPA.

“It’s kind of hard, you just have to get your stuff done and not procrastinate,” said Norris

Obviously Norris has followed her own rules and will graduate at the top of her class. She plans on attending Lewis and Clark State College state to play tennis, no not volleyball, and become a teacher.