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Texas Tech Student-Athlete Spotlight: Karlyn Meyers
October 12, 2011
By Jessika Bailey
Big 12 Campus Correspondent

Setting a goal to play a Division I sport is on most high school athlete's minds, but for Texas Tech senior Karlyn Meyers the choice of playing a college sport was more of a known fact.

"It wasn't a goal to play in college, it was ‘I'm going to play'," she said. "It wasn't something I consciously thought about, I just knew it was going to happen."

Being a collegiate athlete runs in the Meyers' family as Karlyn followed in her mother's footsteps. Stacy Meyers was a multi-sport athlete at Abilene Christian University, playing volleyball and running track for Wes Kittley, Texas Tech's current track and field coach.

Her brother, Kyal Meyers, quickly established himself as one of Tech's top track and field athletes last year as well, claiming Big 12 Outstanding Freshman of the Year honors during the indoor season.

For Karlyn, though, having family that is able to relate to the busy schedule of a student-athlete is a blessing, especially since she and her brother have spent their first year living together.

"He understands my schedule, I understand his schedule," she said. "It's nice just having someone there for support."

Within Meyers' four-year college career she has had to overcome adversity on the court as Texas Tech has brought in four different coaches within the four years. Meyers says it can be challenging.

"I've had to change how I interact with each new coach and the different personalities they bring," she said. "Adapting to new systems and new team dynamics."

Through the changes, Meyers has kept one thing constant, her faith.

"Things haven't gone necessarily as I'd planned and I think that's just God preparing me for something in the future," Meyers said.

Leading into her senior year, Meyers has tried to lead her team by showing them through body language rather than by words.

"It's easy to lead by talk but when you're leading by example, I think that's when people will really notice," Meyers said.

Staying connected to teammates outside of volleyball is key to being a leader. Meyers says she tries to get to know them on a more personal level, not just as a team but also as a family.

When Tech head coach Don Flora thinks of what it takes to be a student-athlete, he said Meyers always comes to mind.

"She embodies what it means to be a student-athlete," the first-year head coach said, noting that she succeeds both academically and athletically.

The Red Raiders enter Wednesday night's match at Texas with a 14-5 record, largely in part to Meyers' impact at the setter position. Prior to this season, Tech had only won 11 matched combined over the previous three seasons.

After just 19 matches, Flora has noticed growth within Meyers both on and off the court.

Flora said even through the coaching changes, she has conformed to their program and has been a great success.

"She has been a true pleasure as a coach," he said. "She's bought into our systems and she, day-to-day, works hard within our expectations of the program."

Meyers will end her volleyball career this fall for the Red Raiders, but that is just the beginning for the China Spring, Texas native.

She will join her brother and the track and field program later this spring as a javelin thrower, boasting an already talented Tech roster that is ranked among the nation's elite yearly.

On top of that, Meyers has already been accepted into graduate school in Tech's exercise sports sciences program, a new role she will begin next fall with the goal of one day becoming a strength and conditioning coach.

"As fun as volleyball has been, I know this is only the beginning," she said. "We've had ups and downs through my four seasons, but I couldn't be prouder of where both this team and myself personally are now."

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