By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Some things are well worth the wait. Don’t believe it? Just ask Stillwater High School senior Peyton Meacham.
Seven months after verbally committing to play volleyball at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., Meacham’s wait was finally over Wednesday as she literally crossed the Ts and dotted the Is on her national letter of intent.
“I feel so complete now,” Meacham said. “All of the deciding, all of the waiting is over with. I just get to walk in and be a Bearcat, and just enjoy college.
“I was just hoping that I wouldn’t spell my name wrong. Thinking about the next four years and all the prayer that’s gone into it and all the people that have supported me, it’s just exciting to finally see it all put together.”
The road to becoming a Bearcat was long, with many twists and turns. At times, Meacham would spend hours in the gym alone working to improve her game in hopes of one day earning that scholarship.
“It’s an honor to have a player do so well while they’re playing for you, but then to have them go to that next level after so much hard work and dedication, it’s fantastic,” Stillwater High School coach Jason Webber said. “Peyton is definitely one of those people who has been in the gym day-in and day-out. Sometimes when nobody else is in the gym, she’s in there. It’s just neat to see her blessed like that and to see her have the opportunity to continue her education and her love for the game.”
Meacham joins a Southwest Baptist team that struggled to a 10-23 season, but typically is near the top of its conference standings.
“She’s definitely talented,” Webber said. “It’s neat to be part of a big program and a school that fits her. We haven’t had a really big-time player since Carly Frazier, so it’s going to be neat to follow Peyton over the years to watch her grow in her sport and her skill.”
A new team and a new state will undoubtedly be a tough adjustment for the Stillwater senior, but Meacham said she’s excited for the opportunity.
“I’m not that nervous,” Meacham said. “Of course I’m going to miss my family a lot and these girls, but I feel like my family is always going to be there and always be communicating with me. The only thing I’m worried about is working out, getting in shape and seeing how the season goes.”
Perhaps the biggest change will be in her wardrobe — something her brothers Cole and Brooks were already accustomed to as they watched Meacham sign while wearing SBU shirts.
“It’s just odd,” Meacham said. “It’s kind of weird that I’m not going to be putting on yellow and blue next year. Instead I’m going to be putting on purple. It’s going to be weird, but it’s going to be cool at the same time and I’m excited.”
It may take some time for Meacham to get used to a host of new surroundings but when it comes to volleyball, Webber said he is confident that Meacham will continue to perform at an even higher level than she did as a Lady Pioneer.
“I hope that she continues to do what she did here at the high school,” Webber said. “That’s just influence those around her to be better, stronger people. She’s never really let anybody get her down. She’s always had a strong heart and people around her have been better because of the person she is. That’s what we want from our girls in our program.”