Women's Hoops: Merideth Marsh commits

Merideth Marsh, a 5'7 guard from Louisville, Kentucky, announced on Monday that she has given a verbal commitment to attend Vanderbilt. The rising senior at the Christian Academy of Louisville will become a Commodore in the fall of 2006.

Merideth Marsh is a true point guard. People who watch her play say that she's a "coach on the floor" and cite her unselfishness. Marsh herself talks about her passion for the game.

"I'm very passionate about how I play," Marsh told VandyMania on Monday, "so sometimes you could say that I'm a little aggressive."

Last spring Marsh led her team to two historic firsts. In February, Christian Academy won Kentucky's All "A" Classic, a statewide basketball tournament for all the schools with an enrollment of 425 students or less, and Marsh was named the tournament MVP.

Then in March, CAL won the Region 7 tournament to earn one of the highly coveted spots in the Sweet 16 of Kentucky's single class state tournament for the first time in the school's history.

For most high school girls looking forward to collegiate basketball, their future college plans begin to take shape the summer following their junior year, and Marsh was no exception.

The turning point in her college quest came during Vanderbilt's Team Challenge Camp held on the Vanderbilt campus during June.

Before that time, Marsh had exchanged letters with the staff during her junior year. "But I actually didn't know how interested they were in me, and I didn't know how interested I was in them," Marsh said.

But when her team from CAL came to Nashville to participate in the camp, Marsh had the opportunity to see the campus first hand and to sit down and talk with the coaches about the program and their goals.

She liked what she saw and what she heard during that weekend. "I felt at home. They welcomed me with open arms and I felt like I would be myself there," said Marsh.

Marsh is the third commitment to this year's recruiting class, joining Jessica Mooney, a 5'9 guard from Hillboro High School in Nashville, and Lauren Lueders, a 5'8 guard from Jackson, Missouri.

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