Ms. volleyball: Mendenhall guided young Bengals to success

Ms. volleyball: Mendenhall guided young Bengals to success

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(Photo: Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS -- It doesn't matter if it's a pick-up game in the neighborhood or a state playoff match, Lori Mendenhall is going to do everything she can to win.

If that means playing hurt, so be it. If that means running lines, bring them on. If that means taking time to help her younger, less experienced teammates, she will give them whatever they need.

This year's Deseret News Ms. Volleyball is a competitor with the kind of athletic ability that would have made her a success at any sport. The Mendenhalls, however, have a volleyball gene.

The sixth of seven children — six girls and one boy — Lori comes from a long line of setters. Her mom was a setter for BYU, and her older sisters, as well as a cousin, have set for the Brighton High Bengals and at various colleges. Even her only brother married a volleyball player, who played for the University of Utah. Lori will play volleyball for Idaho State next season after a long list of accomplishments, including a new state record in career assists — 3,208 in three years at Brighton.

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