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Merete Lutz

School

Stanford

Position
Opposite
Major
Human Biology

Classroom

Merete Lutz graduated last spring with a 3.298 GPA in human biology, concentrating in environmental change and the ecology of infectious disease. She is now pursing a master’s in epidemiology and clinical research from the Department of Health Research and Policy in the Stanford School of Medicine. She did her research internship on environmental change and the ecology in the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and Stanford Dish area. After volleyball she wants to work for an international health organization like World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and help control outbreaks of disease and prepare the world for a changing disease landscape that accompanies global environmental change. She is also a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention pick.

Character

“Merete is the epitome of a Stanford student-athlete as she excels both on the court and in the classroom. She has grown as a leader, teammate and person during her time with the program. She is a great representation of Stanford Volleyball and serves as a role model for others.” - Head Coach Kevin Hambly

Community

Lutz served on Stanford’s SAAC Special Projects Committee, attending all community service events. Helped the women’s volleyball program win the athletic department’s community service award for the third time in the past four years. She and her teammates participated in clinics for middle school kids, talking about college, teaching volleyball and motivating the students to stay fit and succeed in school. She has volunteered at a homeless shelter by helping landscape and garden to provide fresh produce. The team continued its relationship with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, visiting several times to brighten sick children’s days with games and arts and crafts. Lutz also volunteered at a beach cleanup day in Half Moon Bay, Calif., and has participated with the Wender Weis Foundation’s Children’s Champions event to promote fitness for at-risk kids.

Competition

Lutz is a three-time AVCA All-American (Second Team 2014 and 2015, and Third Team 2016) and three-time AVCA All-Pacific North Region selection. She also has earned Volleyball Magazine All-America honors twice. A three-time All-Pac-12 Conference performer, she was a member of the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team in 2014. She was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26, 2015, and twice earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week accolades. She secured Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team and USD Invitational All-Tournament Team honors in 2014. She should finish her career ranked in the top 10 all-time at Stanford in hitting percentage and total blocks.