"It feels good to know that I get to keep playing," said Merriman. "I love to play volleyball and to continue that in college is awesome."
Merriman has only played organized volleyball for six years but she has proved to be a natural talent.
This season Merriman earned first team All-Conference, All-District and All-Region honors.
In addition to those accomplishments she was named the Spring River Valley Conference Player of the Year and to the All-State second team.
"Krishna is a very driven and motivated player," said Pierce City coach Allison Davis. "She was a leader for our team and has a dedicated work ethic that will serve her well in college."
Merriman chose MSSU over Southwest Baptist University, College of the Ozarks and Evangel University.
"Southern was the best fit for me," said Merriman. " I really liked the coaching staff and the fact that my family and friends are close."
Merriman also excels in the classroom. She has a 3.7 grade points average and is ranked near the top of her graduating class. She plans to pursue a degree in the medical field.
"In order to play at the college level you have to put in lots of practice time," said Merriman. "You can't take a day off, and you must always work hard."
Merriman is the daughter of Rick and Buffy Merriman, of Pierce City.