January 13, 2010

Megan Hodge Named 2009 Player of the Year

Megan Hodge used her patented steel-blue-eyed death stare super-human ball-killing abilities to secure Penn State's second consecutive Honda Sports Award for women's volleyball. The Nittany Lion senior outside hitter was earlier this season named AVCA Division I National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

In case you're wondering just how dominant this year's Penn State women's volleyball team was, Hodge beat out teammate Alisha Glass for the Honda Sports Award. Two of the four nominees were Nittany Lions. Last season's award was won by Nittany Lion Nicole Fawcett.

"I feel incredibly honored and blessed to have been chosen to receive the Honda Sports Award," Hodge said in the GoPSUSports.com official release. "It was not only a privilege to be nominated along with three other amazing athletes, but also to join the many women who were selected in previous years. This caps off an amazing year, not only for me but also for the Penn State program."

A four-time AVCA First-Team All-American, Hodge was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2009 for second time, the first as a freshman in 2006.

Penn State won its third consecutive national title last month, winning 102 straight matches since 2007. Hodge's average of 4.67 kills per set (560 kills total) led the Big Ten and earned her an eighth place national ranking. Hodge was chosen as the 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and is a business management major.

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