Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 190 cm/6-3
Hometown/Residence: Durham, N.C.
Birth Date: Oct. 15, 1988
College/Major/Grad Year: Penn State/Business Management/TBA
Joined Team: June 2009
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold). 2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Olympic Games (Silver). 2011 - Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – China Tour…Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)…Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Tour of Brazil...FIVB World Championship (Fourth).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Started all five matches in helping U.S. win second straight Pan American Cup…Named Best Spiker in the Pan Am Cup as she held a .482 hitting efficiency with a 55.3 kill percent…Averaged 3.60 points per set in 15 sets played in Pan Am Cup, including 17 points versus Puerto Rico on June 11. 2012 – Selected most valuable player of the FIVB World Grand Prix after leading Team USA to 5-0 record in the Final Round and a 14-0 overall record…Added Best Scorer honors during the Final Round with 103 points (89 kills, 13 blocks, 1 ace)… Finished second in the Best Spiker category with a 43.8 kill percent (89-of-203), seventh in Best Blocker with 0.68 blocks per set and third in Best Digger with 1.84 digs per set…Over the course of the full tournament averaged 5.26 points over the course of the 14-match World Grand Prix in which the U.S. did not lose a match…Converted 49.5 percent of her attacks for points with a .376 hitting efficiency… added averages of 4.58 kills, 2.55 digs and 0.52 blocks per set…Helped the U.S. to the Olympic Games silver medal…Played in eight sets with one start at the Olympics, compiling 3.38 points and 1.75 digs per set with a .300 hitting efficiency…Came off the bench to score 18 points against China on Aug. 1 with 18 kills on 27 attacks…Scored four kills, one block and one ace in gold-medal match against Brazil…Ended 2012 with nine match starts and 41 sets played in averaging 4.76 points and 2.29 digs…Attacked at a .357 hitting efficiency and 49.0 kill percent in 2012 while also averaging 4.15 kills and 0.46 blocks per set. 2011 – Led U.S. in scoring at Pan American Cup with 85 points and 4.05 points per set…Recorded 17 kills, one block and eight digs versus Brazil on July 5…Tallied 18 points versus Dominican Republic in Pan Am Cup semifinal…Converted 45 percent of attacks at Pan Am Cup with .287 hitting efficiency…Started four matches during the FIVB World Grand Prix helping the U.S. win the gold medal…Averaged 3.73 points, 1.55 digs and 0.41 aces per set while hitting .298 in the tournament…Scored 15 points in each of the first three matches of the preliminary round, including a 10-kill, three-block, two-ace performance against China…Tallied 12 points in a reserve role versus Serbia…Tallied 15 points versus Peru with 12 kills on 20 errorless attacks and three blocks…Subbed into five-set rally over Italy and provided 11 digs… Scored 11 kills on 19 attacks in two sets as a reserve helping the U.S. win gold at the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship…Hit at a .526 efficiency during the NORCECA Championship…In reserve role at FIVB World Cup, averaged 3.75 points with a 51.6 kill percent and .406 hitting efficiency while playing 12 sets helping U.S. earn the silver medal and 2012 Olympic Games qualification…Tallied 20 points with 15 kills, five aces and 10 digs in start against Kenya. 2010 – Averaged team-leading 5.29 points per set in starting all three matches of USA’s tour of China…Scored 15 points in exhibition versus Evergrande on Feb. 2 with 15 kills and nine digs…In pro debut, notched 15 points versus Hong Kong on Jan. 30 with 12 kills on 18 swings and just one error to go with three blocks and five digs…Hit at a .382 efficiency on China Tour and converted 48.5 percent of attacks into kills…Averaged 3.00 digs per set on China Tour…Totaled a team-leading 5.00 points per set in starting all five matches at the Montreux Volley Masters in which the U.S. won the silver medal…Converted 42.6 percent of attacks into kills at Montreux while adding averages of 0.61 blocks and 1.67 digs per set…Finished Montreux as the fourth leading scorer among all players…Scored double-figures in all five Montreux matches, including a 26-point performance (23 kills, 3 blocks) in a four-set win over Germany on June 9…Tallied 19 points versus Russia on June 11 and 18 points versus China on June 13 in the Montreux gold-medal match…Averaged 3.60 points, 1.87 digs, 3.27 kills, 0.20 aces and 0.13 blocks during the Pan American Cup, despite missing two matches as she traveled to accept her Honda-Broderick Cup award for best female collegiate athlete in any sport for the 2009-2010 season…Converted 13 of 18 errorless attacks into points for a .722 hitting efficiency against Puerto Rico on June 19…Contributed match-high 16 points with a .414 hitting efficiency on 29 attacks versus Cuba in bronze-medal match of Pan American Cup on June 26…Contributed 3.31 points per set in 16 sets played at the FIVB World Grand Prix in which the U.S. won the gold medal…Tallied 17 points and 15 digs versus Germany on Aug. 7, followed by a 15-point, 20-dig match against Poland on Aug. 8…Started FIVB World Grand Prix with 14 points and 13 digs in a win over Dominican Republic…Averaged 3.47 points per set while starting two of four matches on Tour of Brazil…Scored 22 points versus Brazil on Sept. 25, followed by a 20-point match on Sept. 26 in a reserve role…Played in two sets during the FIVB World Championship against Kazakhstan on Nov. 2, scoring a kill on three attacks to go with a dig.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Selected co-Honda Broderick Cup Award winner for the best female collegiate athlete in all sports…Named Honda Award winner for Volleyball, AVCA Division I National Player of the Year and ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year as Penn State won its third consecutive NCAA Division I title, second of which with an undefeated record… Selected for the fourth time as an AVCA All-America First-Team choice…Named Big Ten Player of the Year for the second time…Tallied 2,142-career kills leading to a 141-5 career record at Penn State…Finished season with 560 kills as part of a 4.67 kill average and .371 attack percentage…Ranked second on the squad in digs with 295 (2.46 per set). 2008 – Led Penn State to second consecutive NCAA Division I title with an undefeated record…Chosen AVCA First Team All-America, NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten ... Named ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-American ... Started all 38 matches appearing in 115 sets ... Led the team with 470 kills and a 4.09 kills per set average ... Finished second on the squad with 242 digs and averaged 2.10 digs per game. 2007 – Selected Honda Award Finalist, NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and AVCA First Team All-America as Penn State won the NCAA title … Selected Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week (9/10) ... Started all 36 matches and 122 games ... Ranked first on the team and third in the Big Ten with 4.60 kills per game ... Recorded 561 total kills for the season ... Set a new season high with 26 kills in the national championship match against Stanford (12/15). 2006 – Selected AVCA First Team All-America and AVCA National Freshman of the Year ... Big Ten Player of the Year ... Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten ... First player in Big Ten history to earn First Team AVCA All-America honors as a freshman ... Became only player ever in Big Ten history to claim both Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year honors ... First-ever player to earn Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year honors and AVCA National Freshman of the Year honors in consecutive seasons ... Led the Big Ten and the team in points per game (5.57) and kills per game (4.83) ... Ranked second on the team with 39 service aces and 303 digs, an average of 2.66 digs per game ... Her 551 kills ranks sixth on the Penn State single-season record chart and is the highest for the rally-scoring era ... Average of 4.83 kills per game places her third on the all-time single-season list and ranked her 17th in the country ... Only the seventh player in Nittany Lion history to record more than 500 kills in a season.
OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: Member of the 2006 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team…Member of 2004 and 2005 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team ... Voted the Most Valuable Player and "Best Attacker" at the 2004 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship in Cataño, Puerto Rico ... Competed with the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team at the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship in Macau, China in 2005.
CLUB/PREP CAREER: As a member of the Triangle 18's club team, was selected as an All-American at the 2006 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Fla. ... Selected as the Most Valuable Player of the North Carolina Regional Championships for the 18’s Gold age division ... First player from the Carolina Region to be named All-Tournament at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships ... Three-time USA Volleyball Carolina Region MVP ... Four-year volleyball starter at Riverside High School in Durham, N.C. ... Named 2006 Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year ... one of five finalists for the 2006 Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year ... Selected as two-time North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year (2005 & 2006) ... Named the National High School Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine ... 2005-06 PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American and Top Senior Ace ... Tabbed first team Mizuno Volleyball High School All-American in 2006 ... Voted the 2006 National High School Senior Athlete of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association ... Helped Riverside High School to a 74-14 scholastic record ... Posted career totals of 1,596 kills, 319 blocks, 647 digs, 286 aces and 130 assists ... Led Riverside to the state playoff semifinals in 2002 and 2004 and the state quarterfinals in 2003 ... Acted as a peer mentor for students with special needs.
PERSONAL: Born Megan Hodge on Oct. 15, 1988, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands…Parents are Michael and Carmen Hodge…Both her parents played for the Virgin Islands National Volleyball Team…Mother played volleyball at George Washington University, while father played at University of Virgin Islands…Brother Michael… Majored in business management at Penn State University…From 1996-2002, was a member of the Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Demonstration team and was a silver medalist in the 12-14 age division at the World Championship in Ghent, Belgium, as a member of the USA Jump Rope Team.
LAST UPDATED: June 17, 2013
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