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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 21, 2010) – Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.), an outside hitter playing her first season with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, was selected Monday as co-winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup as the top Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year for 2009-2010. She accepted the award at UCLA’s J.D. Morgan Center this afternoon along with University of Connecticut basketball standout Maya Moore.
The pair was selected by a vote among 1,000 NCAA member schools and the Board of Directors of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program.
As a senior at Penn State last fall, Hodge averaged 4.67 kills per set (560 total kills) in leading the Nittany Lions to their third consecutive NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. In the process, she was named the 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Player of the Year. Penn State ended the 2009 with its second consecutive undefeated season and a 102-match win streak intact. Hodge is part of the winningest class in program history having amassed a career win/loss record of 142-5. She is the first athlete from Penn State to be honored as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
“This year’s history-making tie for out top award is highly unusual,” said Judith R. Holland, co-founder and executive director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. “And while it is extremely rare for us to have a tie for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, in this case it is quite fortuitous, as we are delighted to be able to give the award to two such outstanding athletes and exemplary young women as Maya and Megan. They are both very worthy recipients and we are proud to have them join our legacy.”
"We are extremely proud of Megan for winning the Honda-Broderick Cup,” Penn State University Director of Athletics Tim Curley said. “We believe this award truly cements her as the top female athlete at Penn State and as one of the top female athletes in the country. She had a tremendous career at Penn State and we know she will continue to be successful as an alum both on and off the court."
Earlier this month, Hodge competed with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team at the Montreux Volley Masters event in Switzerland. She racked up a team-leading 5.00 points per set in starting all five matches, which led to Team USA winning the silver medal. Hodge converted 42.6 percent of her attacks and added 0.61 blocks and 1.67 digs per set. Overall, she finished as the fourth leading scorer in the tournament with five consecutive double-digit scoring matches. Hodge contributed a 26-point performance in rallying the U.S. to a four-set victory over Germany on July 9. She added 18 points versus China in the gold-medal match.
With just a couple days off after the team returned from Switzerland, Hodge returned to the court with the U.S. Women’s National Team at the IX Women’s Pan American Cup that started June 18 in Mexico. She contributed 10 points in a 3-0 victory over Peru on June 18, then tallied a team-high 13 points in a June 19 sweep of Puerto Rico. She missed the June 20 match against Trinidad & Tobago as she traveled back to Los Angeles to attend the Honda-Broderick Cup award ceremony.
Hodge also took a week hiatus from classes this past winter to play in a three-match exhibition tour in China between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2. During the three matches, she averaged 5.29 points and 3.00 digs per set in starting all three matches. The last two contests were against a professional Chinese club team coached by 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping.
Before joining the U.S. Women’s National Team, Hodge accumulated numerous awards during her Penn State career. She became Penn State’s fourth four-time AVCA First-Team All-American and was chosen as the Big Ten Player of the Year twice. A finalist for the AAU Sullivan Award, she was also four-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection.
Off the court, Hodge was an excellent student. She was honored as an ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-American in 2008 and garnered first team accolades in 2009. She went on to be named the Academic All-American of the Year for volleyball. In addition, Hodge was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Hodge graduated in May with a degree in business.
“I think it’s a great honor for Megan, Penn State and the sport of collegiate volleyball,” Penn State Head Coach Russ Rose said said. “It’s an individual award that is shared by all her teammates and fans. She came to Penn State with great skills and athletic ability and was able to polish those skills and have a career anyone would be envious of.”
Penn State University's Susan Bedsworth contributed to this release.