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Nittany Lions look to upend consensus No. 1 Cornhuskers and Hawkeyes this weekend
2008 (Junior): AVCA First Team All-America ... NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player ... NCAA Regional Chapionship Most Outstanding Player ... First Team AVCA All-Mideast Region ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten ... ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-American ... Chicago Classic All-Tournament Team ... Hawaiian Airlines Classic All-Tournament Team ... Unanimous Preseason All-Big Ten ... started all 38 matches appearing in 115 sets ... led the team with 470 kills and a 4.09 kills per set average ... her 470 kills ranked third in the Big Ten ... has double-digit kills in 95 of her 109 collegiate matches ... led the Nittany Lions in kills in 21 matches ... her .349 hitting percentage ranked fifth on the team and seventh in the Big Ten ... finished second on the squad with 242 digs ... she averaged 2.10 digs per game ... her 1,582 career kills rank fifth on Penn State's all-time list, while her 4.51 kills per game rank second ... posted five double-doubles ... tallied 12 kills on .667 hitting at Yale (9/19) ... registered 15 kills on .519 hitting at Northwestern (10/25) ... averaged 4.00 kills per game on .412 hitting with 18 digs against Minnesota and Iowa (10/31-11/1) ... tallied 17 kills on .429 hitting at Illinois (11/14) ... averaged 4.33 kills per game on .600 hitting with 2.61 digs per set aganst Northwestern and Wisconsin (11/21-22) ... recorded 15 kills on .609 hitting against Western Michigan (12/12) ... set a season high with 23 kills against Nebraska in the NCAA Semifinal.
2007 (Sophomore): Honda Award Finalist ... NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player ... AVCA First Team All-America ... AVCA First Team All-Mideast Region ... Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten ... Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week (9/10) ... Big Ten Player of the Week (9/10) ... Yale Classic All-Tournament Team ... Penn State Classic Most Valuable Player ... Unanimous Preseason All-Big Ten ... 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, good for sixth on the Penn State single-season record list ... ended the season with 1,112 career kills, good for 17th on the all-time Nittany Lion record chart ... ended the year averaging 4.71 kills per game for her career, good for the top spot on the Penn State record list ... had double-digit kills in 35 of 36 matches and has 66 career double-digit kill contests ... had seven matches of 20 or more kills ... set a new season high with 26 kills in the national championship match against Stanford (12/15) ... averaged 5.25 kills per game in two four-game wins over Texas (8/24-25) to open the season ... became the 19th player in Lion history to reach 1,000 kills, surpassing the plateau at Michigan (11/24) ... averaged 4.45 kills per game on a .363 hitting percentage in the NCAA Tournament ... recorded 13 double-doubles (kills-digs) during the season to push her career total to 25 ... ranked second on the team with 2.54 digs per game and 310 total digs ... picked up a season-high 19 digs versus Wisconsin (11/16) ... ranked second on the team with 35 service aces ... had at least one ace in 22 matches and provided multiple aces in 10 contests ... tallied 88 total blocks ... had 24 multiple-block matches ... posted a career-high eight blocks against Delaware State (9/15).
2006 (Freshman): AVCA First Team All-America ... AVCA National Freshman of the Year ... Big Ten Player of the Year ... Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... AVCA First Team All-Mideast Region ... AVCA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year ... Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten ... NCAA Seattle Regional All-Tournament Team ... Big Ten All-Freshmen Team ... three-time Big Ten Player of the Week (9/25, 10/23, 11/27) ... LSU Classic All-Tournament Team ... Penn State Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Texas Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Penn State Classic All-Tournament Team ... first player in Big Ten history to earn First Team AVCA All-America honors as a freshman ... just one of two true freshmen to be named to the three 2006 AVCA All-America teams and the only one named First Team ... the 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 ... her average of 4.83 kills per game places her third on the all-time single-season list and ranked her 17th in the country ... becomes only the seventh player in Nittany Lion history to record more than 500 kills in a season ... posted double-digit kills in 31 matches, tallying 15 or more kills in 20 contests and 20 or more kills in six outings ... recorded a career-high 27 kills in the five-game thriller at Texas (9/8) ... tied the school record with 25 kills in a three-game match at Northwestern (10/13) ... hit for a personal-best .727 (17-1-22) against Miami (Ohio) (9/16) ... recorded 11 double-doubles, including both matches at the NCAA Seattle Regional against No. 18 Purdue (12/8) and No. 3 Washington (12/9) ... posted a career-high 20 digs versus Michigan (10/20) ... tallied at least one block in 32 matches, with 24 contests of two or more blocks ... notched a career-high five blocks three times, including versus Duke (9/2), at Illinois (10/15) and against Michigan State (10/21) ... posted at least one ace in 21 matches ... had 14 multiple-ace matches, including a career-best four at Minnesota (10/28).
Four-year volleyball starter at Riverside High School in Durham, N.C. ... 2006 Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year ... one of five finalists for the 2006 Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year ... 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 ... 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 ... member of the 2006 USA Junior National Team and the 2004 and 2005 USA Youth National teams ... voted the Most Valuable Player and "Best Attacker" at the 2004 NORCECA Championships in Cataño, Puerto Rico ... competed with the USA Youth National Team at the Youth World Championships in Macau, China in 2005 ... earned the prestigious Paul Williamson Award as the Pac 6 Athlete of the Year ... named the North Carolina High School Female Athlete of the Year by the News and Observer ... 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 ... as a member of the Triangle 18's club team, was selected as an All-American as 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 ... the first player from the Carolina Region to be named All-Tournament at the USA Junior Olympic Girls Volleyball Championships ... three-time USA Volleyball Carolina Region MVP ... four-time Pac 6 all-conference selection ... two-time Pac 6 conference Player of the Year ... led Riverside to the state playoff semifinals in 2002 and 2004 and the state quarterfinals in 2003 ... 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 ... ranked 53 in her class of 493 at Riverside, holding a 4.5 grade point average ... member of the Riverside Student Council ... acted as a peer mentor for students with special needs.
Born on Oct. 15, 1988 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands ... parents are Michael and Carmen Hodge ... has one brother, Michael (12) ... mother played volleyball at George Washington University ... father played volleyball at the University of the Virgin Islands ... both parents are former members of the Virgin Islands National Volleyball team and were selected all-regional by the Carolina Region ... majoring in business management ... names "Fade" as favorite book, "American Gangster" as favorite movie, hot fudge brownie sundaes as favorite food, the Virgin Islands as favorite place to visit, the Boston Celtics as favorite pro sports team and Dwayne Wade and Kevin Garnett as favorite pro athletes.
Quoting Russ Rose
"Megan has had a storied career at Penn State. I'd expect her last year to be her most important. Her strengths are her physical talents and her ability to dominate a match and she'll be given the opportunity to take those swings in critical situations. I'd like to judge her last year on her leadership skills and how she's taken this team under her wing."
"To be a better team at the end of the season than we are at the beginning. And as always, to end the season on a win."