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Longo had a career-high 26 digs
The squad's two seniors will be honored prior to Saturday's match
These are the first weekly honors of the season for McClendon and Hancock
McClendon posted a match-high 20 kills
This is the second meeting this season with both teams for the Nittany Lions
2010 (Junior): Academic All-Big Ten ... saw action in 30 matches and 58 sets as a serving and defensive specialist ... tallied 15 digs for the season ... tied her career-best with two digs vs. Princeton (9/18), at Wisconsin (9/26) and at Purdue (10/8) ... posted three aces with one at Florida (9/10), vs. Stanford (9/11) and vs. Princeton (9/18).
2009 (Sophomore): Academic All-Big Ten ... saw action in 22 matches and 28 sets as a serving and defensive specialist ... recorded one dig each against Miami (Ohio) (8/28) and No. 20 Saint Louis (8/29) ... posted one dig vs. Pittsburgh (9/5) ... had an ace and one dig vs. Loyola (Md.) (9/11) ... set a career-high with two aces vs. Saint Francis (9/19) ... had one dig vs. Michigan State (11/27) ... registered an ace vs. Hawaii in the NCAA National Semifinal (12/17).
2008 (Freshman): Saw action in 16 matches as a serving and defensive specialist ... recorded her first collegiate dig against Long Island (9/5) at Rec Hall ... tallied first collegiate ace against Yale (9/19) ... had one ace and one dig against Iowa (11/1).
Four-year volleyball and one-year soccer letterwinner at Langley High School in McLean, Va. ... three-year team captain in volleyball for the Saxons ... finished with a scholastic record of 78-12 ... helped squad to the 2004 and 2007 district championship, the 2007 regional championship and the state finals ... soccer team also captured the 2005 district championship ... two-time district Player of the Year, First Team All-State and Northern Region Player of the Year ... twice named the Player of the Year by the Washington Post ... four-time all-district ... two-time Langley HS volleyball Most Valuable Player ... member of the NOVA Hokuleas (1999-07) and VA Elite (2008) volleyball programs ... four-time scholar athlete.
Born Megan Emily Shifflett on Dec. 22, 1989 in Washington, D.C. ... parents are Susan & Greg Shifflett ... mother (the former Susan Svensen) played volleyball at Penn State ... is an only child ... majoring in secondary education social studies... names reading and listening to music as hobbies, world history as favorite subject, the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Washinton Capitals as favorite pro sports teams, "Water for Elephants" by Sarah Gruen as favorite book, "The Office" as favorite television show, "10 Things I Hate About You" as favorite movie.
Quoting Coach Rose
"I thought Megan has made the biggest jump from last season to this season as far as confidence in her game and her ability to grasp what her role will be. She possesses a good serve, as well as being our quickest defensive player, and she certainly knows what we're trying to do with the volleyball program."
"Every year it's a new team, but the standards and expectations we set for ourselves never change. I'm looking forward to working hard in the gym every day with these girls and continuing the Penn State tradition that this program has embodied for so long."