2009 AVCA Division I National Player of the Year
Megan Hodge- Penn State University
TAMPA, Fla. (December 18, 2009) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Penn State University senior Megan Hodge was selected as the 2009 Nfinity/AVCA Division I National Player of the Year. The award was presented tonight at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst, which was held in Tampa, Fla., as part of the 2009 AVCA Annual Convention.
Hodge is a force to be reckoned with for the Nittany Lions. The 6-3 outside hitter led the Big Ten with a 4.75 kills per set average and was second in the league in hitting percentage (.399), while also ranking in the top-ten nationally in both categories. In addition, she is a defensively sound player, averaging 2.45 digs per set and accumulating 78 blocks on the year. Hodge currently sits second on the storied PSU program's career kills chart with 2,121 bombs and is only the second Nittany Lion athlete to surpass 2,000 kills during their career.
The Durham, N.C. native's list of honors is growing daily. Hodge recently became only the fifth athlete in the 29-year history of the AVCA All-America program to earn AVCA First-Team All-America recognition in all four seasons she wore a Nittany Lion jersey. She is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year honoree, is a four-time All-Big Ten recipient and was named the 2006 AVCA Division I National Freshman of the Year following her breakout rookie season.
During Hodge's time in Happy Valley, Penn State has put together a dazzling 141-5 record. The Nittany Lions have earned three straight trips to the NCAA semifinals, capturing the NCAA Division I National Championship on each of the two previous occasions (2007, 2008). Hodge is part of a PSU squad that is currently riding a 101-match win streak dating back to Sept. 15, 2007, and her efforts have propelled the Nittany Lions to 16 consecutive NCAA Division I Tournament wins. This season, Hodge has led Penn State to an unblemished 37-0 record and its seventh straight Big Ten Championship with a 20-0 league mark.
Hodge and the Nittany Lions return to the NCAA title match Saturday, where she and her teammates will battle The University of Texas for a chance to celebrate with the national championship trophy for the third consecutive year. The match will take place in the St. Pete Times Forum and the first serve is slated for 8 p.m. EST.