Megan Hodge is a nightmare for the opposite team. She stands at 6 ft 3 tall and her presence alone is intimidating in the court. Volleyball is in her blood, both of the parents were members of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Volleyball Team, and Megan herself is playing since she was 12. Throughout her career Megan has built a reputation for her powerful and relentless offensive skills, making her one of the best offensive players in the U.S team. Hodge has represented the country multiple times in international competitions since 2010 including FIVB World Cup Grand Prix 2010 (gold), NORCECA Championship 2011 (gold), London Olympics 2012 (silver), and the Pan American Cup 2013 (gold).
Hodge was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Island on October 15, 1988. When she was 3 years old, her family moved to Durham, North Carolina.
Hodge’s volleyball career started to shine when she began playing for Penn State in 2006. In her freshman year she made 551 kills which ranks 6th on the Penn State single-season record and is the highest for the rally-scoring era. She was also the first freshman to be named Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Year. For the next three years in Penn State she constantly made the difference. She led them to three consecutive NCAA Championships and was named NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player of the Year each time. In her senior year she was selected co-Honda Broderick Cup Award winner for the best female collegiate athlete in all sports.
Throughout her international career with U.S. she is used to lead the attacking efforts. In 2012 Hodges was named most valuable player and Best Scorer of the FIVB World Grand Prix. In 2013 she led U.S. to win their second straight Pan American Cup. She was named Best Spiker in the Pan Am Cup.
By Sebastian Llavaneras
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