University Park, Pa. — Penn State women’s volleyball outside hitter Megan Hodge (Durham, N.C.) has been voted one of three finalists for the Honda-Broderick Cup, given to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
The finalists were chosen from previously announced Honda Sports Award winners in 12 different NCAA-sanction sports, by a vote from among more than 1,000 NCAA-member institutions. The Honda-Broderick Cup winner will be named at a special awards ceremony on June 21st at UCLA in Los Angeles.
"We are extremely proud of what Megan has accomplished during her Penn State career," said Director of athletics Tim Curley. "After guiding her team to an unprecedented three consecutive national championships and back-to-back undefeated seasons, she has proven to be one of Penn State’s most talented athletes ever. Megan is truly a prime example of Success with Honor at Penn State. As a finalist for the Honda Broderick Cup, we believe this establishes her as one of the top athletes in the nation and are very proud."
The Penn State Female Athlete of the Year, Hodge guided the Nittany Lions to an unprecedented third straight NCAA title in 2009 while on a 102-match winning streak. The 2009 Division I National Player of the Year, Hodge is part of the winningest class in program history having amassed a career win/loss record of 142-5. 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.
The other two finalists for the Honda-Broderick Cup are: senior Lisa Koll (Iowa State, Track & Field) and junior Maya Moore (Connecticut, Women’s Basketball). For more information on the three honorees, please visit http://awards.honda.com/.