Megan Hodge, a senior at Penn State University, was selected as the 2010 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year for her outstanding performance in volleyball. For only the second time in its 34-year history, two female athletes tied for the annual Honda-Broderick Cup. The other winner of the prestigious award was University of Connecticut basketball star Maya Moore. Both athletes were selected as winners of the Honda-Broderick Cup by voting among 1,000 NCAA member schools and the Board of Directors of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program.
Last year’s ceremony in Los Angeles was attended by all “Top Three” finalists for the 2010 award, including both Hodge and Moore as well as track & field distance runner Lisa Koll from Iowa State University. Hodge is the first athlete from Penn State University to be honored as Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year
The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award recognizes not only outstanding athletic achievement but also team contributions, scholastics and community involvement. Last year’s tie marks only the second time that two athletes have received the Honda-Broderick Cup in the same year. In 1984, the award went to both swimmer Tracy Caulkins from the University of Florida and basketball player Cheryl Miller from the University of Southern California.
Judith R. Holland, co-founder and executive director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards, noted: “(Last) year’s history-making tie for our top award is highly unusual. And while it is extremely rare for us to have a tie for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, in this case it is quite fortuitous, as we are delighted to be able to give the award to two such outstanding athletes and exemplary young women as Maya and Megan. They are both very worthy recipients and we are proud to have them join our legacy.”
Hodge was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in Durham, NC. She is an outside hitter who led her team to its third straight NCAA championship title in 2009, winning 102 straight matches. Her average of 4.67 kills per set (560 kills total) led the Big Ten and earned her an eighth place national ranking. She was chosen AVCA Division I National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. A four-time AVCA First-Team All-American, Hodge was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2009 for second time, the first as a freshman in 2006. She is one of only two players ever to reach 2000 career kills at Penn State, with 2,142 total, and she amassed a career win/loss record of 141-5 leading up to this year's National Title match. During Hodge's career, the Nittany Lions have made three-straight NCAA National Semifinal appearances and advanced to the championship match each time. Megan’s parents, Michael and Carmen, are both former members of the Virgin Islands National Volleyball team. Megan was chosen as the 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and is a business management major.