Another National Honor for Megan Hodge
We knew that Megan Hodge was the best player on the best volleyball team in the nation last season — and maybe the last three seasons, all of which ended with Penn State national championships. Hodge ’10 won’t be around next year to extend the Nittany Lions’ streak of 102 straight victories, but her daunting legacy — she was a four-time first-team All-American — will be remembered for a long time. That’s all the more true after Hodge was named co-winner of the 2010 Honda-Broderick Cup, given annually to the collegiate woman athlete of the year. Hodge shares the award with UConn junior Maya Moore, start of the Huskies basketball team that has won 78 straight games and the last two NCAA championships.
There’s some good scene in this SI.com story about Hodge and Moore – arguably the most dominant individuals on the two most dominant college teams of their generation — chatting on the bus ride to Monday’s ceremony in Los Angeles, before they knew they’d be sharing the award. Afterward, Hodge said, “It kind of threw me for a loop when he said both of our names. It was definitely like a ‘Wow’ moment and unexpected, but still very exciting. It’s a very meaningful award.”
Hodge is the first Penn State student-athlete to win the Honda-Broderick award.
Ryan Jones, senior editor