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Megan Kirkland

  • position DS/Libero
  • height 5-7
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Lugoff, S.C.
  • High school Lugoff-Elgin
  • position DS/Libero
  • height 5-7
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Lugoff, S.C.
  • High school Lugoff-Elgin

Megan Kirkland Bio

AWARDS/HONORS

2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District
2015 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2014, 2016 SEC Community Service Team
2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2016 (SENIOR)

Started at libero in 26 matches, and played in all but three of the team’s 106 sets on the year
Led the team with 349 digs, and her 3.39 digs per set average ranked ninth in the SEC
Almost doubled her career assist total, posting 84 assists to rank third on the team
Reached double-digit digs in 16 matches, with a season high of 21 coming against Georgia Southern (9/10) and Kentucky (10/2)

2015 (JUNIOR)

Earned a shot at the starting libero position early in the season and commanded the role with a career year
Played in all 31 matches, and missed just five sets all season
Led the team with 328 digs (3.01 per set) and had three 20-dig matches
Committed just 16 reception errors in 481 chances for the season (.946)
Also a key server, finishing second on the team with 21 for the season (0.19 per set) and had seven multi-ace matches
Named to Furman’s Carolina Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.92 digs per set in three matches (9/4-5)
Recorded a career-high 23 digs and two service aces vs. Winthrop (9/5)
Stepped in as libero for the second and third sets against Auburn, finishing with 14 digs and earning the role for the rest of the season (10/9)
Set a new career high with five assists and added 16 digs in a three-set sweep of Ole Miss (11/1)
Popped up 16 digs and added two key aces in the team’s five-set victory at Arkansas (11/25)

2014 (SOPHOMORE)

Played in 28 matches, including 16 starts
Averaged 1.92 digs per set, which ranked third on the team
Recorded a career-high three service aces against Jacksonville (8/30)
Had eight digs and three assists vs. Georgia Tech (8/30)
Contributed 13 digs vs. Elon (9/13)
Tallied a career-high four assists to go along with seven digs vs. Eastern Kentucky (9/19)
Finished with nine digs, three assists and a pair of service aces vs. Ole Miss (9/26)
Recorded a career-high 17 digs vs. Alabama (11/9)
Matched career high with three service aces at Arkansas (11/14)
Tallied 12 digs against LSU (11/29)

2013 (FRESHMAN)

Played in 17 matches, including two starts
Averaged 1.08 digs per set on the season
Recorded five digs in two sets played against Furman (9/7)
Played in all five sets against Winthrop (9/7), tallying a season-high 13 digs and three assists
Registered first career kill and added eight digs and two assists in win over Texas A&M (10/6)

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB

Four-year letterwinner at Lugoff-Elgin High School for head coach Jessica Mullins
Served as team captain in 2010, 2011 and 2012
Garnered All-State honors as a junior
Earned All-Region honors as a junior and senior
Received the Team MVP Award in 2011
Named team’s best defensive player in 2010 and 2012
Also lettered one year in softball for the Demons
Played for the Magnum Volleyball Club for coach Adam Speight
Helped lead Magnum to 2011 and 2013 Palmetto Region Championships, earning Palmetto Region All-Region honors both years
Was a standout in the classroom as well
Named Valedictorian of her graduating class
Was a member of the National Honors Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Beta Club and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists
Served as an officer for Fellowship of Christian Athletes

PERSONAL

Megan Annette Kirkland is the daughter of Henry Kirkland Jr. and Regina Kirkland
Has one brother, Tyler
Major influence on her decision to play for South Carolina was the level of support the student-athletes receive, with one example being the state-of-the-art Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center
Majoring in exercise science

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