Update: Brown Gives PSU a Honda Volleyball Award Three-Peat

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Penn State’s 2010 Women’s Volleyball season was capped by a so-called “Four-Peat” — a fourth consecutive NCAA Championship.  Today it was announced that former (that will take some getting used to) Penn State star 6-5 Opp. Blair Brown has given Penn State a “Three-Peat” for the Honda Sports Award for Women’s Volleyball, by winning the 2010-11 Award for Volleyball, following Megan Hodge (2009) and  Nicole Fawcett (2008).  Former Penn State star Lauren Cacciamani won the award in 1999. 

    Blair Brown – 2010-2011 – Volleyball

Brown had this to say about receiving the award:

Winning the Honda Sports Award is such an honor,” said Brown. “But for me it is not an individual honor. My teammates, coaches, the Penn State family and university all play a huge part in me winning this award. I am so appreciative to be in the company of such talented athletes and those who came before us. It is even more special for me to be the fourth Penn Stater to represent my school in this award, as it is a tribute to the entire program and those who support it.

The Honda Award winner is determined by a vote of 1,000 NCAA member schools, with the winner moving on as a nominee for the  Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded each year to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.  The other finalists for this year’s Volleyball award were Texas’ Juliann Faucette (Sr. All-America outside hitter, who led Texas to a 27-5 record and its third straight NCAA Semifinal appearance), USC’s Alex Jupiter (a two-time AVCA All-American who helped USC to a 2010 Final Four appearance and a 29-5 season record), and California’s Carli Lloyd (the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Year and a three-time AVCA All-American).    

Brown, a member of the 2010  NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, was a three-time AVCA All-American, three-time All-Big Ten, and the sixth consecutive Penn State player to be named Big Ten Player of the Year (following Megan Hodge (2009, 2006), Nicole Fawcett (2008), Christa Harmotto (2007), and Sam Tortorello (2005)).  For the 2010 season, Brown led the Nittany Lions with 521 kills, averaged 4.24 kills/set (second in the Big Ten and 21st in NCAA Division 1), and finished with a .320 attack %.  She was second on the team in both digs (281; 2.28 digs/set) and blocks (113 total blocks; 0.92 blocks/set).  She registered 1,295 career kills.   

Blair Brown is the 10th Penn State player to be named a finalist for the Honda Award for Volleyball.  The previous finalists are: Lori Barberich (1984), Bonnie Bremner (1997, 1998), Terri Zemaitis (1997), Lauren Cacciamani (1998, 1999), Sam Tortorello (2004, 2005), Christa Harmotto (2007, 2008), Megan Hodge (2007, 2009), Nicole Fawcett (2008) and Alisha Glass (2009).    

    Megan Hodge – 2009-2010 – Co-Winner – Honda-Broderick Cup (Collegiate Women’s Athlete of the Year)


In 2010, Megan Hodge won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in volleyball, and went on to be named the co-winner (with Connecticut basketball star Maya Moore) of the 2009-2010 Honda-Broderick Cup, awarded annually to the Collegiate Women’s Athlete of the Year. 

Here’s a video from Honda on the Honda-Broderick Cup award:

Megan Hodge won the 2010 Volleyball award over three other finalists — teammate Alisha Glass, California’s Hana Cutura and Texas’s Destinee Hooker.  

For a link to Honda’s press release for the 2009-2010 Volleyball Award, including a nice video tribute to Hodge, Click Here.   

Here’s a  list of the past-winners of the Honda-Broderick Cup Award:

Megan Hodge   2009-10   Penn State University, Volleyball
Maya Moore   2009-10   University of Connecticut, Basketball
Courtney Kupets   2008-09   University of Georgia, Gymnastics
Candace Parker   2007-08   University of Tennessee, Basketball
Sarah Pavan   2006-07   University of Nebraska, Volleyball
Christine Sinclair   2005-06   The University of Portland, Soccer
Ogonna Nnamani   2004-05   Stanford University, Volleyball
Tara Kirk   2003-04   Stanford University, Swimming & Diving
Natasha Watley   2002-03   University of California, Los Angeles, Softball
Angela Williams   2001-02   University of Southern California, Track & Field
Jackie Stiles   2000-01   Southwest Missouri State, Basketball
Cristina Teuscher   1999-00   Columbia University, Swimming & Diving
Misty May   1998-99   Long Beach State University, Volleyball
Chamique Holdsclaw   1997-98   University of Tennessee, Basketball
Cindy Daws   1996-97   University of Notre Dame, Soccer
Jennifer Rizzotti   1995-96   University of Connecticut, Basketball
Rebecca Lobo   1994-95   University of Connecticut, Basketball
Mia Hamm   1993-94   University of North Carolina, Soccer
Lisa Fernandez   1992-93   University of California, Los Angeles, Softball
Missy Marlowe   1991-92   University of Utah, Gymnastics
Dawn Staley   1990-91   University of Virginia, Basketball
Suzy Favor   1989-90   University of Wisconsin, Track & Field
Vicki Huber   1988-89   Villanova University, Track & Field
Teresa Weatherspoon   1987-88   Louisiana Tech University, Basketball
Mary T. Meagher   1986-87   University of California, Berkeley, Swimming & Diving
Kamie Ethridge   1985-86   University of Texas, Basketball
Jackie Joyner   1984-85   University of California, Los Angeles, Track & Field
Tracy Caulkins   1983-84   University of Florida, Swimming & Diving
Cheryl Miller   1983-84   University of Southern California, Basketball
Deitre Collins   1982-83   University of Hawaii, Volleyball
Tracy Caulkins   1981-82   University of Florida, Swimming & Diving
Jill Sterkel   1980-81   University of Texas, Swimming & Diving
Julie Shea   1979-80   North Carolina State University, Track & Field
Nancy Lieberman   1978-79   Old Dominion University, Basketball
Ann Meyers   1977-78   University of California, Los Angeles, Basketball
Lucy Harris   1976-77   Delta State University, Basketball

    Nicole Fawcett – 2008-2009 – Volleyball

Nicole Fawcett, the 6-4 All-American OH who helped lead Penn State to NCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championships in 2007 and 2008, won the 2008-2009 Honda Award for volleyball.  The three other finalists were teammate Christa Harmotto, Stanford’s Foluke Akinradewo and Texas’s Destinee Hooker.    

For a link to Honda’s press release, which includes a nice video tribute to Nicole, Click Here.