Hodge and Yeisley Finish Careers as Athletes of the Year

Two very different athletic careers have concluded in a very similar fashion. After dominating their sports for four straight years, Penn State volleyball player Megan Hodge and soccer star Jason Yeisley have been crowned as the 2010 Penn State Athletes of the year.

Hodge finishes her career as one of the best volleyball players in the nation and one of the best female athletes Happy Valley has ever seen. After accumulating a career record of 142-5, Hodge has been honored with a plethora of awards, including Big Ten player of the year during her freshman and senior year. However, her three-straight national championships stand alone as her best accomplishment and solidifies her place in Penn State lore.

Yeisley’s career might not have been as well documented as Hodge’s, but he had his way with Big Ten athletes just the same. The list of awards Yeisley has accumulated during his college career is mind-blowing, but being selected Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year tops them all. He led the Nittany Lion soccer team to an undefeated home schedule and a runner-up finish in the Big Ten standings. All of this was accomplished after missing his junior season due to a serious knee injury, but Yeisley overcame that set-back and is now on the MLS roster of FC Dallas.

Both Hodge and Yeisley can tally off another accomplishment after earning this distinguished title. Yeisley will look to earn a starring role in Dallas while being the first Penn State soccer player to be drafted by the MLS.  Hodge is already competing at the next level on the Team USA volleyball team. She led the team in points per set during USA’s tour in China for their silver medal-performance in the Montreux Volley Masters this month.

The sky is the limit for these two athletes, and it will be more than exciting to follow Hodge and Yeisley as they continue to prosper in their respective sports.

About the Author

Tim Owen

I am originally from a very small town in northeastern Pennsyltucky, called Athens. Currently, I am enrolled in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and major in print journalism. I have a passion for sports, and more specifically football. I enjoy hunting, cooking, food, and everything Penn State!

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