July 27, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University rising senior middle blocker Meghan Simons has returned from the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia, after leading the USA Development Team to the Brijuni Division championship with a perfect 7-0 record for the tournament.
The Americans swept through its first six best-of-three matches to tie the U.S. Junior National A2 team for the Brijuni Division lead after the tournament's first two days and earn a bye into the semifinals based on aggregate score. Simons' team defeated Falconara in straight sets in the semis before sweeping Nova KBM Maribor in the final match to claim the title and finish the tournament without dropping a set.
Simons (Lancaster, Ohio) was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference and an Academic All-MAC selection in 2008 after hitting a team-high .323 and leading the Bobcats with an average of 0.98 blocks per set. Her hitting percentage ranked as the eighth-best single-season mark in program history.
Simons will enter her senior season at Ohio ranked eighth on the program's rally scoring charts for career block solos (38), block assists (164) and total blocks (202). She needs 98 total rejections in 2009 to become just the 10th player in program history to reach the 300-career block plateau.