Close to home, Ryan leads Cavs to success

By Corey Frizzera
October 5, 2011

Junior Meg Ryan is a right side hitter for the Lady Cavaliers. — Jenay Smith / Photo Editor

Megan Ryan, a junior exercise science and health promotion major from Conshohocken, Pa., has contributed a lot of hard work and dedication on and off the court during her three-year span as a Lady Cav.

Ryan first started playing volleyball 11 years ago and in fifth grade, she realized that it was the the sport that she loved. Since she really enjoyed playing, she continued to play in junior high, high school and played well enough to take her talents to the next level in college.

As a senior in high school, Ryan had several choices of colleges in mind but she decided that Cabrini was the best fit for her, not only to play volleyball but also academically.

In the end, Ryan said that picking Cabrini was “the best choice I could have made.”  She has met a great group of friends, exceeded on and off the court and she is only 15 minutes away from her family back home.

Besides playing volleyball, Ryan enjoys watching basketball, going to the gym, hanging out with friends and shopping.  Ryan said her role model is Marilyn Monroe and also is very close with her two brothers. Of course, her teammates are some of her best friends too.

“I am very close to my teammates,” Ryan said. “I love my team.  They are like a family to me.”

Ryan is a right side hitter for the Cabrini squad and last season was a very successful season for her. Ryan helped the team to a stunning 23-8 overall record and helped bring her team to the NCAA tournament in Frostburg, Md., in 2010.

“My role on the team is hit the ball and get kills, block the ball, set the second ball when the setter passes it and communicate with my teammates,” Ryan said.

All of these things are key parts of the game.  Ryan saw a significant amount of playing time last year as she earned a CSAC Honorable Mention award and finished third on the team with 187 kills.

“I think we have a very talented team.  Things are looking up for us again this season,” Ryan said.

Even though it’s still early, this season looks to be shaping up quite like last year.  Ryan has helped the Lady Cavs to a 12-8 season record and a 4-0 record in the conference.

One of those games was a 3-1 victory over Neumann University, a game that Ryan calls “an amazing experience.”

“I would have to say that my favorite volleyball memory would have to be beating Neumann on their home court this year,” Ryan said.

With the rest of the 2011 season still left to play, Ryan wants to stay focused and help the team finish atop their conference.

“I have to stay focused and continue to help the team everyday by pushing them in practice so that we can come out on top in our conference again this year,” Ryan said. “I’m really looking forward to finishing out the season strong and hopefully heading back to the NCAA’s [Tournament].”

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