By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(August 20, 2013) –Stone Bridge High School senior Megan Bryn has committed to the United States Military Academy at West Point where she will play Libero and serve as a defensive specialist for the Black Knights in the 2014-2015 school year.
“The coaches were impressed with my level of play, athleticism, and speed on defense as a Libero, but they were especially excited about the person I am beyond just volleyball,” said the 5-foot-9 committed cadet. “They expect me to be a role model for my fellow teammates and other student-athletes with the high standards I hold myself to and how hard I work on and off the court.”
“My goals for college are to [become] more service-oriented, gain a better global awareness and understanding, appreciate learning and critical thinking, be challenged intellectually, and be pushed outside of my comfort zone,” Bryn said. “I am excited to connect with other achievers, doers, thinkers, and believers who, like myself, will become influential leaders in the U.S. Army.”
In 2012, Army finished 20-9, including an 11-3 record in the Patriot League. In the semifinal of the conference tournament, the Black Knights dropped the match 1-3 to American University.
Bryn will add to a defense which racked up nearly 2000 digs in 29 games in 2012, as she adjusts to the military academy.
“Each of the core values and honor code West Point and the Army fosters align with who I am at the core and the type of person I strive to be every day which is why it’s such a good fit.”
In 2012, the Bulldogs finished the regular season 21-1 falling to Langley 2-3 in their final contest of the regular season. Stone Bridge flourished in the postseason winning the Northern Region championship before dropping their final match 2-3 in the Virginia State semifinal to Atlee.
Bryn believes that the Bulldogs will once again compete at a high level.
“We expect to be very well-rounded. Many of our hitters are versatile and can play multiple front row positions successfully and are also solid playing in the back row,” said Bryn who plays her club volleyball with Virginia Elite. “Our defense and passing will also be really strong this year.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University.