#9 Megan Fesl
2009 Francis Patrick O[apos]Connor Award- 2007 BIG EAST Player of the Week (Nov. 12)
AS A SENIOR (2009): Closed out her spirited career by playing in 49 sets across 22 matches … totaled 58 kills (1.18/set), six assists, four aces, 48 digs and 18.0 blocks for 72.5 points … opened the door with six kills (.545) on 11 errorless swings with an ace in a 3-0 triumph over Denver (Aug. 28) … six kills and four digs with two blocks at Xavier (Sept. 4) … seven kills and an ace at Florida State (Sept. 20) … five kills at St. John[apos]s (Sept. 27) and WVU (Oct. 18) … season-best four blocks came during a Senior Day win over USF (Nov. 15), including two solo stuffs and a pair of block assists … had two kills and two blocks to close out the season against Ohio (Dec. 4) at the NCAA Tournament.
AS A JUNIOR (2008): Appeared in 66 sets through 24 matches … played in each of the five sets with Western Michigan (Sept. 21) en route to recording 14 digs and three blocks … also added three kills and an ace in that match while cleanly fielding 33 serves … aced Marquette (Nov. 2) three times, adding two more during a 3-0 home sweep over West Virginia (Oct. 11) … also had 13 digs, a pair of assists and two solo blocks against the Golden Eagles … notched one of her seven assists on the year against Louisville (Nov. 23) in the championship match of the BIG EAST Tournament … did not commit a receiving error through the first six matches of the season, totaling 13 errorless contests on the year … averaged 0.55 kills/set and 0.98 digs/set … one of eight Irish players that helped claim the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Challenge at Fiesta On Siesta Key team title.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2007): Logged 28 starts and saw action in 109 sets for the Irish … third on the team with 340 kills (3.12/set) … carried a .217 attack pct. while hitting over .300 in eight matches … notched 194 digs (1.78/set), good enough for fifth on the squad … third on the team with 398.5 points (3.66/set) … cleanly received opponent[apos]s serves with a .953 average … posted double-digit kills in 19 matches for the Irish, including each of the first nine to start the season … finished the campaign with 14+ kills in each of the final six contests … notched seven double-doubles on the season … recorded 20+ kills in four matches … earned a spot on the all-tournament team at Missouri[apos]s Tiger Invitational after blitzing Florida International (Sept. 1) for 20 kills with a .366 clip … named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll (Sept. 3) … scooped 19 digs against Alabama (Sept. 8) while sliding through with 20 kills … against College of Charleston (Sept. 7), had a career-high four solo blocks en route to earning all-tournament team honors at the Shamrock Invitational … had seven blocks against No. 11 California (Sept. 15) … tallied 13 kills and 17 digs in the BIG EAST opener at Pittsburgh (Sept. 22) … assisted on four scores at West Virginia (Sept. 23) … locked in with 15 kills against Villanova (Sept. 30), finishing with a .400 attack average … threw down 21 kills against No. 17 Louisville (Nov. 11), then blazed Cincinnati (Nov. 16) for 21 more one match later to begin to the BIG EAST Tournament … sliced the defense for three aces at Tennessee (Nov. 23) … named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 12, giving Notre Dame the first sweep of the weekly honors by a league team as Kellie Sciacca was tabbed the conference[apos]s top rookie … was only the second sophomore to win the award through 12 weeks of play.
AS A FRESHMAN (2006): Saw action in 83 sets and played in 31 matches … started 22 contests … totaled four double-doubles … slammed a career-best 16 kills and 18 points against Valparaiso (Sept. 1) … also totaled 10 digs against the Crusaders for her first career double-double … had 11 kills and 16 digs against No. 13 Missouri (Sept. 2) in the championship game of the Shamrock Invitational … turned in a team-best 13 kills and 11 digs versus Arizona State (Sept. 17) in the Sun Devil Classic … had 12 kills against Marquette (Oct. 6) then 11 kills and nine digs against Syracuse (Oct. 8) … recorded 10 kills on a .450 hitting pct. against St. John[apos]s (Oct. 22) … good for 10 kills on a .350 hitting pct. versus Georgetown (Nov. 3) … sixth on the team with 201 kills (2.42/set) … finished third on the squad with 26 service aces (0.31/set) … fifth on the team with 188 digs … scratched out 248 points (2.99/set) … led the team in hitting pct. in three matches.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Enjoyed highly successful prep and club careers … part of a seven-person freshmen class that Volleyball Magazine and PrepVolleyball.com ranked among the top five groups in the country … named the 14th-best high school senior by PrepVolleyball.com, and was the top-ranked player in the traditionally talent-laden state of Illinois … named first team all-state by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Champaign New Gazette in 2005 … captained the Daily Herald[apos]s all-area team in 2005 … helped her club team, perennial power Sports Performance, to AAU national championships in 2004 and 2005, earning All-America honors on the former occasion … led her 18 Open division squad to the Junior Olympics National Championships in 2006 … AAU All-American in 2006 … Junior Olympics all-tournament team selection in 2006 … tabbed to the all-tournament team in the 2004 Junior Olympics and was the only junior on the Sports Performance 18 Elite squad that won the national championship in the 18 Open division in 2005… four-year varsity starter for John Hersey (Ill.) … finished her career with the school record for career kills (1,141) while ranking 16th in Illinois history in that category … also had 763 digs and 281 blocks during her prep career … in her final prep season, posted 489 kills on .482 attack pct. to go with 67 blocks and a team-best 300 digs while being John Hersey[apos]s top serve receiver and registered 26 aces of her own … named team MVP at John Hersey in 2005 … set the John Hersey record for kills in a match with 34, the fourth-best output ever by any high school player in Illinois … also holds school record for digs in a match (25) … earned all-state accolades in 2004 from the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette and all-area honors from the Chicago Sun Times in 2005 … helped John Hersey win four consecutive regional championships and reach the quarterfinals of the Illinois state tournament in 2004 … Mid Suburban League (MSL) co-Player of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 after being all-conference as a sophomore … helped John Hersey to the MSL championship in 2005 … named Chicago Tribune/WGN Prep Athlete of the Month in September of 2005 … played first base on John Hersey[apos]s junior varsity softball team as a freshman … carried a 5.29 cumulative grade-point average on a 5.00 scale and was ranked 33rd in her graduating class of 501 students … member of the National Honor Society and a leader in the Service-Over-Self program … the latest of several Sports Performance products to play for the Irish, joining Jenny Birkner (1993-96), Denise Boylan (1997-2000), Adrianna Stasiuk (2004-07) and current teammate Megan Barnicle … NFL player and Notre Dame grad Tom Zbikowski (2007), standout golfers Steve Ratay (also a John Hersey grad) and Shannon Byrne (2004), baseball Academic All-American Jeff Perconte (2000), and Joe Jarosz (fullback on the 1988 football national championship team) are among other Arlington Heights natives to wear the gold and blue … daughter of Joanie and Rich Fesl … mother played volleyball at Iowa … full name is Megan Ann Fesl … last name is pronounced FEH-sul … sister, Annie, is a setter at Cincinnati … father sang the national anthem before Notre Dame battled Cincinnati in the Joyce Center during the 2007 regular season, and again at Fifth Third Arena during the 2008 rematch in Cincinnati … wears the same #9 jersey worn by former Notre Dame great Mary Kay Waller (1985-88) … graduated with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business … member of Notre Dame[apos]s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
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