When senior outside hitter Megan Fisher isn’t watching movies or having random dance parties with her teammates, she’s helping the volleyball team to victory.
The Pioneers’ early season success has been engineered from overall great play from Fisher as she was recently distinguished for her strong play. For the week of Sept. 12-19, Fisher was bestowed Malone’s Wendy’s Athlete of the Week.
The 21-year old early childhood education major was given the honor for her performance in a five-game stretch that saw her average 3.5 kills, 2.88 digs per set and a .323 attack percentage as the Pioneers took down NAIA No. 12 Biola (CA) University, NCAA Division II Tiffin University and Texas Wesleyan University.
Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Fisher’s love for volleyball has always been apparent and something that stems from her mother Kerrie Evans, administrative assistant with the communications department.
When they were young, Evans placed Megan and her brother, Joe, on all sorts of sporting teams.
“I encouraged Megan to participate in sports starting at a very young age,” Evans said. “I knew it would be great exercise, develop teamwork skills and help build her confidence.”
However, Fisher’s love for the game was not apparent from the day her mother signed her up for volleyball.
“At first I was not too keen on the deal, but now look at me,” Fisher said. “I play volleyball every chance I get and I love it!”
One of the reasons why she loves volleyball so much is the teaching she received from her high school coach Keith Whitaker at Perry.
“He taught me the slide approach, which is how to hit off of one foot from different zones on the court,” Fisher said.
Aside from volleyball Fisher enjoys watching basketball. The Cavaliers and Bulls are her two favorite teams. Off the court, she is also an outgoing person.
“I seem to say whatever is on my mind, no matter who is around,” Fisher said. “When I am around my friends I can be super goofy and weird, so when other people who do not know me very well see me like that, they just think I am super weird and crazy.”
Despite having her mother work on campus in the communications department, Fisher is not fazed. Some might think having a parent on campus would be inconvenient or you might have to see them too much, but that is hardly the case here.
Fisher’s volleyball and school schedule keeps her from spending a lot of mother-daughter time, but always having her nearby is comforting for Fisher, especially when life gets stressful.
“When I do see her I love it, because even though she is on campus I still get that feeling of missing her because I don’t get to see her that often,” Fisher said. “I love having her here because if I need to go vent or just want to talk I can easily do that.”
[pullquote]When I do see her I love it, because even though she is on campus I still get that feeling of missing her because I don’t get to see her that often,” Fisher said. “I love having her here because if I need to go vent or just want to talk I can easily do that.”[/pullquote]
As for a role model who drives and inspires Fisher, it is and can only be one person: her mother.
“She has been through so much and I just see what an awesome and strong woman she is and I look up to that,” Fisher said.
Teammates make or break great seasons in sports. If a team meshes well and supports one another that can potentially count for one or two extra wins in a season. This year, Fisher and her teammates get along extremely well.
“Unlike other teams, our team seems to be more of a family and not just teammates,” Fisher said. “They mean the world to me! We are unique in our own ways and that’s why I think we get along so well because we all bring a different aspect to things. We are all like sisters.”
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Matt Anderson is a staff writer for Aviso AVW.