Welcome Wednesdays: Megan McBride
Aug. 19, 2009
The Oregon State volleyball program, under the leadership of fifth-year head coach Taras Liskevych, welcomes six freshmen to the 2009 squad. Megan McBride, a 6-1 setter from Auburn, Wash., was the last to sit down to answer questions in a six-part series “Welcome Wednesdays,” where a new member will be featured on www.osubeavers.com. McBride was part of a special group of players that led its brand new high school to the state championships three years of the first four that it was open.
You helped your high school to three state appearances and received numerous MVP accolades. Talk about your high school successes.
I owe all my high school achievements to my coach Momi Bowles and my team. The reason we made it to state three out of the four years our school has been open is because of the endless time and energy that everyone put into making our program the best it could be. That was the most inspirational and energetic team I have been on, and that just gave me the drive to lead the team as best as I could to reach our goals.
What are your personal goals this season?
I would like to grow as a player and a person and become skilled in every aspect of the game, not just my own position. By the end of the season, I would like to feel more comfortable in knowing my role and value on the team. Getting some playing time also wouldn't be so bad!
What do you look forward to the most this year?
I really look forward to getting to know each and every girl on this team, both as a fellow teammate and as a person. Being a part of this program is really a blessing, and I am so excited to experience everything that OSU has to offer!
You’re not the first Oregon State student-athlete in your family. Your dad played football for the Beavers. Did he influence your decision?
My dad having already played for the Beavs obviously gave me a great insight to what the school is all about, but it honestly didn't really affect my decision because they are completely separate teams and things have changed a lot. But all in all, it's definitely a bonus to be going to my dad's alma mater because I know that I'm making him proud.
Why Oregon State?
The environment, the family-feeling you get from the girls on the team and the coaching staff that really seems to care about the girls. In short, it just felt like home.
Do you prefer setting or hitting more?
Although I love the thrill of getting a kill and ending a play after a long rally, I have always loved the setting role and every responsibility that comes with it. It's like being the quarterback of the team, and I love being part of every play and running the court.
What got you interested in psychology? And even more specifically special education?
I have always had an interest in learning about the way that people think and feel and what triggers certain emotions. I also knew I had to get into something to learn about the human mind when I realized that I wanted to work with people that have special needs. I've had a couple opportunities in the past through school that allowed me to work in the special education classes, and I immediately fell in love with it. My ultimate dream is to volunteer for the Special Olympics and really get involved.
10 Fun Facts about Megan McBride
· My nicknames are Megs, Megsy and McB.
· My favorite song is You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift.
· Over the summer, I was the maid of honor at my sister’s wedding.
· My biggest superstition is I have to feel the height of the net before every match, and I can’t wear sparkly headbands.
· My favorite Oregon State athlete is Rachel Rourke.
· I can’t live without Mentha Lip Gloss from Bath & Body Works.
· My most embarrassing moment was in high school when we had a home match, as well as it being “Elementary Night.” I went to pass the ball, and my shoe slipped off, but I kept going and my sock was so sweaty that when I tried to run, I slipped and fell right in front of the ball. The entire crowd chanted my name while I put my shoe back on.
· If I wasn’t playing volleyball, I’d be playing tennis.
· The first CD I ever owned was Genuine by Stacie Orrico.
· If I could be on any reality TV show, it would be So You Think You Can Dance.
See McBride and the rest of the team in legendary Gill Coliseum this season by purchasing season tickets, NOW AVAILABLE. For more information, contact the Oregon State Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBEAVS or visit www.osubeavers.com.
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