5 - Megan Blackshire
Megan Blackshire
Birth Date: 12/20/1983
Height: 6-0
Year: Senior
Hometown: Capistrano Beach, Calif.
High School: San Clemente HS
Position: Middle Blocker
Honors
2004 AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention
2004 First Team All-Big West
2003 AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention
2003 First Team All-Big West
2002 Big West co-Freshman of the Year 2004
Hitting percentage of .386 established a new single-season school record and ranked second among all Big West players, 18th nationally...Also moved into second spot on UCSB's career hitting percentage list at .349...Connected at a .400 clip or better in 16 different matches last season...Boasted double-digit kills 19 times, including a season-high 21 on Nov. 5 as the Gauchos avenged an earlier loss to Idaho...Hit .576 vs. the Vandals...Second-highest kill total of the season (19) also came against UI (Oct. 9)...After amassing 10-plus put-aways and hitting above .500 in each match of the season-opening SDSU Invitational, she earned tournament MVP acclaim...Followed that up with an all-tourney selection the next weekend as UCSB claimed the Golden Bear Invitational title...15-kill, five-block performance in a nationally-televised win over rival Long Beach State on Oct. 16...Earned a Golden Eagle Award for holding the highest team GPA and repeated as a Big West All-Academic selection...Named an Arthur Ashe, Jr., 2005 Sports Scholar by Black Issues in Higher Education. 2003
Capped breakthrough sophomore campaign with honorable mention All-West Region acclaim from the American Volleyball Coaches' Association...Also one of three Gauchos named First Team All-Big West...Ranked second in the Big West with a .364 hitting percentage, the fifth-best single-season mark in UCSB history...UCSB's top blocking artist at 0.99 stuffs per game, while kill average of 3.24 was second-best on the team...Finished the year on a tear, with double-digit put-aways in each of the final 15 matches, and 22 times overall...Career-high 22 slams while hitting .588 in five-game victory over Utah State on Oct. 10...Concluded regular season by connecting at a .800 clip with 12 kills and zero errors on 15 swings in sweep of No. 21 Arizona...That equaled the 10th-best single-match hitting percentage in school history...Paced the Gaucho attack in 10 different contests, including 18 kills four-game win at Cal Poly (Sept. 20) and come-from behind victory at Long Beach State (Oct. 18) in which she slammed home 16 balls...Hit .500 or better in nine different contests, all double-digit kill performances...At least five total blocks on nine occasions, including career-high nine stuffs (eight assisted) as Gauchos defeated Idaho on Oct. 11, a match in which she also racked up 18 kills...Member of the Big West All-Academic Team. 2002
Fourth Gaucho in the past seven years to be named Big West Freshman of the Year, sharing the award with Utah State's Zuzana Cerniaska...Commenced college career with a bang, hitting .786 - the 11th-highest single-match mark in school history - with her 11 kills and no errors on 14 attempts in the season opener vs. Florida International on Aug. 30...In tourney finale vs. San Diego State (Aug. 31) recorded her season high of 16 put-aways...Hit .385 or higher in first four matches of the season, but did not enjoy another double-digit kill performance until slamming home 11 balls in a win over Loyola Marymount (Oct. 8)...Helped UCSB clinch its undefeated Big West season with 13 put-aways while connecting at a .435 clip at Cal State Northridge (Nov. 23)...Perhaps finest all-around match came on Nov. 2 at Utah State in the form of nine kills, seven digs and eight blocks...Ranked amongst the Big West's top-10 in hitting percentage for much of the regular season. High School
A 2002 graduate of San Clemente High School, Blackshire helped the Tritons win the CIF Championship as a senior and was the South Coast League co-MVP in 2001...Also earned First Team All-County and All-CIF honors in her final prep campaign and was an honorable mention All-American...Ranked No. 32 on Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 seniors list...coached by Rob O'Rear...Two-sport star who also garnered league MVP honors in basketball in 2002...Member of the San Clemente High honor roll... Played club volleyball with Laguna Beach VBC, which captured the prestigious Davis Volleyball Festival title in 2002. Personal
Megan Alexandra Blackshire was born on Dec. 20, 1983 in Newport Beach, CA, before spending a number of years in Spokane, WA... Daughter of Marcy Marmont and Michael Blackshire... Older sister Missy lettered in volleyball at UCSB in 2000 and 2001...Also has a younger brother, Marcus (19)....Majoring in law and society with an emphasis in criminal justice...Would like to work with troubled children... Enjoys going to the beach and watching movies in her spare time.

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