Maryland’s Katie Myers has had an unfortunate start to her collegiate career, spending the majority of her first two seasons on the sidelines with season-ending injuries. The team’s head coach, Adam Hughes, has announced that the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference have granted the redshirt sophomore middle blocker a sixth year of eligibility, following the approval of the medical hardship waiver submitted by Maryland.
Two years in a row Myers fell early in the season with an injury – most recently with a season-ending knee injury (meniscus tear). The injury occurred in the Terrapins upset over then-#18 ranked USC. She left the match but returned to the court later. By the team’ next match, Myers was on the sidelines, out for the remainder of the season.
Up until the tear, Myers was the Terrapins leading blocker, starting in 10 matches, posting 58 kills on a .325 hitting clip, an impressive 43 blocks and 20 digs.
“I am extremely grateful to be granted this opportunity,” said Myers. “This program and University has had a huge impact on my life but it has only scratched the surface. I trust this team and staff wholeheartedly to take Maryland Volleyball to the next level. I can’t wait to see what the next four years have in store.”
Last season, the Terrapins went 18-14 overall and 7-13 in Big Ten play after starting the year with an 11-0 mark, losing to then-#7 ranked Washington in their final preseason match. Maryland was one of the four teams that were chosen as the “Last Four Out” of the NCAA Tournament – making it one of their closest opportunities to make the big dance in program history.
This season, the team is under new leadership as Steve Aird left the program to take over Big Ten foe, Indiana. Hughes, a three-year associate head coach to the program was promoted following the loss of Aird. The team will look to rebuild their program this season after they lost a number of star players due to Aird’s departure – Gia Milana to Baylor, Kelsey Wicinski to Florida State, Samantha Dreschel to Washington and Lexi Alden to Loyola Chicago.