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Off court leader
Kirklands service to others in need not overlooked by SEC
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MEGAN KIRKLAND WAS HONORED by the SEC for her play on the volleyball court and her work off it. - photo by Photo courtesy USC SID

University of South Carolina sophomore defensive specialist and former Lugoff-Elgin standout Megan Kirkland has been named to the 12-player 2014 SEC Volleyball Community Service Team, which the conference announced last Wednesday.

Kirkland has been a leader in community outreach during her two years with the Gamecocks. During this season, she worked the Carolina fan appreciation day and the Gamecock women in sports day, visiting with fans and signing autographs. She made several visits to Christopher Towers to play bingo with senior citizens.

A member of the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll, Kirkland has been a frequent visitor to the Ronald McDonald House, where she has cleaned the family room, baked cookies and goods for the residents and transported Halloween decorations. She has also served breakfast at Transitions homeless recovery center and painted walls, hung shutters and nailed down flooring for Habitat for Humanity.

The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports and this is the 11th annual women's volleyball Community Service Team. The Community Service Team looks to highlight a student-athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.

The 5-foot-7 Kirkland started in 16 of USC’s 28 matches this season and has played in 105 sets and dished out 95 assists while finding the mark on better than 94 percent of her serves. She also made good on better than 94 percent of her serve-receives while adding nearly two digs per set.

A 2013 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School where she played volleyball for head coaches Jessica Mullins and Susan Morris, Kirkland was the Lady Demons’ team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior. A four-year letterwinner, she was a 2011 4A All-State selection and earned all-conference laurels in her final two campaigns. L-E’s most valuable player in 2011, Kirkland was selected as the team’s top defensive player in 2010 and 2012.

Away from the volleyball court, Kirkland was L-E High School’s 2013 Valedictorian as well as being a member of the school’s National Honors Society, the National Society of High School Scholars, the Beta Club and an officer with L-E’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.