JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 4, 2014) – Each month, the ETSU strength and conditioning staff will honor a student-student with the “Tough Buc” award. Senior middle blocker Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) received the inaugural honor on Thursday.
The award is given by the strength and conditioning staff (with coordination through the sport coaching staff) to an ETSU athlete who embodies leadership by example, toughness, rugged dedication, laser focus and demonstrates themselves to be a good teammate. This is not an award that highlights performance accolades, per se, but an award that recognizes an athlete’s commitment to long-term preparation for success in their sport.
The recipient of the award will have their picture posted in the weight room to serve as motivation to others to train hard and support the hard-working culture of the ETSU athletics program.
"Over the course of her four years, Meredith has proven to be a leader on and off the volleyball court,” said Chris Sole, strength and conditioning coach/sport scientist for ETSU volleyball. “Nowhere is this truer than in the weight room. Meredith approaches each and every training session with the same intensity and effort. Whether it’s the hardest training session of the year, or a light recovery day, Meredith’s effort and attention to detail are consistently high. Along with her work ethic, another redeeming quality is Meredith’s willingness to receive feedback from coaches and staff. Because of her great work ethic and lack of complacency, Meredith has reaped the benefits of four years of training, and consistently improved her measures of strength and explosiveness each year. However, these positive effects are not limited to her, as Meredith’s presence in the weight room serves an inspiration to her teammates as well. She’s truly a leader by example."
On the court, Hardy finished her illustrious playing career as ETSU’s career leader in blocks (621) and block assists (534), while also totaling 1,335 kills and a .306 (1335-431-2995) attack percentage. Hardy, one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS award, is a three-time first team all-conference selection and was named 2013 A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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