Wednesday, 7 June 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Renner Medically Retires from Volleyball

Renner Medically Retires from Volleyball

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue volleyball head coach Dave Shondell has announced that setter Megan Renner will medically retire after suffering her second ACL tear.

“Receiving the news regarding Meg’s injury from our team doctor was a punch to the collective gut of our program,” Shondell said. “Meg is an amazing student-athlete who has worked diligently to develop her skills. In practice leading up to our Kentucky match, I told Meg that she was setting the ball as well as any setter we’ve had at Purdue. She was playing so well. It seemed like this was her time. She will handle this as well as anyone because that is who she is. Our team will adjust, and a different setter will emerge, but this is one of our program’s saddest moments since I have been at Purdue.”

Renner, a redshirt senior was set to have a breakout season guiding the Boilermakers in the upcoming 2023 campaign. After starting 19 matches last season, including 9 of the last 12, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa native set career-bests in virtually every statistical category, including 54 assists vs. Utah and five kills at Michigan. Renner retires from collegiate athletics with three double-doubles, 749 career assists and 55 kills. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

“My athletic career at Purdue has been anything but linear, at times filled with more downs than ups, as injury has been something I can’t seem to escape,” Renner said. “Due to the timing of this injury, I would not be back in time for season. After lots of conversations and prayer, I have decided it is best that I medically retire. I will have reconstruction surgery next week to get myself back on the upward mend. I cannot put into words how difficult this has been on me and what I am brokenheartedly saying goodbye to. Every athlete’s time has an expiration date, I just wasn’t expecting mine to come so soon. I am beyond proud of my time at Purdue and the relationships that I have made. I am thankful for my teammates and coaches who have pushed me to be the player I had become up until that last moment. I am ever blessed with the help and guidance of our athletic trainer Stephanie Medina, who has been there for me since the first ACL tear in 2020 and all the nagging injuries since. My time at Purdue as a player may be finished, but I am…

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