Former Pack Setter Megan Cyr Reflects on Volleyball Career, Pro Future
Oct. 1, 2013
NC State’s former record-breaking setter Megan Cyr, an instrumental cog in the Wolfpack volleyball program’s success under head coach Bryan Bunn, recently reflected on her collegiate career and professional future.
On August 31st, she departed for Linz, Austria, to prepare for European Professional Volleyball in a two-month preseason. Cyr is looking forward to her first official pro season that begins in early November as a member of the ASKOELinz-steg team.
“After the 2012 season (at State), I signed with an agent,” Cyr noted. “I did a lot of waiting around this summer with offers, but my last offer was the best. It was not a lucrative offer, the first team All-Americans get those, but I am looking to be productive and move up (the salary scale).
“It was definitely enough money though where I can travel and do some things I want to do.”
The superb setter was one of Coach Bunn’s first recruits after taking the NC State job three years ago.
As Baylor’s Associate Head Coach, Bunn tried unsuccessfully to recruit Cyr out of high school in Selkirk, Canada. She chose to sign with the University of Colorado instead.
“But things didn’t work out at Colorado with a coaching change, etc.” Cyr remembered.
Cyr was redshirted during her freshman year. Unhappy after playing one season, she began looking to transfer. In the meantime, Bunn took the State head-coaching job and attempted to recruit her a second time.
“On his visit he told me how the program had been and asked if I was up for the challenge with hard work to help the team move up in the ACC and NCAA. I think he realized how much I had improved.
“It was nice to be on a team that wanted me and believed in me.”
The Pack won 34 games in Bunn’s first two seasons and collected a dozen ACC triumphs.
Then last season, Cyr, serving as team captain (along with Alexa Micek), pointed out a great start was the catalyst that propelled the Pack to a 22-10 overall record and a 12-8 mark in conference play.
“We were always close to beating UNC and Duke. Last season we beat UNC, Duke and Wake Forest at home. That hadn’t happened in some time.”
Cyr’s biggest moment in Raleigh came on Selection Sunday.
“From the time I started playing in Canada, I aspired to someday play in the NCAA tournament. The selection was pivotal. I was the first one to jump up out of my seat. It was fantastic – crying, hugging and shaking.”
The Canadian-born athlete left her mark at State. In three seasons she played every point in 96 matches and 357 sets. That allowed her to finish her career with 3,660 assists – third in Pack history.
Cyr was a consistent performer – 1,133 assists as a sophomore, 1,293 as a junior and 1,234 as a senior. She also had a three-year attacking percentage of .358 – second in Wolfpack history. In addition, she had 110 kills, 86 blocks, 284 digs and 19 service aces.
Earning All-ACC honors in 2012, Cyr was also an honorable mention AVCA All-America selection.
The Pack volleyball whiz was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the West Ashley Invitational and the Courtyard Midtown Classic during her senior campaign.
Cyr began playing volleyball as a school recess activity in the fifth grade.
As team captain at Lord Selkirk High School during her junior and senior seasons, Cyr improved her play to become the 2007 Volleyball Player of the Year in Manitoba, Canada. She earned three varsity letters in volleyball and two in basketball.
Until a substantial growth spurt occurred in her early teens, Cyr thought she would pursue figure skating.
She graduated in May of 2013 with a B.A. degree in interpersonal communication with a minor in journalism. Cyr also has a brother, Aaron, playing collegiate volleyball at the University of Calgary.
By George Cox, GoPack.com