Beason, Merritt -kc-0055

Honors & Awards
• AVCA All-America First Team (2023)
• AVCA Region Player of the Year (2023)
• AVCA All-Region Team (2022, 2023)
• All-Big Ten First Team (2023)
• All-SEC Team (2022)
• SEC All-Freshman Team (2021)
• AVCA National Player of the Week (Oct. 24, 2023)
• Big Ten Player of the Week (Sept. 18, 2023; Oct. 2, 2023; Oct. 23, 2023; Nov. 6, 2023)
• SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Aug. 29, 2022; Nov. 14, 2022)
• SEC Freshman of the Week (Oct. 4, 2021; Nov. 8, 2021)
• Lincoln Regional Most Valuable Player (2023)
• CSC Academic All-District (2024)
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (Beach-2024)
• Academic All-Big Ten (Beach-2024)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2021)
• Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2023, 2024)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2023; Spring 2023, 2024)

2023 (Junior)
• Earned AVCA All-America First Team honors and was selected as the AVCA North Region Player of the Year, becoming the second Husker (Kelly Hunter) to earn that distinction 
• Named to the AVCA All-Region Team and All-Big Ten First Team unanimously in her first year at Nebraska
• Averaged 3.76 kills per set on .282 hitting with 2.05 digs per set 
• Totaled 455 kills, 248 digs, 106 blocks and 33 service aces
• Had 20 or more kills five times and averaged a .342 hitting percentage in those five performances 
• Tallied five double-doubles on the season
• Was the Big Ten Player of the Week on Sept. 18 after recording 4.00 kills per set on .354 hitting in wins at Stanford and against Kentucky 
• Selected Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 2 after averaging 4.56 kills per set on .384 hitting in wins at Indiana and Purdue
• Was named Big Ten Player of the Week and AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 23 after averaging 4.25 kills per set and 1.75 digs per set in wins against Northwestern and top-ranked Wisconsin
• Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 6 for the fourth time of the season after a career-high 27 kills on .426 hitting in a 3-2 reverse sweep at Penn State, along with 21 kills on .475 hitting in a sweep at Rutgers
• Tabbed MVP of the NCAA Lincoln Regional after 19 kills, 11 digs and a career-high eight blocks in a regional final win over Arkansas 

2022 (Sophomore at Florida)
• Was an All-SEC and AVCA All-Region selection as a sophomore at Florida in 2022 before transferring to Nebraska
• In her sophomore season at Florida in 2022, helped the Gators win a share of the SEC Championship by averaging 3.35 kills per set with a .261 hitting percentage
• Ranked first on the team in points (435) and service aces (38), second on the team in kills (348) and third on the team in digs (200) and blocks (92)
• Had double-digit kills in 21 of 28 matches played and had a season-best 21 kills with eight digs, three aces and a pair of blocks in a five-set win at Wisconsin
• Led the Gators with 38 service aces on the season – ranking third in the SEC - and contributed 1.92 digs per set and 0.88 blocks per set
• Led the Gators in kills and aces per set and was second in digs and third in blocks
• Received All-America honorable mention by following the season after captaining the Gators to an NCAA regional semifinal appearance
• Was named the MVP of the 2022 Pan American Cup as the U.S. Women’s U21 National Team won gold in June of 2022 in La Paz, Mexico
• Playing alongside Huskers Lexi Rodriguez and Rebekah Allick, had a team-high 14 kills and three blocks in the 3-1 championship win against Argentina

2021 (Freshman at Florida)
• Finished her freshman season at Florida with 2.24 kills per set, 1.78 digs per set, 0.89 blocks per set and 15 service aces and was twice named SEC Freshman of the Week
• Ranked second on the team in blocks, third on the team in kills and points, fifth in digs, and sixth in assists and service aces
• Recorded her first career double-double at Arkansas on Nov. 13, posting 10 kills and a career-high 17 digs
• Posted 16 kills and 17 points against Minnesota on Sept. 5 – both season bests

High School/Club
• A native of Gardendale, Ala., was a first-team all-state selection in Alabama in 2020 for Gardendale High School
• Named a 2020 AVCA Under Armour Third-Team All-American and was a two-time AAU Academic All-American in high school, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class with an advanced diploma
• Selected to the 2020 Alabama North/South All-Star Game
• Was a two-time Area Tournament MVP and three-time County All-Tournament Team selection
• Was a 2019 Super All-State Team and All-Regional Team member
• Named to the 2020 AVCA All-America Watch List and was a 2020 AVCA Under Armour All-America Third Team selection
• Was a two-time JVA All-National Team member and three-time AAU Nationals All-Star
• Was a Top 100 prospect in the 2020 class
• Played club volleyball for Alabama Performance

• Born April 16, 2003
• Parents are Scott and Lori
• Graduated in May 2024 with a bachelor’s degree in child, youth, and family studies

Beach Volleyball
2024: Finished 15-5 overall including an 8-5 mark with Skyler Pierce and 6-0 record with Harper Murray
2023: Went 12-8 with partner Harper Murray in her first year of beach volleyball at Nebraska