LOUISVILLE -- Louisville native-turned-pride of Penn State, Deja McClendon, has already warmed up to being back in her hometown.
The former All-American, who was crowned Most Valuable Player of the 2010 national championship tournament, today found her way to more 400,000 people.
The outside hitter graced the cover of today’s Louisville Courier Journal sports page and will take center stage of the city’s KFC Yum! Center in a matter of hours when she and the No. 1 Nittany Lions face No. 5 Oregon.
Although the night’s first match between Michigan and Texas is barely even underway, there is already a large banner hanging from a pressbox which reads, “Welcome Home DEJA.”
During media day on Wednesday, McClendon said she expected such a turnout from her hometown friends and family.
“I hope it’s a humongous [crowd],” McClendon said. “I have a lot of friends that go to U of L, so hopefully they will be here for our support. Our boosters are amazing and have a bunch of them coming, as well."