ST. LOUIS - Former Saint Louis University volleyball student-athlete Megan Boken passed away Aug. 18, 2012, in St. Louis. She was 23.
Boken played for the Billikens from 2007-10 and concluded her career ranked fourth in matches played (127), fifth in digs (1,212), 13th in points (1,143.5) and 14th in service aces (102) on SLU's all-time lists. She was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference second team and the A-10 Championship All-Tournament team as a junior in 2009, and she was All-Conference honorable mention in her senior season.
Boken played on Billiken teams that won two A-10 regular-season titles (2008, 2009), captured the 2008 A-10 Championship crown and made two NCAA Championship appearances (2008, 2009).
Boken was a 2011 graduate of SLU's John Cook School of Business, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She earned a place on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for academic excellence and was a member of SLU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
"Megan was a vibrant young woman and a wonderful representative of Saint Louis University and Billiken athletics," director of athletics Chris May said. "In addition to being a great student, she was an outstanding athlete and an important part of our championship volleyball teams.
"All the qualities we value in a Saint Louis student-athlete were reflected in Megan," May said. "She contributed as much in the classroom and in the community as she did on the court. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."
Boken, born in 1989, was originally from Wheaton, Ill., where she was an All-State volleyball player at Wheaton St. Francis High School and a member of the Spartans' 2004 and 2006 state championship teams.
Saint Louis Campus Ministry representatives and members of the University's Student Health and Counseling Services staff have met with SLU student-athletes and are available for consultation.
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF MEGAN BOKEN
"We are shocked and saddened by this terrible and tragic loss. Megan was a truly outstanding student-athlete who excelled in the classroom and on the court. She exemplified the very best of what it means to be a Saint Louis University Billiken. Our focus right now is on providing as much support as we can for our students, and our thoughts and prayers are with Megan's family and friends during this very difficult time."
Visitation and Funeral Information
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22, at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill., from 3 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place Thursday, Aug. 23, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton.