Spring Valley's Morrison will play in college
SPRING VALLEY -- The volleyball career for Spring Valley High School's Megan Morrison reached another level Friday.
Morrison's started the climb while in the fourth and fifth grade at Kellogg Elementary when she served as a ball girl at Spring Valley High School matches. She played for Ceredo-Kenova and Vinson in middle school, then junior varsity and varsity at Spring Valley under coach Joy Bailey. She's also played for the River Cities Volleyball Club.
The success Morrison experienced with the Lady Timberwolves and club volleyball, combined with a remarkable return from a devastating knee injury after her sophomore year, paid off Friday when she signed a scholarship to continue her career at Ohio Christian University.
Bailey, Morrison's parents, teammates, students and Ohio Christian assistant Ally Hall watched Morrison sign the letter during a ceremony in the school auditorium.
"I had my doubts if I'd come back or not," Morrison said. "I came back stronger than ever. I fully achieved my goal. I get to play at the collegiate level."
Ohio Christian is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association. The Trailblazers reached the NCCAA Mideast Regional where they lost to Kentucky Christian. They finished 27-12 but did not get an at-large bid to the national tournament. Head coach Dave Hopewell left shortly after the season. Ryan Wheatley was named head coach in February.
As a sophomore, Morrison and the Lady Timberwolves won the West Virginia Class AAA championship. During travel ball, Morrison suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee and missed her junior season, but still got voted captain by her teammates. After being sidelined for 61/2 months, Morrison returned to play for River Cities and her senior year for Spring Valley. The Lady Timberwolves won another regional title, but lost to Greenbrier East in the semifinal round in the State Tournament in Charleston
Morrison made Class AAA All-State first team, All-Mountain State Athletic Conference, played in the North-South All-Star Game and was nominated for Gatorade player of the year for West Virginia. Whatever tournament the Lady Timberwolves played in, Morrison almost always made the all-tournament team.
"She's come a long way," Bailey said of a player who filled the roles of the 5-foot-9 setter, middle blocker and setter again. "She's a coach on the floor and I appreciate that."
Taylor Strickland, who played for Spring Valley and then at Marshall and now is an assistant coach for the Thundering Herd, isn't surprised by Morrison's success once she gave up cheerleading for volleyball.
"I've watched her grow as a player," said Strickland, who's also been a coach for River Cities Volleyball Club. "She didn't let the injury bring her down. She's so determined. Now it's college life. Go have fun."
Hall watched Morrison in action in club volleyball and liked what she saw.
"I fell in love with her," Hall said. "She has what we look for in our program. Welcome to our family."
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