CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Spring Valley High's Megan Morrison was on top of the world just two short years ago. As a sophomore for the Timberwolves, Morrison played a big role in the team's 2011 state championship, earning Class AAA Special Honorable Mention All-State honors along the way.
Unbeknownst to Morrison, the biggest challenge in her athletic career was on the near horizon.
At the conclusion of the 2011 prep volleyball season, Morrison switched gears and joined the travel volleyball circuit, just as she'd always done.
But on April 22, 2012, Morrison's athletic world came crashing down.
"I'd started travel ball like I always do," said Morrison following the Timberwolves' Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 championship match Thursday over Cabell Midland. "I went all through that season healthy and everything was going great until the last week of the season.
"I was practicing at the YMCA and I just went up to hit a ball. I don't know if it happened when I landed or when I was jumping, but I felt a pop in my knee. I didn't really think anything about it but then when I took a step on it, my leg was like a noodle and it just gave out."
One day later, Morrison received the bad news: She'd torn both her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in her left knee, and surgery was scheduled a few weeks later.
Morrison was distraught over the diagnosis.
"At first I really didn't know what to do," Morrison said. "It just shut me down. Volleyball had been my life for years before and, to not be able to do it, it was really devastating. I had lost what my life was about."
Morrison missed the entire 2012 prep season, but was elected by her teammates as a captain, nonetheless.