Prep volleyball: Spring Valley's Morrison is back on the court
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.
"It was tough to sit out," Morrison said. "The whole time I was watching them play, I was thinking what could have I had done to help them out."
That hasn't been a problem this season. Six months and 10 days after her surgery, Morrison was back on the court again playing travel volleyball. Learning to play with her recently recovered knee was another challenge for Morrison, who was recently named as the Timberwolves' female representative for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.
"At first I had a big brace on and I didn't know how to move with it, but then I got used to it," she said. "Getting used to it was the hardest thing to do, but when I started getting used to it, everything started falling back into place."
Now with just a neoprene brace on her knee, Morrison is back to her old self in leading the Timberwolves to a 54-2-3 mark so far this season.
Morrison has a 95-percent serving percentage (499-of-526), along with 394 assists, 138 blocks, 229 digs and a 67-percent kill percentage (343-of-515).
"It's been good," Morrison said. "I had my doubts about whether I was tough enough to come back and get back to where I was prior to my injury, but now I'm back better than ever and it's good to be back. Hard work at any point will get you far."
Morrison sports a 3.92 GPA, and would like to continue her playing career at Bethany College, Concord University, Marietta College or Otterbein University.
Contact Michael Dailey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelDaileyWV.