Injuries more than not end an athletic career. With CHBC's Skylar Morrison, her injury could be a springboard to a greater career. Only Sky knows the limit, as she signed last week to continue playing collegiate volleyball at Iowa Central College.
Skylar Morrison played four years for Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City volleyball. She played her last high school season with a torn ACL. She had surgery to repair it and just four months later she was back, playing club volleyball for 217 Club Volleyball.
"It was pretty bad, a 90% tear," Morrison said. "It happened in the summer playing volleyball. I played with a brace during the fall, then had the surgery."
She came back in 4 months through hard work and was able to play club and look to the future beyond high school. Rather than letting her injury end her career, her determination to come back may define her career.
Morrison gutted out the fall CHBC Bobcat season with aces, digs, and assists were above the national average. Morrison totaled 182 assists, 105 digs, 23 aces, and 26 kills, in a 2-setter offense.
"She was a team-leader," said CHBC coach Katy Noble. "She made good decisions who to set too. She took the game very seriously and she always wants to get better."
Morrison was an NTC Conference Honorable mention as a junior. She was EIC Conference 1st Team.
Morrison was the lead setter in way over half the matches in a 2-setter offense. She recorded double-digits assists in seven matches.
In a stretch of four matches in early September she averaged 8 assists per match, including 13-assist match. In a 5-match stretch later in Spetember she averaged 8 assists again, including a 12-assist match, where she recorded a double-double, adding 12 digs, a season-high.
Just prior to her season end, Morrison had a 7-match stretch where she dished 63 assists, 9 per match. She had three double-digit assist matches. It included her season-high, 14-assist match against Patoka. She added 10 digs in that match for a double-double.
Down the stretch, Morrison also picked up her kills as a setter. She recorded 15 kills in her last seven matches.
Her season-high 4 aces match against Morrisonville was followed by a 3 ace match against Ramsey.
Coach Noble thought about how Skylar will do at the next level.
"If its fast-paced she'll love it," Coach Noble said. "She's quick and she adapts well to her surroundings."
Jay Potter, one of her coaches at 217 Club Volleyball had her for two years.
"She is one of our most improved players and she works extremely hard." Potter said. "He goal is to outwork others. She rebounded from her CL quickly and she is strong."
Lori Bennet, the director of 217 Club Volleyball, former Lake Land College coach and former Windsor High School coach, thought about some of her contacts and where Morrison could play, including Iowa Central.
Morrison took a visit. They made an offer and worked out the details to get her on campus.
"They sought me out," Morrison said. "I visited, practiced with the team and it went well."
Morrison earned a partial scholarship. Iowa Central had one setter last year, a sophomore who will be moving on. There may be other incoming freshmen setters. Morrison has an opportunity to work her way into action fast.
Morrison will be listed as a utility player, Defensive Specialist, Right Side or Right Back to start with. There is a junior varisty, so either way she looks to play immediately and wants to play beyond her two years for the Iowa Central Tritons.
"I'd like to play after that," Morrison said.
Morrison said she is grateful for the support everyone has given her, her parents, her sisters, her club coach, her school coach and, of course, her physical therapist.
Morrison stats 2016: 182 assists, 105 digs, 23 aces, 26 kills