Scholar Athlete: Calvary Christian Volleyball’s Morgan Osbourne
For Calvary Christian’s Morgan Osbourne, volleyball is more than just a hobby, it’s a challenge.
"You need to be quick on your feet all the time," Osbourne said. "You need to be ready for the ball at any moment. You have to have the mentality that no ball drops."
The senior volleyball player has been playing since the 8th grade and has since turned into a leader on a two-time state runner-up team.
"I think a lot of times today, they just choose captains based on age, but really, Morgan has been a captain since her junior year just in her leadership skills," said head coach Cassia Roper. "And that’s what I look for. I tell the girls that as soon as you step on the court, you have to earn that leadership position and Morgan’s been an easy choice every year."
An example for the younger players both on and off the court. Morgan has a 3.74 GPA and is also a part of the National Honor Society. A student athlete who’s the true example of a scholar athlete.
"I feel like I’m setting the example for all the younger kids out there that need to balance their time with school and with volleyball," she said.
Between ten hours a week spent practicing or competing, even more hours studying, and spending two hours a day traveling to and from school, this scholar athlete has worked hard for everything she has, learning a lot from balancing school and athletics.
"I always stay ahead of everything," she said. "You can’t put things off to the last minute. You have to study for tests many days before, you need to do your homework all the time."
After high school, Morgan plans to study nursing and also hopes to continue playing volleyball.
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