The Grambling volleyball team wears shirts that say “Volleyball match tonight” any time the team has a game. One of the players wearing those shirts, Talon Morgan, is one of the best players on the team. But without the help of her aunt, Morgan would not have been playing volleyball.
In the fifth grade, Morgan’s aunt, a high school volleyball coach, invited her niece to play with her team. After playing with the team, Morgan realized how good she was and that is how her volleyball career began.
To the average person, the game of volleyball looks easy; however that is not the case at all. According to Morgan the most difficult thing about volleyball is endurance. A volleyball match is between three and five games.
Morgan also states that in order to play the game you must have good technique, that volleyball is not just about passing, setting and hitting.
Morgan plays setter. According to her that is the position that she was trained to do. The senior from Kountze, Texas, will be missed by her coach.
“Talon is someone who is a coachable athlete, someone who I have enjoyed coaching,” said Kim Young, GSU head volleyball coach. “She is someone that has been my captain on the team and a leader on the team. I love her poise and her court appearance.”
As Morgan winds down her career at Grambling, she looks back on her accomplishments and some of the things she is still trying to complete. Although she has been named to various All-SWAC and all-tournament teams, she still has not won a SWAC title. Morgan has expressed her desire to win a title not because it is her last year but the SWAC volleyball tournament is being held at GSU.
After her volleyball career is over she wants to pursue a career as a pharmacist. She is also looking into going to graduate school, either at Texas Southern in Houston or Xavier University in New Orleans.
The volleyball team will play Southern on Friday and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday.
GSU will the be site of the SWAC volleballer tournament on Nov. 14-15.