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Morgan leading by example

Through 20 games this season, junior outside hitter Kara Morgan has played a large role as both a statistical and emotional leader for the Lady Rebels.
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When junior outside hitter Kara Morgan sat out the loss to Alabama last month with an ankle injury, it was apparent that the success of the Lady Rebels volleyball team depended on Morgan’s successes on the court. 
Since arriving at Ole Miss, Morgan has been an important asset to the team. Besides sitting out the Alabama game, the Pickens, S.C., native has played in every match as a Lady Rebel, including all 109 sets last season and 70 of the 74 sets this season. 
“Kara has really developed into our go-to player,” head coach Joe Getzin said. “She’s now leading the team in kills and hitting percentage, and she’s been a starter for three years here.”
She started playing volleyball in 7th grade, and according to Morgan, there was no question about where she wanted to play in college. 
“My club coach really helped me in the recruiting process,” Morgan said. “He knew (Getzin) from South Carolina, so he got me connected. There was no other question. I came here, I loved everything about it, I loved the girls and it was just a perfect fit for me.”
Last season, Morgan was second on the team with 266 kills, averaging 2.44 per set. Even though she had a significant role on offense, she has stepped up her game this season, currently leading the team in kills with 228, averaging 3.26 per set. 
To go along with her team lead in kills, she also leads the team in serve aces with 20, and she is in the top four on the team with 142 digs.
Morgan also has 220 more total attacks than senior outside hitter Allegra Wells, who is second on the team in that category, and Getzin said that shows their team is not moving and passing the ball well on offense. 
Getzin is pleased with Morgan’s production in matches though and values her leadership role on and off the court. 
“Kara is one of our captains,” Getzin said. “I think on the court it’s more by example, and off the court she makes sure that everyone has their ducks in a row.”
Being a co-captain on the team, Morgan is a natural leader and the player teammates look to during the games, but it takes more than a co-captain title to be a leader.
“I think my role as a leader is really to just have a big voice and a lot of enthusiasm,” Morgan said. “Constantly talking on the court and picking people up when they’re down and just having fun with it.”
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