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Springer leads Rebels early in season

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Senior Morgan Springer has provided consistent play for the Ole Miss Rebel volleyball team throughout her career. 

The libero has become what one could call the “dig master,” after recording her thousandth career dig last season. For the past two seasons, Stringer has started every match at the libero position. 

The libero in volleyball is a defensive specialist position that wears a different-colored jersey from her teammates, remains in the game at all times and is not limited by substitution rules that other players are.

Springer has been involved in volleyball since she was 11-years-old. She has played 10 years of volleyball, including eight years of travel volleyball before college. Her experience has proved to be an advantage during her Rebel career as she can frequently be seen rallying her teammates.

“Last season, it started to become less about me and more about my teammates,” Springer said. “It was about helping people around me, and I feel it’s one of the biggest things I’ve accomplished here. I remember my transition to leader.”

Last season Springer set a career high with 37 digs in a five-set victory over Southern Miss in last year’s Magnolia Invitational and also posted 26 double-digit dig matches; however, it is the home match against LSU that Springer remembers as one of her favorite Ole Miss volleyball memories.

“We beat LSU at home,” Springer said. “They were ranked 12th in the nation at the time. We played so well as a team and worked together really well.”

Springer does not plan to have her career end after her senior year as a Rebel.

“I am planning to try to play overseas,” she said. “It is tough for my position, libero, but I’m going to give it a shot for a few years before I go to grad school.”

Springer, along with her teammates, said she has high expectations for this season. Going into her final campaign as a Rebel, Springer is looking to be not only one of the best players on the floor, but also one of the team’s leaders. 

The Rebels had a tough first weekend at the Burnt Orange Classic, dropping two of their three matches, despite a good performance from Springer, who was named Libero of the Tournament.

“We have seen a very good, solid performance from our libero, our defensive player on the back row, Morgan Springer,” head coach Joe Getzin said.

Springer continued her solid play in the Crowne Plaza Classic at the University of Louisville. In the Rebels’ first match against Louisville, Springer was credited with 17 digs to lead the back-row defense in a four-set loss to the Cardinals. 

In the second match of the tournament against Eastern Illinois, Springer had a match-high 19 digs in the Rebels’ five-set victory. 

Springer had perhaps her best performance of the tournament in the Rebels’ final match against Wichita State. She had 25 digs, but the Rebels fell short and lost the match 3-1.

“She has been putting up some very good numbers,” Getzin said. “At nearly five digs per set, she is near the top of the SEC.”

Springer and the Rebels (1-4) will host their first tournament, the Magnolia Classic, this weekend at the Gillom Center. Opponents will include Arkansas-Little Rock (3-4), Central Arkansas (1-5) and Northwestern (5-0).