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Juniata women's volleyball announces incoming transfer student

(Posted January 12, 2010)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Libby Morrison, a 5-6 libero/defensive specialist from Portland, Ore., will join the Juniata College women's volleyball program this spring, after transferring to Juniata from Division I Santa Clara University.

Morrison will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, after competing for the Broncos in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

"Libby Morrison will provide us with an immediate defensive and passing boost," said Juniata head coach Larry Bock. "She also brings offensive capabilities that can give us an added dimension at the net and in our back court. (Associate head coach) Heather (Pavlik) and I are anxious to see her begin practicing with our returning players later this spring, and we think she will have a splendid final two years of her collegiate career in the blue and gold of Juniata."

Morrison played in 103 of Santa Clara's 114 sets last season, and led the Broncos with 273 digs (2.65 per set). She also tallied 19 service aces for Santa Clara, second-most on the team. During her freshman campaign (2008), she logged 198 digs with 28 service aces.

She attended Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, where she was Female Athlete of the Year in 2008. Libby was a three-time Oregon state player of the year, and was named Qwest Player of the Game in the state championship match during her senior year. Morrison also competed in track and tennis at Oregon Episcopal, where she was the 2A state champion in the long jump in 2005, and the district high jump and long jump champion in both 2005 and 2008. On the tennis court, she helped Oregon Episcopal's undefeated tennis team win district and state titles in 2008, when her doubles team finished as state runner-up.

Morrison is the daughter of John and Lynne Morrison, and will be studying environmental science at Juniata College.

Morrison will be competing for one of the storied programs in NCAA volleyball. Juniata coach Larry Bock will begin his 34th season this fall with a career record of 1,218-186; his 1,218 wins are the most of any collegiate women's volleyball coach in any division.

With Bock at the helm, Juniata has won two Division III national championships (2004 and 2006), and has made 29 straight trips to the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship. Juniata women's volleyball teams have advanced to the national semifinals on 24 occasions, and 34 players have earned All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) - the most of any team in NCAA Division III women's volleyball.

Juniata posted a 36-4 record last season, winning the Landmark Conference championship for the third consecutive year and advancing to the NCAA Division III national championship match for the eighth time in program history. The Eagles will graduate three starters and one key reserve off the 2009 squad, including three-time AVCA All-America libero Megan Sollenberger.

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