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Manchester’s Morgan Johnson signs to play college volleyball

For the second time this month, the Manchester High School volleyball program has sent one of its own to the next level. In ceremonies held on Nov. 15 in Manchester, senior Morgan Johnson signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career as a Bobcat at West Virginia Wesleyan University. Earlier in the month, teammate Summer Wilbur announced her intentions to play college volleyball at Wilmington College.

Johnson has been a multi-sport star at Manchester in four years, excelling in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She eclipsed the 1,000 kill mark this past season in volleyball and finished her career with a total of 1,046. Johnson is also the leading returning scorer on the 2015-16 version of the Lady Hounds’ basketball squad.

“I went to volleyball camp at West Virginia Wesleyan in June and I got to know all the players individually, hang out with them, and see how they work as a team,” Johnson told The Defender. “It seemed like a really good atmosphere for me and I liked the campus. The coach was really nice also.”

“It has been a good high school career and I am going to miss my teammates and always having that family bond. I’ll miss my friends when I graduate.”

Johnson plans to study Psychology at West Virginia Wesleyan.

For Manchester’s first-year head volleyball coach Tabitha Spires, it was gold again as she send her second player on to the college ranks.

“I’m very proud of Morgan, she is such a great and talented kid,” said Spires. “No matter where she goes, she will go far in life. She puts 100% in everything that she does and we will certainly miss her, but we look forward to seeing her play college volleyball.”

West Virginia Wesleyan is a Division II school, located in Buckhannon, West Va., and a member of the Mountain East Conference. The Bobcats, under head coach Ashley Ziegel, finished 12-19 in the 2015 season.

Present at last week’s signing ceremony at Manchester High School were: Front row, from left, Kelly Johnson (mother), Morgan Johnson, and Mark Johnson (father); Back row, from left, Jamie Wilkins, MHS Principal, Tabitha Spires, MHS Volleyball Coach, and Chris Young, MHS Athletic Director.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Johnson.jpgPresent at last week’s signing ceremony at Manchester High School were: Front row, from left, Kelly Johnson (mother), Morgan Johnson, and Mark Johnson (father); Back row, from left, Jamie Wilkins, MHS Principal, Tabitha Spires, MHS Volleyball Coach, and Chris Young, MHS Athletic Director. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Johnson signs with West Virginia Wesleyan

By Mark Carpenter

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