By Clint Parker
Jefferson City, TN – Former North Buncombe student and athlete Morgan Ballard is at it again. She’s making her presence felt on the Carson-Newman volleyball team.
Ballard made preseason first-team All-SAC recently as the Eagles get set for the season. She also was mentioned in several of Carson-Newman’s recent communiques from their athletic departments including this from an online article previewing the team:
“In the back row, Hannah Robertson graduated last season as one of the libero options but the Eagles return one of the best passers in the country in two-time all-region pick Morgan Ballard (Weaverville, NC).
“Her name fills up the South Atlantic Conference record book, leading the league in digs per set in each of the two seasons. Her 7.61 digs per set is the second-best total in the history of the SAC and put her second in the country in the category. In two years in the Orange and Blue, Ballard has registered 1,603 digs, good for fifth in the history of the program. To establish a new program record, she would need 948 but should firmly cement herself at No. 2.
“The first-team AVCA all-region honoree has the most digs in conference history in a three-set match and a four-set match while tallying two of the top three efforts in five frames. She is one of two players in program history to be an all-region pick twice in her career and can become the only player to be lauded three times in 2019.”