Students everywhere have to find a way to balance school with everything else in their life such as extracurricular activities, clubs, family, friends, and life in general. Sophomore Morgan Henning balances her schoolwork with volleyball.
Henning is a psychology major with a 4.0 GPA. She has been playing volleyball since the first grade but started playing volleyball competitively in middle school.
In her 2018 season, Henning played 28 total games and started in 24 of those games. She averaged 1.98 kills per set and 0.59 blocks per set. She had a season high 16 kills against Lindenwood on Oct. 12 and recorded six double-digit kill games during that season. She had a team-high 0.315 hitting percentage.
Henning recorded 228 kills and 288 digs during the course of her high school volleyball career.
As a naturally competitive person, volleyball is a good way for Henning to release that competitiveness.
“I really like the team aspect and it is a really good outlet for my competitiveness,” Henning said. “It is a team sport but you’re constantly like playing (and) competing against your teammates for the spot, like to be the player… So, its competitive against other teams but also with the team in the weight room like, ‘who is the fastest?’… I like the competitiveness of volleyball.”
Henning redshirted her 2017 season and said that is her biggest accomplishment thus far, but she ultimately hopes to earn a post season award.
“… Probably starting right out of my redshirt year,” Henning said. “So, starting as a true, eligible freshman is my biggest accomplishment because I haven’t gotten a post season award yet. That’s my goal. That’s what I think I’ll get this year. But, this far, (my biggest accomplishment) would definitely be starting right out of my redshirt freshman year… My personal goal is to get a post season award. But as for the team, our goal is to make the conference tournament.”
Henning currently coaches volleyball and hopes to continue doing so even after college.
“I like to play sand. But I also like to coach volleyball,” Henning said. “I coach a club team, like a high-level club team right now and so I plan to do that as long as my job permits (it).”
According to Henning, the best way to balance sports and school along with other activities is to set a schedule of what time to practice and what time to study.
“… It is a lot about just setting a schedule and studying on the way to games or knowing when like to sleep and when to study and just not wasting a lot of time,” Henning said.
She also said managing your time and activities is a good way to keep everything on track and not fall behind in school but keep up with sports and other activities.
“I would just say that having a schedule, a set schedule, and really being conscious of how you manage your time and how you organize your schedule is really important,” Henning said.