Player of the week

Hall keeps Midway’s league title hopes alive

By DONNELL COLEY
Sports editor
Posted 10/11/21

Sophomore standout Morgan Hall discusses her career-topping performance to help lift Midway over archrival Clinton last Thursday.

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Player of the week

Hall keeps Midway’s league title hopes alive

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SPIVEY’S CORNER — In her first-ever varsity matchup against rival Clinton on Sept. 14, Midway sophomore Morgan Hall set career marks in both kills and blocks but saw her club get overwhelmed during the loss.

Hall set the tone early in last Thursday’s rematch at home, finishing with a career-best 15 kills to help the Lady Raiders serve up some payback with a convincing 3-1 victory.

The mild-mannered middle hitter is close to wrapping up her first varsity season, a campaign that’s seen her blossom into a leader on offense. 

“Blair (Baggett), Morgan (Williams) and myself have a thing where they want me to get the first kill ... it makes them not feel as nervous and more calm,” Hall said during a recent phone interview with The Daily Record.

Midway coach Susan Clark pointed to Hall’s poise and talent that has her leading the team with 98 kills, more than 20 spikes clear of any of her teammates.

It was also her fourth game with 10-plus kills this season.

“(Hall) came out with three or four kills in the beginning. ... She was just on fire and it set the tone for the whole game,” Clark said.

On defense, Hall used her length at the net to claim 12 total blocks, second only to her 14 against Clinton last month. She says the crazed home atmosphere gave her both nerves and energy throughout the match.

“I was nervous because of how many people were there,” Hall said. “It was very crazy, sometimes I couldn’t tell if they were cheering for us or Clinton.”

The Lady Raiders dominated the first two sets with scores of 25-11 and 25-16, but saw the visitors squeak out a 25-23 set-win in the third.

Hall and company would put things away in a fittingly dominant fourth that saw them claim a 25-9 victory.

“I think after we lost the third set it really motivated us to win the fourth,” Hall said.

“Holding them to the lowest point total (in the match) really showed how much we wanted it.”

Midway (10-4, 7-1 SAC) draws even with Clinton (13-4, 8-1 SAC) in the Southeastern Athletic Conference standings ahead of this week’s final stretch of the regular season. 

If the two teams win out, Clark says a winner-takes-all match for the conference title is scheduled at Clinton on Oct. 20.

Below is Hall’s acceptance speech along with her responses to a list of fun questions from The Daily Record staff.

Acceptance speech: Mrs. Susan (Clark) for having such good practices (last) week. And my teammates for great passes and great sets. And my parents, they text me before every game.

Favorite book/Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

TikTok dance: “Rick and Morty”

Favorite sport: Basketball

Pregame ritual: Praying we have a good game and talking with teammates.

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