By Leila Dycus staff writer
After months of deliberation one of Morgan County High School’s Varsity volleyball players has selected a university. On Monday May 12, MCHS senior Olivia Keegan signed her scholarship to play college volleyball at Columbus State University. The road to this monumental day has been long but Keegan is happy to have officially chosen a school. “Well I’m relieved, it’s been a long process,” said Olivia’s mom Sara Keegan.
“She’s worked really hard for it.” Olivia has spent a lot of time traveling with her parents to look at various universities. Sara Keegan said that the family has traveled to North and South Carolina and all over the state of Georgia. Beyond the beautiful campus, the Columbus State coach and Olivia bonded. “I’m happy she’s finally come to a place, a decision that’s going to make her happy,” said Sara Keegan. Many of Olivia’s friends came out to support her as she signed her scholarship. Coach Pam Hooten and Olivia’s mom sat at the table as they posed for pictures to remember the occasion. Two of Olivia’s classmates held signs cheering her on.
Among her friends were members of the MCHS Varsity Volleyball team. Keegan was one of three seniors on this year’s varsity team. At their senior night Olivia, who is known as Colorado by her teammates, talked about how close the girls on the team are. Varsity Volleyball Coach Hooten said that she is so proud of Olivia. Hooten went on to say that Keegan went to a tryout and impressed the coaches with her defensive ability, this is impressive because in high school she was known for her offensive skills. “This speaks to the fact that she is an all-around volleyball player,” said Hooten. “Columbus State is getting a great talent and I am excited to be able to watch her play at the next level.” As Olivia travels to Columbus State she will go from Bulldog to Cougar. Keegan’s intensity on the court is sure to bring a lot to her new team. Sara Keegan said that she thinks Olivia will contribute to the team but she also thinks that her daughter will learn a lot and gain from the new experience. Olivia said that she is most excited to be able to keep playing her sport. She is happy that she has been given the chance to go to school and continue her volleyball career.