Morgan Hunt, Park volleyball

Morgan Hunt, a senior outside hitter for the Park girls volleyball team, shows the letter of intent she signed recently with the University of North Dakota. Hunt, a longtime club player, has received a full athletic scholarship even though Park won just one Southeast Conference match this season.

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Morgan Hunt was all about making a challenging situation better for the Park High School girls volleyball team.

As an established club player, the senior doubled as an unofficial assistant to first-year Park coach Brandon Liberty. The honor student even went as far as helping some of her teammates with their homework.

“Not only was she a great player herself, I felt she was coaching with me half the time just because of her fantastic knowledge of the game,” Liberty said.

After doing her best to make an impact on an inexperienced Park team that won just one Southeast Conference match this season, Hunt has been rewarded. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter, a four-year starter, has received a full athletic scholarship to play for the the University of North Dakota, an established NCAA power.

After receiving some interest from programs that included Tennessee and Colorado State, North Dakota coach Mark Pryor offered Hunt a full scholarship. And Hunt liked what she saw when she visited the campus in Grand Forks, N.D.

“The fan base that that school has is amazing,” said Hunt, who is considering a career in medical sales or dentistry. “They’ve had sold-out arenas. I have a real good connection with our coach, Mark Pryor, and I met the girls on the team and we bonded right away.”

Pryor, who will lead his 30-7 team into a first-round NCAA Tournament game against Minnesota (26-5) Friday night at Minneapolis, sees Hunt as a multi-skilled recruit.

“There’s a lot that she could do for us long term,” Pryor said. “Morgan is actually a pretty skilled passer and defender for her height, so we really like what she might be able to develop into for us.

“She hits pretty well off one foot and she can be a real net presence with her blocking. She could really play any front row spot for us.”

Hunt finished her senior season at Park with 180 kills, 24 aces, 75 blocks and 56 digs.

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