Morgan Tompkins will carry on a proud Carroll County tradition July 14 when she suits up for the West in the Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) All-Star Volleyball game.
A 2016 CCHS graduate, Tompkins follows former teammate Eustaica Smith who played in the game last year. Carroll County volleyball coach Cindy Edwards said the Cavaliers have now sent eight of nine players to the prestigious all-star game since it debuted in 1994, including one at least each of the last five years.
“We have had a lot of strong players come through Carroll County and it is an honor just to be selected to carry that on,” Tompkins said. “It’s an honor to be an example for the younger ones coming up and give them something they can strive for and to carry on that Carroll County legacy.”
Edwards said playing in the East-West All-Star game has always been one of Tompkins’ goals.
“I told her she could mark that off her bucket list,” Edwards said. “I am proud of her. She has worked very, very hard. She’s been in the gym since she was in the third or fourth grade. She is going to play in college, so really anything she has set out to do she has accomplished. She is so talented, not only athletically, but also academically.”
A four-year varsity volleyball player for Edwards, Tompkins earned All-Conference 24 first team honors as a senior middle hitter. She finished third in the conference this past season with 181 kills. She also made only 32 serve errors in 318 attempts (a 90 percent service rate). Tompkins also finished second in the conference with 50 aces and seventh in the conference in blocks with 26.
The VHSCA All-Star Volleyball game will be held July 14 at Liberty University in Lynchburg. In the meantime, Tompkins has been working hard this summer in preparation for the start of her collegiate career at Guilford College.
“We are in the middle of summer workouts now. I’ve been doing that and going to open gyms and going to camps the last couple of days down there,” Tompkins said. “The summer workouts are by (Guilford) Coach Gann. I’ve doing them on my own time and it will lead into preseason when we arrive on campus in August.”
Tompkins has decided to be a two-sport athlete at the North Carolina college as she will also play softball for the Quakers.
“I am so looking forward to it,” Tompkins said. “It has always been a dream of mine to play at the collegiate level.”
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