May 3, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Morgan Smithson, a middle blocker from Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville, Tenn., has committed to continue her academic and volleyball careers at Maryville College.
Smithson, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker, controlled the net offensively and defensively while at Hardin Valley. She was named offensive player of the year for the Hawks in 2018.
"Morgan brings great size and dynamic ability to the Scots' roster," Maryville College Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "Her offense is equally matched by her blocking. She will make an impact as soon as she steps on the court. Morgan is joining us from K2 Volleyball Club in Knoxville, Tennessee. The level and experience she has received playing for them have perfectly prepared her to join our quest for championships."
Morgan is the daughter of Scott and Kim Smithson.
Morgan joins a storied volleyball program in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Maryville College Head Volleyball Coach Kandis Schram, beginning her 34th season in the fall, is presently ranked second within the NCAA Division III among active career volleyball coaching victories with 764 wins in 33 seasons. She is ranked seventh all-time in career coaching victories within the division. Her teams have earned nine Great South Conference titles, two USA South regular-season crowns, and a pair of USA South tournament championships while claiming a dozen bids to the NCAA post-season tournament.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.