Riley Morris has been right in the middle of very successful volleyball and softball teams for the Pioneer Panthers.
The 5-6 senior was the starting setter on the volleyball team this fall that went 27-10, won the Midwest Conference title and was a regional finalist.
Morris was the starting second baseman on the softball team last spring that went 24-7 and was a semistate qualifier.
Both Panthers teams had their seasons ended in controversial fashion.
The volleyball team started celebrating a regional title at Washington Township after they thought they had won match point. But the call went against them and they went on to lose the five-set heartbreaker.
In softball the Panthers thought they had a couple calls go against them in their semistate game against Lakewood Park Christian. They thought it should have been a 0-0 game after seven innings of play instead of a 3-0 loss.
But Morris has the right attitude when looking back. She also recalled a loss to Frontier in volleyball in semistate play when she started as a junior.
z“I think the experience of going to semistate my junior year in volleyball and softball and losing made me the athlete I am today.”
And Morris is leaving the volleyball program in great shape as the future remains bright, and she still has one more softball season left, when the Panthers should once again be a top contender in Class A in the spring.
The following is a question-and-answer session with Morris.
Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?
A. It’s hard to choose, but I would have to say that volleyball is my favorite sport. It has been such a huge part of my life and I just really love the game! I love how it is a total team effort to get the win, not individual work.