After establishing herself as an offensive powerhouse as a first-year player in 2013, senior outside hitter Morgan Reardon has engraved her name into Loyola’s record books. Reardon became the 14th Rambler in Loyola women’s volleyball history to reach the 1000-kills mark, and she’s not done yet.
As a four-year starter, Reardon has been a monumental factor for the Loyola women’s volleyball team. In her rookie season, Reardon posted a team-best 3.61 average kills per set, despite missing 16 games with a leg injury. The Joliet, Illinois, native, was named to the 2015 all-Missouri Valley Conference second team and has led the team in kills during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Reardon recorded a new career highlight against Northern Illinois University on Aug. 27 in the Ramblers’ third game of the season. First-year setter Delilah Wolf set Reardon, and then Reardon striked down her 1000th kill.
Reardon is the first Rambler to accomplish the 1000-kill feat since volleyball changed from 15-point sets to 25-point games in 1998. Since then, Reardon has continued to produce, hitting 79 additional kills, which puts her at 109 kills total with an average of 2.79 kills per set. First-year outside hitter Gabi Maciagowski leads the team with 123 kills and an average of 3.15 kills per set.
Reardon attributed her success through the years to her coaches, teammates and parents.
“I want to thank the coaching staff and coach Muscat … really have taught me the skills that I needed to reach that goal,” said Reardon. “There’s no possible way I could get [to where I am] without [my teammates] passing the ball, setting the ball and helping me be successful.”
Among all her accomplishments throughout her career, Reardon said the 1000-kill milestone was the icing on the cake.
“I thought it was really exciting,” she said. “It was a big milestone that I was never able to hit in high school, so it was great to reach [the milestone] in a college setting, as it’s not something everyone can put on their resume.”
Sophomore defensive specialist Maddy Moser
said the accomplishment was not only a big moment for Reardon, but also for the team as a whole.
“It was a great moment for the program,” said Moser. “[Morgan] is such a great teammate on the court and a great leader for the program.”
Now, the key for the Ramblers is to turn this personal achievement into team success. The team has struggled to garner momentum and currently sits at 3-3 on the season. Reardon said she is determined to win the conference championship this season.
“We need to put ourselves in a good position by making the tournament and then executing once we’re there,” Reardon said.
Reardon said she believes team success outweighs her own personal achievements. She said she wants to be remembered as a good teammate who led the program to success rather than focusing on her own personal achievements and statistics. As one of only three seniors on the team this season, Reardon said she finds it important to keep the young team together as it attempts to meet the 20-win mark set last season.
The Loyola women’s volleyball season continues at the Butler Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sept. 16-17.