May 8, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Taylor Morey, a 5-6 defensive specialist from Muncie, Ind., has transferred from the University of Notre Dame to the University of Wisconsin to play volleyball, head coach Kelly Sheffield announced today. Morey will be immediately eligible to play this fall and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“Taylor will have an impact on our practice environment immediately,” says Sheffield. “She has a great touch and feel for the ball while passing and is a solid back-row defender. We are also getting someone who has been really well-coached and who has been a winner as a member of numerous championship teams. That fight, fearlessness and competitive spirit are things we can never have enough of and she has that all the way to her core. I’m really excited for her to be a Badger for the next three years!”
Morey played at Notre Dame as a freshman, leading the Fighting Irish and ranking 10th in the Big East Conference with 4.13 digs per set. She recorded 10-or-more digs in 26 matches, including nine matches with 20-plus digs. Morey played in all 30 matches as Notre Dame’s libero, tallying a career-best 29 digs against then-No. 1 ranked UCLA in the season opener. She also led the Irish with 0.25 service aces per set (28 total).
Morey was twice named the Big East Freshman of the Week in 2012.
“I’ve known Taylor since she was a freshman in high school and coached her sister, Ally, for three years at Dayton,” says Sheffield. “She comes from a great family and is a really good kid. As for competitiveness and volleyball IQ, we are getting one of the top players in the country. She loves playing the game as much as anyone I’ve been around and has had a ball in her hands probably since she’s been able to walk.”
Morey played her prep ball at Burris High School for head coach Steve Shondell and was named Indiana’s 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year. The Owls won three state championships during Morey’s playing days and she was a three-time all-state pick.
Morey also played with Munciana volleyball Club for coach Mike Lingenfelter. She earned five All-America honors, aiding the Samurai to the 2011 AAU National Championship and a runner-up finish in 2012.