Morgan Bohl is in her senior year for the Golden Gopher Volleyball program. Recruited as an outside hitter, Bohl plays primarily as a libero and defensive specialist, due to a knee injury that occurred before her Gopher arrival. As one of two seniors on this young Gopher squad, Bohl will provide leadership to the team. As a junior, Bohl played in 55 sets for the Gophers and established 110 digs last year. A Centennial, Colo., native, Bohl is majoring in business and marketing education and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Q: This is a young team. As a senior, how have you been able to help them?
A: I think being here for four years, it brings a lot of experience and I've been through it all. I've been able to answer a lot of questions and talk to some of the younger players about what they need or what is expected of them. If they are nervous about what it's going to be like, I can talk to them so they don't have anything to worry about. It's been kind of nice taking the younger players under my wing and letting them know what the program is like.
Q: A number of the freshmen talk about how nice it was to have some of the older players organize social events before the season started. Do you think that helped the transition this year?
A: Definitely. Before everyone started preseason, we would go out to lunch or have dinner as a team. That way, everyone was really open up with all of us outside of volleyball. I think that has really transitioned to the court so they aren't as shy going into practice. It's been nice to see everyone's personality on and off the court.
Q: You started your volleyball career as an outside and now play as a libero or defensive specialist. Since making that move, how has that transition been for you?
A: At first it was very weird. I didn't have a lot of experience as a libero. Throughout my career, I was always an outside hitter. It was a weird transition, but I was always kind of a good back row player so it wasn't that hard to transition. It was more the mental aspect of it. Having the mindset to never let the ball touch the court rather than spike it to get points was a bit of an adjustment. Physically, just trying to get my leg stronger and moving quicker was the biggest part.
Q: As a senior, what would you like to accomplish your final year here, both individually and as a team?
A: Individually, I'd like to just become a better player, both on and off the court. I'd also like to academically prepare myself for life after volleyball. On the court, I'd like to keep working hard and be a leader on the team. Be teammate that others can look up to and learn from later on as a Gopher. As a team, I think we just want to continue to improve each day and work hard.
Q: You're a business/marketing major. What would you like to do with your degree?
A: My dream job would be in sports marketing, for someone like the Denver Broncos or a team back home in Colorado. I think the internship in sports marketing would open that path.
Q: Talk about that internship and how it came about.
A: I finally figured out what I wanted to do with my major and took a couple classes last year. I took a couple marketing classes and really enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to somehow stay involved in sports. Working with people close in sports, I thought that would be the best career for me.
Q: We have these fancy new video boards in the Pavilion. Are you excited to have these here and will it take a little getting used to?
A: I think they are awesome. They are going to create a more lively atmosphere during game days. It's going to be cool to see instant replay and the intro videos set to play. It will be interesting to have there.
Q: The Minnesota State Fair is wrapping up right now. Being from Colorado, had you ever seen an event like this and what is your favorite food out there?
A: There is nothing like this in Colorado! We have a small fair, and when I first went to the Minnesota State Fair, it was mind blowing how many people go to the fair and how big it really is. Now that I've been there a couple years, my favorite is getting the bucket of Sweet Martha Cookies. It's just something you have to get there. I get it at the very end with the big bucket to bring home.
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Three Gophers Named Preseason All-B1G
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Gophers Host Open Scrimmage
The Gopher Volleyball team hosted an intrasquad scrimmage at the Sports Pavilion.