Staples-Motley senior Morgan Becker is making a name for herself.

As the leader in kills for the Cardinals, she tallied another big week for the Cardinals with 44 kills and 66 digs in Staples-Motley’s three wins.

The week started with a 17-kill, 20-dig performance against Little Falls which was a 3-0 Cardinals win.

A day later, Becker recorded another double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs. She also tallied three blocks in the 3-1 win over New York Mills.

Becker capped off her week two days later in Staples-Motley’s 3-0 win over Aitkin with 16 kills and 32 digs.

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“Morgan, along with our other seniors, have really bought into leading the team this year,” Staples-Motley head coach Gretchen Bestland said. “She’s a powerful attacker and really bought into the weight room in the offseason to increase her vertical. Along with that, she plays taller than she is and is a really fun player to watch.”

An impressive part of Becker’s game is the way she racks up digs. Along with libero Maggie Claussen, Becker is one of the top dig-getters for the Cardinals.

Becker gives credit for her setter Leah Bestland, who was athlete of the week a few weeks ago.

“She just really knows where I am on the court,” Becker said. “We are just connected like that. We’ve both grown into really good players and our friendship has grown which helps our relationship on the court.”

Becker said she’s worked hard in the weight room to improve her vertical which helped her hitting. She also thinks being a better passer and having good serve-receive numbers have helped.

“I am able to get on top of the ball when I jump,” Becker said. “I’m just making sure I know where I am on the court and not make the same mistakes. I feel like when I have better passing games I have better hitting games. I have gotten really better at serve-receive which is something I struggled with in previous years.”

Because of her improvement in serve-receive Becker rarely comes out for the Cardinals.

“It’s so great to have Morgan on the court the whole game,” Bestland said. “She is a great serve-receiver. Her passing rating is high up there. She’s one of our go-to’s to get the ball when it’s high up there. She’s a great all-around player and it works well to have her on the court the whole time.”

As a leader, Becker tries to keep everyone on the team included, so no one feels left out.

“This team is definitely the closest we’ve had in friendships,” Becker said. “This year we have had no conflicts on the team which makes us way better than we have been. I know in past years a lot of players haven’t felt they belong with the team and I’m just making sure we are hanging out outside of volleyball.”

In eight games last year as a junior, Becker recorded 74 kills, second on the team, and 92 digs, third on the team.

“I think for her and the rest of the girls having their season abruptly end last season, they just have bought into wanting the most out of their court time and working hard and wanting to win each game,” Bestland said. “Morgan is a determined and competitive person. She wants to win. She pushes herself and just has bought into wanting to better herself which is better for her team.”

Other notable performances:
Volleyball: Maci Martini, Pequot Lakes, tallied 98 kills, 50 digs and 15 ace serves for the week.
Abi Martin, Pequot Lakes, tallied 150 set assists for the week
Ashley Kimman, Pierz, tallied 65 kills and 49 digs for the week.
Leah Bestland, Staples-Motley, tallied 79 set assists for the week
Maggie Claussen, Staples-Motley, tallied 107 digs for the week
Soccer: Mikayla Houdek, Little Falls, recorded a hat trick against Detroit Lakes for the week.

Morgan Becker

Year: Senior

School: Staples-Motley

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Outside hitter

Highlights: She tallied 66 digs and 44 kills for the week.