Outside hitter Christal Morrison left the University of Washington as arguably the school's most decorated volleyball player ever. The only Husky to ever be named a four-time All-America selection, Morrison set UW career records for kills (1,859), attacks (4,726) and points (2,188).
As a senior, she paced the Huskies in kills (4.12 kpg) and points (4.96 ppg) and hit .273 while averaging 2.61 digs per game. She finished ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in points and eighth in kills on her way to her fourth-straight first team All-Pac-10 honor.
Morrison was a four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America pick, as well as a four-time AVCA first team All-Pacific Region honoree. She earned AVCA first team All-America honors as a junior and senior, third team honors as a sophomore and second team honors as a freshman.
She was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2006 and earned the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award in 2004. In 2005, Morrison was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player after helping the Huskies to their first-ever national championship. Following the national title, Morrison was named the Sports Star of the Year by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Morrison, who was also a three-time Asics All-America selection, ranks in the Top 10 of nine UW career statistical categories, including second in kills per game (4.29) and points per game (5.05). She also finished her career tied for eighth in the Pac-10 for most career kills and sixth in most career attacks.
Christal earned 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year honors during her senior season at Puyallup High School. She was a three-time first team All-South Puget Sound League honoree and helped Puyallup to a state runner-up and third place finish in back-to-back years. She also played on the U.S. Junior National Team that won a silver medal in the 2002 NORCECA Junior Continental Championships.
Morrison recently fulfilled a long-standing dream by playing in the Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino (Women's Superior Volleyball League) in Puerto Rico for the Bayamón Cowgirls for the past few months. Each of the 10 teams in the LVSF are allowed to carry two foreign players on their roster, and Morrison, who is the UW's only four-time AVCA All-American, ranked third in kills and points, and fourth in kills per game and points per game. She was also chosen for the LVSF All-Star Match, which pits Las Nativas (the best Puerto Rican players) against Las Importadas (the best foreign players).
As for the future, Christal has high hopes of continuing on in the sport on the biggest stage there is -- the Olympics. "It's looking like it's more in the cards for 2012 rather than 2008, but it's obviously a dream of mine to go and represent my country and play in the Olympic Games," Morrison said.
Born in Puyallup, Christal is the daughter of Mike and Dianne Morrison. She has two older brothers, Greg and Jerid.