MONTAGUE — Montague libero Morgan Netcott’s leadership qualities spoke for themselves throughout his career with the Wildcats; she was named captain in the three seasons she played varsity volleyball. His successes on and off the court both played a significant role in earning a spot on the University of Vincennes team in Indiana, which competes at the junior level.
According to Vincennes’ statement about signing Netcott, which she celebrated on May 12 in high school, she is the Michigan Trailblazers’ first player.
“She’s a kid who’s always been involved and brings that leadership quality,” Montague coach Shawn Bectel said of Netcott. “Smart, instinctive player. The kids love her. When you have a captain, it’s kind of the glue that holds them together. I couldn’t ask for a better kid.”
Netcott, whose sister Rachel will return to the Wildcats next year, was a West Michigan first-team player last fall and had 614 digs. Bectel noted that Netcott had stats worthy of recognition at the state level, but because the Wildcats struggled to a 14-34 record against a tough schedule, she was unable to collect that. kind of accolades.
“Every week she was getting pounded,” Bectel said. “She still had some of the best stats in the state. Unfortunately, as a team, we didn’t earn enough to help her.”
Bectel said Netcott’s best asset as a player is her intelligence on the pitch. She’s been around the game all her life – her mum Rachel was an assistant coach for Bectel for 10 years – and it shows between the lines.
“There aren’t many kids who know the game better than her,” Bectel said. “She’s been in the game forever. She’s been in it forever at every level. This year we weren’t there, but the last two years we had teams at the state level that she was on. For me, I’ve always said she’s one of the best liberos in the state. I think it’s nice that she can go show it outside of here and then hopefully- the, two years elsewhere later.Her instinct as a player, her knowledge of the game, really sets her apart from the rest.
“Every time a kid from your program comes by (to play college), I’ve been a part of those kids’ lives for a long time and consider them one of my kids. To see that is a proud moment.”