Volleyball player gains attention after impromptu National Anthem performance


Photo: Gabe Berlean

Sophomore, Mikayla Morris, rises up for a quick attack, looking to secure a point for the Birds in their match against the Springboro Panthers.

By Flyer Staff

Sophomore volleyball player, Mikayla Morris, came in clutch when the audio recording of The National Anthem failed to play on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Fairmont’s James S. Trent Arena.

The varsity volleyball team was set to take on the Panther’s of Springboro in a GWOC National Division matchup when the sound system glitched. Fairmont teacher, Bob Franz, who was in charge of the anthem, was forced to scramble for another option.

Head coach,¬†Megan Smith turned to her team and knew exactly who to grab. Morris, a middle hitter on the varsity team, headed to the scorer’s table and took the mic without hesitation.

“It is surprising to me that it is getting so much attention,” Morris said. “It needed to be done, so I just went out and did it.”

Morris is a member of Fairmont’s Eleventh Hour acapella group, so singing in front of large groups of people is nothing new for her.

“I was nervous at first, but throughout the song, I just kept going and got more confident,” she said.

According to WHIO, the video has been shared more than 1,700 times on social media.

Watch the video here: http://www.whio.com/news/local/kettering-volleyball-player-sings-national-anthem-after-pre-recording-fails-play/nSURVKG9KJFiJcp81eJelM/