Johnson drawn to winnding tradition

By Eileen Gutierrez |Staff Writer|

Megan Johnson came to California from Arizona to be a part of a winning team.

In the past four seasons, she has not only been a part of just that, but has played a monumental role in the successful volleyball program at CSUSB as well.

Last year, Johnson ended her season by finishing in second place in the CCAA in hitting percentage with a percentage of .355. She also had 185 kills, 383 attacks, and only 49 errors.

“Megan’s had a great career here all three years,” said Kim Cherniss, head volleyball coach at CSUSB.

Johnson came to CSUSB to play volleyball after attending a team camp. “I fell in love with the coaching staff and the girls. I wanted to be apart of a winning program,” she said.

It was through her volleyball skills that Johnson was able to line up a scholarship for university.

Johnson said the volleyball programs at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona State and University of Arizona did not impress her. She chose CSUSB for a number of reasons. One being the close proximity to her parents who are able to attend most home games.

The teams recent success was an obvious reason as well.

Johnson, a seasoned player, played six years of club volleyball in Arizona.

The six-foot-one middle blocker has amazing stats for the season. For that she credits her teammates.

Teamwork has been a vital key for Johnson’s success. She relies on her teammates to provide a good pass or set in order to execute a good attack or possible kill.

“My stats reflect upon my team. You need a good pass for a good set to have good attacks,” said Johnson.

Other factors that have helped her grow as a player is practicing with her fellow opposite middle blocker, Samantha Middleborn. “She’s a challenging player,” said Johnson.

When asked if there was anything Johnson would want to change she said no.

“I am happy with the way I’m playing right now, the end goal is to win a championship,” said Johnson.

The volleyball player has been able to become more apart of the campus life by joining the Alpha Phi sorority, which occupies her down time. Her participation has greatly increased since her sophomore year she said.

“San Bernardino took some getting used to. If you want to do something, you usually have to drive. I became more involved on campus since joining Alpha Phi. I’ve learned time management through Alpha Phi and they’ve helped me grow as a person,” said Johnson.

Johnson, a political science major, will be graduating this year. She intends on attending graduate school to study American Politics.

As for Volleyball, Johnson hasn’t decided if it will be a part of her future after this season.

The team is tied for best start and undefeated with a 20-0 record. They are ranked first in the inaugural NCAA Division II West Regional poll.

Johnson has had a great season thus far. In the most recent 10 games, Johnson has accumulated 72 kills. She player stressed that great teamwork is the key behind her success and the undefeated record.

The Coyotes are vying for their twelfth tournament bid, and fourth consecutive NCAA West Regional title.

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