Alumni Spotlight: Beach volleyball standout Pfaff now serving locally in health care
Former Liberty University women’s beach volleyball standout Morgan (Horne) Pfaff (’17, exercise science with a minor in psychology) has spent the past couple years on the front lines of her profession in Lynchburg, Va.
“Since graduating from Liberty, I started my doctorate in physical therapy at (the University of) Lynchburg and graduated in May 2020, and since then worked a year in acute care at Lynchburg General Hospital,” Pfaff said. “Recently, I started working in women’s health and physical therapy and early-intervention pediatrics. I work with kids ages 3-and-under and we work with patients postpartum.”
She said her biblically based education at Liberty prepared her well for the challenges she faces today, helping patients recover physically and emotionally from injuries and debilitating conditions.
“Growing up in Lynchburg and going to Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) my whole life and going to Liberty, sometimes, you take for granted your Christian education, but … having teachers pray for me and pour into me in a different kind of way, looking back on it, I really appreciate that,” Pfaff said.
She helped develop the pre-physical therapy club with some of her Allied Health Professions professors.
“Just being part of that program and getting that good solid Christian foundation and education was great for me going forward into my doctorate,” Pfaff said.
She experienced similar progression in her skills on the beach volleyball court. After transitioning to the sand after playing indoor volleyball at LCA, she took giant leaps in her game from her freshman to her senior years, along with the Lady Flames’ beach program as a whole.
“My first year, we went to a lot of tournaments in Virginia Beach but really weren’t playing any other colleges,” she said, noting that she did travel to compete at the National Collegiate Sand Volleyball Association (NCSVA) National Championships in California for the first time as a freshman. “That was a big shock because we were playing other college girls (from predominantly West Coast schools) and we didn’t do super well.”
She and her teammates started to gain more experience against better competition which prepared them well for future trips out West.
“Going forward, our tournaments got better, and we got to host big games here at Liberty, which was great because we got to play girls from Virginia Tech and (UNC) Wilmington,” Pfaff said. “As the program went on, started to play more collegiate (programs), and by my last time playing in California at nationals, we knew the game better and were better able to keep up.”
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