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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn volleyball team and head coach Kris Grunwald have announced the signing of three incoming freshmen to make up the Class of 2021 and participate in the upcoming 2017 season.
Ally Barrett, Londyn Johnson and Courtney Morris will join the Huskies in the fall semester, playing under Grunwald in his fourth season at the helm for UConn.
From as close as Ohio and as far as Colorado, the incoming group consists of three talented student-athletes that will join UConn’s current roster of three seniors, four juniors and three sophomores for next season.
Barrett (Geneva, Ill.), a four-year letterwinner and National Honor Society member at Geneva High School, joins UConn after a remarkable career with the Vikings. She was a two-year captain and three-time all-conference player.
Geneva was a three-time regional champion and two-time sectional champion with Barrett on the court. The outside hitter was a four-year captain with her club team and an Under Armour All-American Honorable Mention.
She was named a three-time Academic All-Conference player and was on the High Honor Roll for four years, proving successful on and off the court.
“Ally will bring a work ethic to our gym that every coach welcomes. She is a gym rat who brings a level of ball control and physicality to the outside hitting position that will only add to the level of competitiveness in our gym,” said Grunwald.
Johnson (Aurora, Colo.), described as a “great athlete” by Grunwald, will join UConn from Cherokee Trail High School. She was a two-year letterwinner under head coach Terry Miller during her high school career.
Cherokee Trail was the 2015 state champion with Johnson playing a significant role, as she was named the Most Improved Player as a junior. While at high school, she played the middle blocker position.
“Londyn is a great athlete who has yet to realize her potential in the game of volleyball,” said Grunwald. “Each time we saw her last year, she continued to make progress and that convinced us that she would be a great fit for our program. The future is very bright for her as a Husky."
Morris (North Royalton, Ohio) comes to UConn from Padua Franciscan High School, where she earned a list of achievements throughout her four-year career. Most recently, the Bruins won the 2016 Ohio Division II State Championship, their second during Morris’ tenure (2013).
A two-time All-Conference First Team player, Morris was also named All-District First Team and All-Ohio First Team as a senior. Throughout her career, she was a three-time winner of both All-Division and All-Ohio awards.
Morris was a two-time captain who holds the school assists record, while also being a member of the National Honor Society.
“We are excited for what Courtney will bring to our program. For the majority of her career, she has played up an age group which, given her position, has allowed her to develop excellent leadership skills,” said Grunwald. “That, coupled with her technical skills as a setter, should enhance our ability to quicken the tempo of our offense.”
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