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Volleyball Incoming Class Receives Accolade

May 25, 2017

STORRS, Conn. – As UConn volleyball head coach Kris Grunwald enters his fourth season with the program in 2017, he does so with a highly-regarded incoming class – one named to the “Highest Honorable Mention” list.

The four incoming Huskies – Ally Barrett, Londyn Johnson, Courtney Morris and Isabelle Peterson – are considered one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

UConn just missed out on the Top 30, as determined by, but is one of 25 programs in the next tier of recruiting success when it comes to the Class of 2021. The foursome joins 10 returning players on the roster for Grunwald.

“It’s exciting that our peers have recognized our signee’s talents and accomplishments. To be in the discussion of a top 50 recruiting class is a step in the process of building the level of program we talk about,” said Grunwald.

The recruiting classes are judged by a panel of volleyball coaches across the country from each conference, using both size and strength of the class as guides. Immediate impact is not to be considered, but more so the projected impact of the class over the next four to five seasons.



Barrett (Geneva, Ill.), Johnson (Aurora, Col.), Morris (North Royalton, Ohio) and Peterson (Gardnerville, Nev.) bring athleticism and experience to a UConn program that finished the 2016 season with a 16-15 (7-13 American) record.

“The true measure [of the class’ strength] is what happens on the competitive court, so we are excited for this group to join us for the challenges ahead,” said Grunwald.

Follow @UConnVB on Twitter throughout the summer for team updates, including official practices in early August and the start of the season on Aug. 25.