Michelle Harrington
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    Michelle Harrington

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Stuttgart, Germany

    High School:
    Reagan (Texas) HS

    Height:
    6-2

    Position:
    MH

    SENIOR YEAR (2009): Team captain.

    JUNIOR YEAR (2008): Played in 101 sets...tied for the team lead in sets played...shared the team's Most Valuable Player award...received the team's Best Offensive Player award...started every match...led the team with 83 total blocks (17 solo, 66 assisted) and a 0.82 blocks-per-set average...paced the rest of the team by 39 blocks...ranked third on the program's Division I single-season list with 66 assisted stops...recorded at least one block in all but two matches...earned a share of the team lead for blocks in 19 matches...posted a team-leading eight blocks (all assisted) against Montana State...added seven blocks (three solo, four assisted) at Wyoming...the 83 total blocks are ranked 10th on the program's Division I single-season list...also paced the squad with a .200 hitting percentage...that is the 10th-best single-season performance in the Academy's Division I history...accounted for 186 kills, highlighted by a team-leading 13 against Wyoming...added double-digit kill totals in five other matches...led the team in kills during six matches, while posting the team's top hitting percentage in 13...collected 13 service aces, highlighted by two against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and TCU...the 13 aces tied for the best output on the team...added 37 digs, including a pair of four-dig outings against Kent State and SIU-Edwardsville, and five assists...named to the all-tournament teams of the Air Force Classic (Sept. 5-6) and Air Force Invitational (Sept. 12-13)...selected as captain for the 2009 season.

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2007): Played in 100 games...that was tied for the team lead regarding the number of games played...started 30 of 31 matches...posted 68 total blocks, including 17 solo and 51 assisted...moved into ninth place in the Division I records with 17 solo blocks in a season...recorded a team-leading eight blocks (two solo, six assisted) against San Diego State...led the team in blocking during 14 matches, including the last four...posted the team's top-two individual match hitting percentages of the season, highlighted by a .615 average (8k-0e-13a) against Chicago State...also posted a season-best four aces in that match...ranked second on the team with a .194 seasonal hitting percentage... tallied 179 kills, six assists, 17 service aces and 35 digs...cleared the 10-kill plateau on four occasions, highlighted by an 18-kill output against North Carolina A&T...also collected double-digit kill totals against Prairie View (12), Marist (10) and Texas-Pan American (10)...one of six Falcons to earn over 100 kills...named to the all-tournament team at the Gardner-Webb Invitational...earned the team's Unsung Hero Award.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2006): Played in 70 games, missing several in the middle of the season due to illness...collected a team-leading 0.73 blocks per game average...tallied 14 solo blocks, including three against Centenary...added four assisted stops against the Ladies for seven total blocks - the Falcons' second-best output of the season...ranked second on the team with a .138 hitting percentage...recorded the top single-match hitting percentage of the season at Alcorn State at .684 (13 kills - 19 attempts - 0 errors)...that percentage was ranked third in the Mountain West Conference...led the squad in blocks during 11 of the last 14 matches...one of four freshmen in the season-opening rotation...earned the team's Most Improved Award.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Ronald Reagan High School - Also attended Smoky Hill (Aurora, Colo.) and Long Reach (Columbia, Md.) High Schools...coached by Mike Carter and Steve Huntingdale...lettered two years in volleyball...was a two-year starter...named to the academic all-state team in 2005...earned second-team all-district honors as a senior...named to the all-tournament team at the 2005 state playoffs...that team went 35-5 and was a state semifinalist...was the team's block leader as a senior...during junior season, Smoky Hill's team was a semifinalist at the Colorado playoffs...earned the Most Improved Award twice...also played basketball and was the captain of the soccer team...member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Spanish National Honor Society...earned the Most Positive Attitude Rattler award...also a member of First and Reflections Photography and the Leader's Challenge...magna graduate...AP Scholar...scuba certified...junior escort...publicity officer for DECA...placed in district, regional and state competitions to advance to the DECA International Career Development Conference Competition.

    CLUB: Played on three different club teams...18-1 Alamo Volleyball, coached by Brian Funk, the 17-1 Front Range Volleyball Club, coached by Stephen Arichea and Nial Davis and the 16-2 Front Range Volleyball Club, coached by Marty Larson...the 17-1 Front Range squad finished fifth in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) competition...Rocky Mountain Region champions...the 16-2 Front Range club placed fifth in the Farwestern Region and third at the Omaha Invitational...competed at the 2004 Junior Olympics.

    PERSONAL: Daughter of Sean and Suzy Harrington...has one younger brother, Tommy (20), and one younger sister, Laura (18)...majoring in systems engineering management...member of Cadet Squadron 22...greatest moment in sports was playing in the 2004 Junior Olympics...grew up in a military family - grandfather graduated from the Academy in 1961, mother served in the Air Force and father is currently on active duty as a colonel in Stuttgart, Germany...hobbies include photography, spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and sight-seeing with family...spent summer participating in the Cadet Summer Research Program (CSRP) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, touring Germany and France with family and working the second session of Basic Cadet Training...served as a B-Flight NCO and First Sergeant.

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