JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville University volleyball team announced Thursday the addition of two members to the 2017 recruiting class. Hannah Marchand and Kendall Murr will join JU in the 2017 season.
5'11" – MB/S – Hometown: Sturgis, Mich. – Club Team: Dunes Volleyball Club
Hannah Marchand led her team to a 34-14-5 record and the first Class C district title for the program since 1995. The 5'11" utility player has over 1,000 kills in her three seasons with Centreville High School in Centreville, Mich.
"Hannah is a twitchy middle with good length and she attacks off of one foot very well," said Head Coach Julie Darty. "I think her versatility on the court, between the middle and rightside, will help us immediately. It's an odd combination, but she is also a setter so it adds some much needed depth to that position as well. We are really excited about Hannah and her immediate impact on our program here at JU. I think Hannah will push some people and that's exactly what we need in our gym."
"Compared to other schools I visited Jacksonville was smaller but still a Division 1 school," said Marchand to Three Rivers News. "It was more comfortable kind've like switching from Sturgis to Centreville."
"Hannah was our go-to person," said Centreville Head Coach Melissa Gales to Three Rivers News. "She ran our offense and her intensity was a big part in our success in most games. She was our leader on the floor and our captain and made sure we were playing as a team. When we struggled she did a nice job of making adjustments to get us back on track."
5'9" – OH/DS - Hometown: Yorktown, Ind. – Club Team: Munciana
Kendall Murr played an integral role in her Yorktown Tigers going all the way to the state championship. The 5'9" utility player had 224 kills, 70 blocks, and 40 aces while playing middle in her junior season, and now has a career total of 766 kills, 606 digs, 168 blocks, and 112 assists.
"Kendall is a student of the game," said Darty. "Kendall comes from a family of volleyball and a part of the country where volleyball is a way of life. She is coming off a state championship title in Indiana, where she was playing MB for her team. Kendall is the ultimate teammate – she will do whatever her team needs her to do and she will do it at a high level. Her volleyball IQ is what I am most excited about. I think she will help our ball control, our defense and our mentality immediately."
"I went into the day not expecting anything, just a visit," said Murr to the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. "But then I absolutely fell in love and knew it was the place for me. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else."