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Emily Harr, John Marshall

John Marshall volleyball has been at an all-time high the last two seasons, making back-to-back trips to the state tournament.

In 2017, John Marshall collected its first OVAC title since 1988 and senior Emily Harr was a key part of the rise of the program, picking up valuable experience that will be crucial to the team’s success this year.

With a handful of Monarchs graduating from last year’s team, Harr will be looked to as a leader on and off the floor.

“She was pretty important in the front row last year,” JM coach Cathleen Harr said. “She helped spread out the offense.

“She is a quiet leader on the team. She has been playing varsity since her freshman year and she leads by example. She is an intense and energetic player.”

Emily Harr delivered 16 kills in the regional finals win over Morgantown last year to help the Monarchs reach the state tournament.

Harr is also a member of the John Marshall track team.

“She is explosive,” Cathleen Harr said. “She is an amazing athlete and has a good vertical jump. She pushes herself in and out of season to be the best she can be.”

This is Cathleen Harr’s first year as the John Marshall head coach and she has high hopes for a very talented team.

“Practice has been great,” Cathleen Harr said. “We have some nice, positive girls and I enjoy being around all of them.

“We have high expectations. We have some sophomore setters so we will see how quickly they can pick up setting at the varsity level but we also have a lot of seniors who are bringing back experience and height.”

Emily Harr was named an All-Valley honorable mention as a junior and will look to build off an impressive campaign.

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