Harrison rises up American ranks

A young Caymanian athlete is climbing to elite levels in United States volleyball. 

Marissa Harrison, 13, earned a spot in USA Volleyball’s national training program last summer and now she has been selected to play for an elite club team in southern California, where she now lives. Harrison’s new team, Coast Volleyball Club, currently is ranked third in California, eighth nationally, and is expected to contend for a national championship in 2015. 

“The last few months have really been something,” Harrison said. “It’s all been happening so fast. My skills have definitely skyrocketed because of all the great coaching and competition I’ve been getting. The team I’m on now is very good. The players are all amazing.”  

The former Lower Valley resident and Montessori By The Sea student plays libero, a defensive specialist position. She considers ball reaction and foot speed to be among her top strengths. After a series of nationwide tryouts in the U.S., Harrison was one of 25 players chosen at her position to take part in USA Volleyball’s “High Performance” training camp in Colorado Springs.  

Harrison says it was hard work, but she enjoyed the experience and benefited from the high quality coaching she received. The youth development program is run by the sport’s governing body in America and is viewed as the primary feeder pool for U.S. national and Olympic team members.  

Harrison is the daughter of Sheree and Guy Harrison. Her cousin, Cristin Alexander of Northward, is a Cayman Islands national volleyball team member. 

Marissa-Harrison

Marissa Harrison is a young talent.

Cristin-Alexander

Cristin Alexander, left, is one of Cayman’s best players. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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