DURHAM, N.H. - Salem High School two-sport star Karen Harrington has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of New Hampshire, head coach Jill Hirschinger announced today.
Harrington, a 6-1 middle hitter, was the 2001 NHIAA Class L Player of the Year after leading her Salem squad to the state finals. During her volleyball career she was named to the all-state and all-Merrimack Valley conference teams three times.
"We are really excited to have Karen join the UNH volleyball program," said Hirschinger. "With her natural athletic ability and size, we feel she will have an immediate impact on our program.
"Karen also excels in the classroom, gaining numerous Salem scholar-athlete awards," added Hirschinger. "I'm really looking forward to working with Karen, and for her to continue the tradition of excellence we have here at the University of New Hampshire."
Harrington, also a three-time NHIAA all-state softball player, pitched her Salem team to the Class L state championship as a junior last spring. She'll get a chance to repeat that fete during the 2002 softball season.
During the offseason, Harrington was one of the top players for her Seacoast and Hardrock Junior Olympic volleyball programs.
Hirschinger and the Wildcats head to Towson, Maryland this weekend for the America East Volleyball Championship. The third-seeded Wildcats will take on second-seeded Northeastern University in the semifinals on Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m.