Nov. 30, 2004
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Volleyball head coach Gilad Doron announced today that he has signed middle hitter Whitney Harrington (Davie, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy) to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. Harrington, a 6-3 middle hitter, is the first member of Doron's recruiting class for 2005.
"Whitney has the athletic ability to make an immediate impact in our program, and I am excited she has decided to come to Villanova," Doron said. "She is tall and moves well, and we hope that her determination and focus will help her make a quick impact next season. Whitney will fit well with our team and the direction the program is going in, and we can't wait for her to get here."
Over the past two seasons, Harrington has led Archbishop McCarthy to a 40-11 record and its first two district titles. Harrington led all of Broward County in kills (458) and blocks (161) for the second straight season in 2004, and was also the county leader with 50 aces and 121 digs. She led Archbishop McCarthy to an 18-6 record and a District 14-3A championship. Harrington was selected to the Sun Sentinel "Super Six" Volleyball Team and was a first-team all-county selection. Her career honors include second team all-county honors from the Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald in 2003, when she also earned all-state status. During her junior season, Harrington totaled 422 kills, 171 blocks and 80 aces as Archbishop McCarthy compiled a 22-5 record and its first-ever district title.
At the end of the 2003-04 academic year, Harrington was named her school's Female Athlete of the Year, as well as the Most Consistent Athlete. In addition to her accomplishments on the volleyball court, Harrington starred for a district co-champion basketball team that finished with a 20-5 record. She averaged team highs of 14.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game, and was the team's "Defensive MVP." Harrington was named to the all-tournament team at the Chic-Fil-A Tournament and was a first team all-county pick by the Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. She also earned third team all-state honors. Overall during her high school career, Harrington has earned four varsity letters in basketball and three in volleyball.
Harrington also played club volleyball in 2003 for the South Florida Volleyball Club. She was selected to play for "Team Florida" on the Regional Youth National Volleyball Team.
Upon her arrival at Villanova in 2005, Harrington will join a Wildcats team that will return eight players from the 2004 campaign. She will be counted on to have an immediate impact as a middle hitter for Villanova.