Marchand signs with Jacksonville Univ.
CENTREVILLE — Centreville High School volleyball standout Hannah Marchand will head south to continue her academic and athletic career.
The 5-foot-11 Marchand, a three-year varsity player at Centreville after playing her freshman season at Sturgis, signed a national letter of intent Friday to play Division I women’s volleyball at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. for the next four years with the Dolphins.
Marchand helped lead Centreville to an overall record of 34-14-5, including the school’s first Class C district title in the sport since 1995.
During the season, Marchand was able to record her 1,000th career kill for the Lady Bulldogs.
“Compared to other schools I had visited Jacksonville was smaller but still a Division 1 school. It was more comfortable kind’ve like switching from Sturgis to Centreville,” Marchand said.
Jacksonville finished 9-16 overall during the 2016 season.
Marchand is undecided right now what she plans to study in college.
“I will miss my family and the comfort of having people close by. I will be 16 hours away.”
Marchand was scouted by Jacksonville head coach Julie Darty while playing in a national tournament in Florida last summer for Dunes Volleyball Club out of Rolling Prairie, Ind.
Gales admitted that having a player of Marchand’s ability challenged her to become a better coach.
“Hannah was our go-to person,” Gales said. “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.
“I feel like she challenged me as a coach which is a good thing. I made sure I was pushing her to become a better player. She would take extra reps in practice to make sure her jump serve was perfect. She could play any position and she would jump into any drill because she can play any position on the floor.”
One of the things Gales and her assistant Deric Mostrom worked on with Marchand this season was becoming a better blocker.
“Hannah is tall and really made her presence known at the net,” Gales said. “She is a very smart hitter and adjusted well to the tempo of other teams like Bronson and Mendon.”
Marchand also shared the setting duties with teammate and senior Skyler DeMeyer.
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