Courtside Chat with DeeDee Harrison

Aug. 15, 2010

ROB PATRICK ON HARRISON: "DeeDee has been a steady work in progress and she has put herself in a position to make a significant impact in matches this season. We expect her to be learning on the fly a little bit, but, physically, she is somebody we feel we can match up with anybody in the country in the middle. She has worked extremely hard over the past few years to put herself in this position and she is going to have a great opportunity to play a lot for us. As she continues to become more consistent, she is probably going to have the largest offensive impact on our team, in terms of not only providing us with a middle presence, but opening up areas for our other hitters, because teams will have to concentrate on stopping her. We are very excited about her development and can’t wait to see her take off.”

2009 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in 15 sets, spanning nine matches, during her second season at Tennessee…Made her first collegiate appearance in UT’s season opener against Tennessee Tech...Clinched the victory with her first career kill...Had two attacks in the Lady Vols’ four-set loss to Colorado State on Sept. 12...Added the first two blocks of her career later that afternoon as UT swept Marshall to close out its stay at the Carolina Classic...Picked up another block against Georgia on Oct. 9...Closed out the second set of UT’s 3-0 sweep of Mississippi State on Nov. 6 with a monstrous kill, her second of her career...Earned her first collegiate start at Georgia on Nov. 15 and made the most of it...Pounded out eight kills, including four in the opening frame, in addition to collecting seven blocks and the first dig of her career…Came off the bench to give UT a timely kill in it’s thrilling, five-set victory over No. 10 Kentucky to finish off the regular season.

2008 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted during her true freshman season.

HIGH SCHOOL: The first in-state recruit during UT Head Coach Rob Patrick's tenure at Rocky Top...Ranked 63rd on the Senior Aces list...Played on the Impact VBC and Williamson County Select VBC club teams... Lettered all four years at Hillsboro H.S. in volleyball, basketball and softball...Served as the captain for the volleyball team during her entire career and for the final two seasons in both basketball and softball...Garnered all-district honors in volleyball during each of her final three years, while picking up all-tournament laurels in the last two...Played in the Tennessee High School All-Star Game as a senior, collecting 17 kills...Also was named to the all-tournament team for basketball in both 2005 and 2007.

PERSONAL: Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences...Boasts a strong athletic pedigree, as her dad, former Vanderbilt star Dennis "Bigfoot" Harrison, spent 10 seasons as a defensive end with the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons in the NFL and her brother, David Harrison, played four seasons for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA... Her father earned a spot in the NFL Pro Bowl in 1981, while her brother was named to the All- Big XII First Team and earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2004 at Colorado...Names her father as her biggest sports influence because he has a successful past and helps her see that anything is possible... Lists shopping, sleeping, eating, deep sea diving and wakeboarding as her favorite hobbies... Especially enjoys Cocoa Puffs, Hot Cheetos, red kool aid and chocolate Nesquik...Former teammate Jessica Mooney plays college basketball for Vanderbilt...Chose Tennessee over Indiana, LSU and Chattanooga...Has 11 siblings, Idette, 32, Dennis, Jr., 31, Danielle, 30, David, 28, Dianne, 26, Daniel, 24, Della, 22, Isaiah, 18, Isabelle, 17, Ian, 15 and Dorie, 12...Deedee Miriam Harrison, the daughter of Dennis and Ida Harrison, was born on Feb. 11, 1990, in Nashville, Tenn.





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