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Hard work pays off

The broken foot costing Ashley Harris a year of high school volleyball motivated the Casa Grande standout to become stronger and better. Her reward: a University of Arizona scholarship.

Harris is enjoying quite a November. In addition to signing with Arizona, she made the American Volleyball Coaches Association Girls High School All-America First Team.

"It's exciting," Harris said. "College is going to be a wake-up call. But I have amazing coaches that are getting me ready."

Such has been the work ethic for the once gangly prodigy who has developed into an all-around force on the court.

Now a coordinated 6-foot-7, Harris was born to spike a volleyball. But she put in extra practice and more weight-room sessions to twice make the All-Empire team. Harris digs, kills, handles serves and blocks with the best.

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