Pitt Volleyball leaves for an 11-day tour of Spain and Italy

Pitt Volleyball leaves for an 11-day tour of Spain and Italy

08/05/2022 10:00:00

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team left the United States on Saturday night to begin an 11-day tour of Spain and Italy.

From May 7 to 18, the Panthers will visit five European cities. In Spain, Pitt will make stops in Tarragona and Barcelona, ​​followed by the Italian destinations of Rome, Florence and Milan.

The Panthers will play a minimum of four games against professional international competition during the 11-day tour. Notably, Pitt will face some of the best competition in the world during his time in Italy.

Daily trip content, including limited match coverage, will be shared with the team European Tour Center as well as Twitter, instagram and Facebook.

The head coach Dan Fisher is no stranger to Spain, having spent three professional seasons in the country playing in Tarragona, Madrid and Tenerife between the years 2000-03.

After the Panthers arrive in Barcelona, ​​the team’s itinerary includes visits to La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell and Montjuic.

Next, Pitt’s three-night stay in Rome will include a visit to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City in addition to sights such as the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

The Panthers will travel north from Florence for a two-night stay that includes visits to Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo.

For the final two-night leg of the tour, Pitt will travel to Milan, where they will visit Sforza Castle, the Duomo, the Galleria and La Scala.


Panthers will bring three starters home in 2022, including AVCA All-American middle blockers Serena Gray and Chiamaka Nwokoloas well as seasoned libero Ashley Browske. Pitt is in good hands with the senior passer on the rise Lexis Akeoin addition to being a second-year passer Rachel Fairbankswho caused a stir in his first NCAA tournament in December.

Complementing the spring returns are outside hitters Valeria Vazquez Gomez and cat floodmedium blocker Sabrina Starkright side Eliana Posada and Libero/Defensive Specialist Emmy Klika.

New arrivals include transfers Julianna Dalton (outside hitter, Washington State) and Courtney Buzzerio (right side, Iowa) plus two freshmen: Libero/Defensive Specialist Dillyn Griffin and central blocker Rachel Jepsen.

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Edward K. Thompson