Clarion U. Volleyball Adds Three Recruits

| February 1, 2019

CLARION, Pa. – Clarion volleyball head coach Jennifer Herron announced this week that the Golden Eagles had added three additional student-athletes for the 2019 season, senior transfer Holly Pittman and a pair of freshmen in London Fuller and Lydia Leiner.

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“We are absolutely thrilled to be adding these three athletes to our program,” Herron said. “We felt that they were the perfect complement to our current student-athletes and the five incoming freshmen who signed in the fall. This group has proven that they have a strong desire to compete and have had a great deal of success, and they will enhance the strong tradition of our program.”

Pittman is a 6-0 middle blocker from Valencia, Calif. that spent two years at Northwest College (Wyo.) and the 2018 season at Chaminade, and has already begun attending Clarion and training with the team. She was an All-Region IX North and Region IX North All-Tournament team selection in 2017, earning Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference (WCCAC) Second Team honors that year. A Biochemistry major, she was a two-time WCCAC All-Academic selection and a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All-American.

She was also a standout in her high school career, helping Valencia win the Foothill League title, the school’s first-ever California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Division 1A final and a berth in the CIF State Volleyball Division I Tournament. Pittman was named to the All-Foothill League Second Team as well as a Santa Clarita Valley Signal Honorable Mention.

“Holly is an athlete we actively recruited out of Northwest College a year ago, and we were fortunate she decided to join us for her final season of eligibility,” Herron said. “She is a passionate student-athlete who brings a wealth of skill and leadership to our program. She is extremely driven, vocal and self-motivated and we felt that she would make a strong impact in our program after the graduation of two starting middle hitters.”

Fuller is a 5-10 setter from Baltimore, Md., where she set Baltimore Polytechnic Institute to four consecutive division and city championships. A four-year starter and two-year team captain, Fuller was named one of the Baltimore Sun’s Players to Watch three straight years from 2016-18 and was named to the 2018 All-Metro team. She was also a five-year starter at setter for Baltimore Elite Volleyball Club. Fuller intends to major in Biology.

“London is highly athletic, jumps well and gets better each time we see her compete,” Herron said. “She is one of the most competitive athletes we have ever had the opportunity to coach, and we feel with consistent training will flourish in our program and in a strong conference. She has a strong arm and could also find some time as an attacker.”

Leiner also comes to Clarion from Baltimore, where she was a 5-9 outside hitter at Liberty High School. She was a three-time All-County First Team Carroll County selection from 2016-18, a two-time All-Metro Second Team selection in Baltimore from 2016-17, and a two-time Liberty Volleyball Player of the Year from 2017-18. Leiner earned the AVCA Maryland Player of the Week three times in her career, including twice in 2018 and once in 2017, and earned spots on three all-tournament teams in her high school career. She intends to major in Computer Science.

“We have had the opportunity to see Lydia develop immensely over the past year,” Herron said. “We have been extremely pleased with her strong work ethic, desire to increase her volleyball IQ and improve her game as a whole. She is a versatile athlete who can attack from both pins. We feel that she will provide depth and athleticism in the outside hitter position.

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