There was a special display in the reception area of our administrative offices this past week. It immediately greeted everyone who walked in—university visitors, athletic department staff, student-athletes and even delivery people.
And that was the idea. We didn’t want anyone to miss this.
On a tall pedestal draped with a blue cloth was the Atlantic Coast Conference 2017 Volleyball Champion trophy.
Our volleyball team, under the leadership of Head Coach Dan Fisher, captured the first ACC championship in program history. The team clinched the title in emphatic fashion, winning its final nine matches, including a sweep of Virginia on the road Thanksgiving weekend, to bring that trophy back to Pittsburgh for the first time.
It was a historic accomplishment, not only for Pitt volleyball but our athletic department as a whole.
Upon my arrival, we talked about Pitt Athletics winning only one team title (wrestling) in our four years of ACC competition. Now we can make it two and counting. We don’t intend to stop there.
We celebrated our volleyball team’s achievement with a new tradition called Breakfast of Champions in the main lobby of the Petersen Events Center where our entire department congratulated our student-athletes and coaching staff. Coach Fisher was also honored as the ACC Coach of the Year and three of his student-athletes—Nika Markovic, Kamalani Akeo and Stephanie Williams—were named first team All-ACC.