Aggie Volleyball Signs Three
GREENSBORO (November 30, 2016) – Coming off their fourth consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament appearance, North Carolina A&T volleyball coach Hal Clifton announced the signing of three players for the Class of 2017 on Tuesday.
Edie Brewer (6-foot, setter, Lakota East High School, West Chester, Ohio), Courtney Pitt (6-1, outside hitter, Farmville Central HS, Farmville, N.C.) and Fatimah Shabazz (6-0, middle hitter, Northwest HS, Cincinnati, Ohio) will try to add to the recent success of Aggies volleyball.
This is a very strong class and we couldn’t be more excited that they have chosen North Carolina A&T for their college career,” said Clifton. “This group of young ladies brings in height, athleticism and a lot of high level volleyball experience. As our program continues to mature these three ladies will make an immediate impact along with our returners as we continue to eye a MEAC championship.”
Brewer is a two-year varsity player who was named conference player of the year and was an all-district and all-state honorable mention. During the 2016 season, Brewer was named first-team all-conference and second-team all-district. An honor roll student throughout high school, Brewer will study computer science. Edie was selected as one of 19 members to the Junior Volleyball Association All-American team in 2016 representing the 2017 class. Her club team is Elevation 18-Lovett.
“Edie is a fantastic player that is both effective at the setter position and as a hitter. She has really smooth hands and at six-foot, delivers a quick ball to the middle but can also hit her targets on the pins,” said Clifton. “Edie is also an excellent attacker and blocker when in the front row. She will provide our team with a lot of balance and gives us the flexibility to run a 5-1 or a 6-2.”
Pitt, whose sister Alyssa will be a senior for the Aggies in 2017, played four years on varsity at Farmville Central High School. She will bring height and athleticism to the Aggies squad after averaging 4.92 kills per set last season. Her club team is East Carolina Juniors Volleyball Club.
“We’ve liked Courteney’s game for a long time and are glad that she decided to bring it here to North Carolina A&T,” said Clifton. “She has a lot of experience as a middle and as an outside hitter playing both in club and high school. She has a powerful arm and a great build to be dominant at the net. Her ability to hit lots of tempo sets will make our offense more diverse. Her ability to terminate balls will add a lot to our outside hitter position.”
Shabazz was 2016 co-player of the year in her conference and was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior and senior. Her club team is Tri-State Elite Volleyball Club.
“I first saw Fatimah play at the Bluegrass tournament and knew that she would be a great fit to our program in the middle,” said Clifton. “She is really quick along the net and her ability to play above the net is very exciting. She has a fast arm swing and can really generate some pace behind the ball. Due to her leaping ability she can create angles to hit shots that will be hard to defend.”
The Aggies volleyball season will open in August. Follow N.C. A&T volleyball on Twitter at @ncatvolleyball.