EAST GREENSBORO (November 13, 2018) – A year ago, Courteney Pitt (6-foot-1, sophomore, outside hitter, Farmville, N.C.) was Alyssa Pitt’s little sister on the North Carolina A&T volleyball team. In 2018, she is Courteney Pitt, first-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection.
The MEAC released its all-conference volleyball teams on Tuesday. Pitt stepped away from her older sister’s shadow in 2019 to become one of the most effective hitters in the MEAC. She was joined by teammate Andrea Laboy-Rivera (5-5, freshman, libero, Coamo, Puerto Rico) in all-conference accolades as Laboy-Rivera earned All-Rookie honors from the conference.
“We are very excited for Courteney and Andrea for making the all-conference teams,” said N.C. A&T head Hal Clifton.
Even with her big sister serving as a team leader when Pitt was a freshman, she still was second on the team with 2.40 kills per set despite making only nine starts.
She started to truly make a name for herself midway through September. Pitt took 33 attack attempts and turned them into a 20-kill performance with only one attack error in the Charm City Classic in Baltimore against Norfolk State. She would go on to become the first player since Arlene Mitchell in 2006 to put together three straight 20-kill performance when she followed up her Norfolk State outing with 24 kills at Morgan State on Sept. 21 and 24 kills at Coppin State on Sept. 22.
A week later she had another 20-kill performance in a three-set win over Bethune-Cookman at Moore Gymnasium. Going into this week’s MEAC Volleyball Championship, Pitt leads the conference in kills per set (4.06) and points per set (4.56). She is third in the conference in attacks per set (10.10). Nationally, she is ranked 41stin kills per set, 43rdin points per set and 111thin attacks per set.
“(Courteney) really stepped her game up this fall and was determined to be a better player from last year,” said Clifton. “She has been serving and blocking well too. We are very proud of her progression.”
Laboy-Rivera has been an excellent addition to the 2018 Aggies. She has not only been valuable to the Aggies defensively and in passing, but she is also a superb server. Laboy-Rivera is 22ndnationally and first in the conference in service aces per set (0.45). That has helped the Aggies rank sixth in the country in service aces per set (1.80).
But the back row is where she has been beneficial the most. In conference matches only, she leads the conference in digs per set (4.71). She is third in the league in digs per set (4.35) in all matches and fifth in the league in total digs (335).
“Andrea is also having a fantastic year,” Clifton said. “She is a joy to coach and she works very hard. Her court presence and her volleyball IQ are tremendous. She loves to compete, and we are proud of her for making the all-rookie team.”
Pitt, Laboy-Rivera and the rest of the Aggies will head to Washington, D.C., this week for the 2018 MEAC Volleyball Championship Tournament. The Aggies open 11 a.m., Thursday against Maryland Eastern Shore. A win would guarantee the Aggies their first winning season in 12 years.