Trojan Volleyball Inks Two During Early Signing Period

ANDERSON, S.C. – Head volleyball coach Craig Mosqueda has announced that high school standouts Hailey Pittman and Shannon Gillespie have signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Anderson University next season.

Pittman was a two-year varsity team captain for the Orangewood Christian (Maitland, Fla.) Lady Rams, earning Most Valuable Player honors last season at the 2010 Tournament of Champions. Pittman was instrumental throughout her career in leading Coach Diane Langmo’s Lady Rams to postseason play every year.

The 5-foot-11 middle blocker earned first-team all-district honors following both her junior and senior seasons and received the 2009 MVP Offense Award. Pittman received the Most Improved Player Award as a sophomore and earned the Good Sportsmanship Award following a varsity game against Masters Academy in Sept., 2009.

Pittman achieved off the court as well, earning academic honors and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has served as Treasurer of the Community Service Club and is a member of the "Big Sister" program.

“We are very excited to be adding Hailey to our roster in 2011,” Mosqueda said. “She is a great student and will make an immediate impact on the program. Hailey played for one of the best club programs in the south and was a huge contributor. She brings great experience with her and is a great blocker. She can hit a wide variety of sets. Hailey is an excellent leader and we are looking forward to her contributions on and off the court.”

Gillespie is an outside hitter from Fishers High School (Fishers, Ind.) who was a four year varsity letter winner, starting every match for the last three seasons. In her senior season, Gillespie led the Tigers with a hitting percentage of .305, a kill tally of 440, and was second in aces with 52. Gillespie left the Fishers program holding numerous records, including most kills in a single match, most career attempts, most career kills and most career wins.

She earned four varsity letters (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and garnered HCC All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2008 and followed up with All-Conference accolades the past two seasons. Gillespie was named second team all-state and to the Indianapolis Star First-Team All- North at the conclusion of the 2010 campaign.

Gillespie was selected to the First Team All-North squad by the Indianapolis Star and was invited to try out for the ICGSA Senior All Star match by the Indiana Girls Coaches Association.

The coaching staff of Fishers High School noted that “Shannon Gillespie is the most influential player to ever play in the program’s history. Shannon is a leader in the weight room, on the court, and in the locker room. She exemplifies everything that a coach wants out of a high school student and athlete.”

“We are very excited about Shannon joining our program especially after the loss of such a strong senior class,” Mosqueda added. “Shannon is an excellent player who is very skilled on offense and defense. I watched her team play in Orlando this past summer and she was a very dominate player who helped her team finish third at AAU Nationals. Shannon helped lead her team to a record season and she set several school records throughout her high school career. She is also an excellent student.”
The Trojans wrapped up the 2010 season with an 18-15 mark and battled third-seeded Lincoln Memorial to five sets before falling in the opening round of the conference tournament.   

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