Huge news for the Pitt volleyball program, as senior All-Americans Kayla Lund and Chinaza Ndee both have decided to use their extra season of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will return for the 2021 Pitt volleyball season.
Ndee and Lund were both named to an AVCA All-America team, becoming the first two Panthers players to receive that honor in the same season. For Lund, it was the second straight season making the All-America Second Team. For Ndee, it was the first time in her career getting named as an All-American (2nd team).
“It was an easy decision for me,” said Lund. “It was almost more like, ‘Why wouldn’t I want to stay?’ Pittsburgh has become my second home. The poeple I have met here mean so much to me. My teammates, coaches and everyone who is a part of the Pitt volleyball program are such special people in my life that I couldn’t walk away from. Pittsburgh has shaped me into the woman and ahtlete that I am, given me amazing opportunities to succeed on and off the court, and blessed me with amazing people that I love very much. I’d start all over here if I could just so I could get four more years.”
“I am so excited and grateful to be able to see what new heights we can reach next season,” said Ndee. “We have a lot of talented players coming in next season as well, so I’m looking forward to playing with them and seeing how they contribute to our program. This team has meant so much to me over the past four years so any chance to make even more memories is a blessing.”
Dan Fisher’s program made history this season as they advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time, losing a five-set match to No. 6 Washington in the regional final. It was the Panthers longest run in the NCAA Tournament.