Five days after securing one of the most coveted transfers in the portal in former Iowa right-side hitter Courtney Buzzerio, Pitt volleyball is continuing to add to its 2022 roster and beyond.
Rachel Jepsen has committed to Pitt’s 2022 recruiting class, according to Club V Volleyball. Jepson, a 6-foot-4 middle hitter from Olympus High School and Club V Volleyball, had originally committed to Notre Dame but asked for (and was granted) a release from her National Letter of Intent after former ND head coach Mike Johnson did not return.
In Notre Dame volleyball’s original press release naming its 2022 recruiting class, Jepson’s on- and off-the-court resume was highlighted.
“A four-year letterwinner at Olympus High School, Jepsen was a three-time invitee to train with the USA Volleyball National Training Development Program.,” The release said. “Jepsen earned academic high honor roll honors each of the past four years, and actively served her community via the “Friend to Friend” service organization that organizes monthly community service opportunities for students. She also competed on the club side for Club V.”
While Jepson may not make an immediate impact for Pitt volleyball in 2022, she’s a big — literally — addition to the program that will add size and versatility up the middle of the court.
Pitt finished the 2021 season 30-4 and 15-3 in the ACC. And with head coach Dan Fisher entering a new contract, despite the losses of Kayla Lund, Chinaza Ndee and Leketor Member-Meneh, Pitt should be well equipped to continue building on a program that reached the Final Four last season.
The additions of Buzzerio and Washington State transfer outside-hitter Julianna Dalton should help Pitt reload entering next season.