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Pitt Volleyball Lands Top Setter in the Class of 2026



Pitt volleyball commit Isabelle Hoppe

Dan Fisher and Pitt volleyball are coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances, and obviously, the goal is to get back every year. The newest Pitt commitment may help achieve that goal.

Pitt secured a commitment from Isabelle Hoppe — a 5-foot-7 setter from Pine-Richland in Gibsonia — Tuesday afternoon, she announced on Instagram. She is the first commitment in the class of 2026, starting it off in a major way with one of the top recruits in the class.

Hoppe took to Instagram to announce her commitment, writing:

“I am SO excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my athletic and academic career at the University of Pittsburgh! The biggest thank you to my parents for providing me with constant love, support and every opportunity to make me as successful as possible. Thank you to my AVC family, Dave Evans, Angela Sermon, Pitt Elite, USAV, NTDP, and Ellie for sitting through all of my tournaments whether she enjoyed it or not.

“And thank you to Coach Fish, Kellen, Kama, Michael, and Shaun for believing in me and providing this amazing opportunity. I would not be where I am without their support. H2P!!”

Hoppe is ranked as the 7th-best recruit (top-ranked setter) in the class of 2026 by PrepVolleyball, and she was selected for the U19 National Team by USA Volleyball. She will travel to Honduras next month to compete in the NORCECA Girls Continental Championship.

She has previously camped at UCLA, Texas A&M, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Notre Dame and earned AVCA Phenom honors and a USAV NTDP 2024 Training Series invite.

Hoppe has a connection with Pitt that goes beyond her commitment, too. Her father Chris is a Deputy Athletic Director in the Pitt Athletic Department, serving as an administrator for men’s basketball, swimming & diving and volleyball.

Pitt is welcoming four freshmen in the class of 2024 this season, middle blockers Bianca Garibaldi and Ryla Jones, setter/right-side hitter Kiana Dinn and libero Mallorie Meyer. And the Panthers currently have two commitments in the class of 2025, middle blocker/outside hitter Abbey Emch and outside hitter Samara Coleman.

Pitt opens the 2024 season on the road this year, traveling to Eugene, Ore. to take on a talented Ducks squad that knocked off the Panthers in five sets last September and advanced to the Elite 8 in each of the past two seasons.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

And probably doesn’t even need to take up a scholarship spot.

1 month ago

Love it!!!

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