Akeo Returns to Pitt Volleyball Program as Volunteer Assistant
2/1/2021 1:14:00 PM
PITTSBURGH – Former ACC Setter of the Yr Kamalani Akeo will return to the Pitt volleyball program as volunteer assistant coach underneath Dan Fisher, introduced Monday.
“We’re so glad to have Kamalani again at Pitt,” Fisher mentioned. “Her experiences as a collegiate participant, in addition to two years taking part in skilled volleyball abroad, along with the kind of individual she is, makes her a beautiful function mannequin for our gamers. She’s going to make a right away impression on our group. I’ve all the time felt Kama has the qualities to be an ideal coach, and it is becoming that she begins her teaching profession right here. We’re honored to have her again in Pittsburgh.”
A 2019 Panther Award winner and member of Pitt’s prestigious Varsity Stroll, Akeo returns to Oakland following two skilled seasons abroad, most not too long ago taking part in for OK Nova KBM Branik in Slovenia in 2020.
“I am so excited to be again on campus, and again with the group,” Akeo mentioned. “I am grateful to Coach Fisher and stoked in regards to the alternative to be taught extra from my former coaches. I need to do no matter I can to assist this group attain all of its objectives this upcoming season.”
Akeo’s collegiate profession accolades at Pitt embrace being named this system’s first ACC Setter of the Yr in 2016, along with two alternatives to the American Volleyball Coaches Affiliation (AVCA) All-East Coast Area Staff (2016, 2017). She earned a nod to the All-ACC First Staff in 2017, and the All-ACC Second Staff in 2016. Akeo’s management helped the Panthers earn their first two ACC Championships, in 2017 and 2018. Pitt competed in three NCAA Tournaments throughout Akeo’s profession (2016, 2017, 2018), reaching the second spherical in every season.
Akeo ranks third all-time within the Pitt volleyball document e-book with 3,956 profession assists between 2015-18. She posted this system’s high two seasons throughout the rally scoring period (2008-pres.) by way of assists with 1,379 in 2016 and 1,258 in 2017.
Akeo graduated from the College of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a bachelor’s diploma in human useful resource administration and advertising and marketing.
Akeo’s youthful sister, Lexis, additionally a setter, is a sophomore on the present Pitt roster. Lexis earned recognition on the All-ACC Freshman Staff and All-ACC Second Staff in 2019.
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