Cipolletti, Lomeli head to four-year schools
Key members of Region I Division II runners-up find homes at pair of NCAA Division II schools
Phoenix, Arizona – August 11, 2014 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that two members of the PC Volleyball team have signed their official letters of intent to attend four-year universities and play volleyball this coming fall. Bears’ setter Danielle Cipolletti (sih-poh-LET-tee) has signed with the Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware; while outside hitter Keanna Lomeli (kee-AH-nuh loh-MEL-lee) has decided her next collegiate step will be taken at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. The announcement comes just over two weeks before their ex-Bears’ teammates take the court for the Bears’ 2014 regular season opener against Scottsdale on August 29th at “The Bears’ Den” on the PC campus.
-The two student-athletes came into the 2013 season both having the honor of playing in the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament for the Bears, but not actually having played together. Danielle Cipolletti first arrived on the PC campus in the summer of 2012 looking to learn from incumbent sophomore (and eventual 2012 All-ACCAC/All-Region I) setter Kayla Kane as she worked for playing time. Cipolletti saw action in 13 matches in her freshman campaign, including a pair of matches in the NJCAA DII Tournament that winter. Even in limited time, Cipolletti found a way to average over six assists per set with 187 assists overall, which gave PC Head Volleyball Coach Amanda Liebermann the confidence to make Cipolletti her starting setter for 2013. Cipolletti responded by playing in 24 of the Bears’ 30 matches as a sophomore, and was instrumental in the team’s late-season push to reach the Region I Championship Match for the fourth straight season. Cipolletti wound 4th in the conference in 2013-both in assists per set (8.26) and in assists overall (743).
-Meanwhile, Keanna Lomeli’s journey with PC lasted one more year than Cipolletti’s. Lomeli graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix in 2011, and promptly jumped right into a starting position at outside hitter as a Bears’ freshman. Lomeli was all over the place for Liebermann’s 2011 Region I Championship team, with 126 kills and 24 blocks at the net, 140 digs on the backline, and 13 aces on service in leading the team to the national tournament. Lomeli decided to redshirt in 2012, learning more about the game from the bench, but came back in 2013 to use that extra year of maturity to her advantage. Lomeli responded with a very strong sophomore campaign, finishing the ACCAC Top 10 in kills (331) and 3rd on the team in digs (241). Her kills per set (2.76) also landed her in the top 20 in the conference in that category, and she also added another 27 aces.