Virginia Fitch joins the volleyball program after two seasons at American University.
March 23, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Virginia Fitch has completed a grant-in-aid agreement to attend East Carolina University and play volleyball for the Pirates beginning in the fall of 2012, according to an announcement Friday by head coach Pati Rolf.
Fitch, a 6-3 middle hitter, joins the ECU program after spending two seasons at American University where she helped the Eagles win the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles each campaign. AU also advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years via the league's automatic berth into the event.
"We are excited Virginia has chosen East Carolina as a place to call home," Rolf said. "She is a North Carolinian and understands the importance of work and commitment. She brings a strong level of blocking to our team with her tremendous size and we are excited to have her join our growing family."
Before experiencing limited playing time last season, Fitch appeared in 22 matches during the 2010 campaign and started two. She recorded a career-best six blocks against league foe Holy Cross on her way to notching totals of 16 kills and 18 blocks as well as producing a solid .231 hitting percentage. American nearly pulled a huge upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that season, falling in five sets to No. 9 UCLA in Austin, Texas.
Fitch attended Sanderson High School in Raleigh, N.C., where she was a three-year Academic All-Conference selection. She earned membership to the National Honor Society and was elected as junior class president while also participating in the photography club, Spartan Special Friends, yearbook committee and student government.
As a member of the North Carolina Elite Volleyball Club, Fitch helped the squad to a ninth-place finish at the 2009 North Carolina Elite AAU Tournament. NC Elite also qualified for a pair of United States Volleyball Junior Olympic national tournaments.