Penn State volleyball outside hitter Simone Lee wrapped up her career with the Nittany Lions by leading the squad back to the Final Four. Now she’s ready for the next chapter — starting her professional career in Italy.
The Big Ten Player of the Year signed on with Imoco Volley Conegliano — a club founded in 2012 that took home the 2015-16 league title from Italy’s top division, Serie A1, as well as winning the Italian Super Cup in December of 2016 and Coppa Italia (which, apparently, are different tournaments) a few months later.
The club, which featured former Penn State star and Olympic silver medalist Megan Hodge Easy prior to an achilles tendon injury, sits at the top of the league midway through the 2017-18 season with a 10-1 record. Lee will play alongside U.S. national team outside hitter Kimberly Hill, who is coming off a bronze medal effort at the 2016 Olympics.
Imoco stated in a press release that club co-president Pietro Maschio spotted Lee at his trip to the Final Four in Kansas City — noticing the Penn State player for her “devastating attack,” technique, and athleticism similar to that of Hodge Easy.
Lee will join the club at the beginning of January.