Haleigh Washington Begins Pro Volleyball Career In Italy
Haleigh Washington’s career with the Nittany Lions ended with a return trip to the Final Four for the first time since she was a freshman in 2014. Now she’s set her sights on new goals at the professional level.
The former Penn State women’s volleyball star joined Italian pro team Olimpia Teodora Ravenna. The club is currently ninth in the standings of the 17-team Italian second division, Serie A2.
Ravenna sounds excited to get one of college volleyball’s best middle blockers from the past few years. The team’s head coach, Simone Angelini, said that she’s been active in her first few days practicing with the team and that she’ll fit well in the lineup.
“Already in the first training Haleigh has shown an excellent presence. I am convinced that in the field it will give us the extra incentive for some rotation with the power stations, and create some situations in which the opponents will have to mark her and then free someone else and so on,” Angelini told Ravenna Today, roughly translated from Italian.
It also seems that the exuberant Nittany Lion hasn’t had a problem adjusting to a new team.
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Miles Sanders, Trace McSorley, and Ricky Slade ran wild Friday night against Illinois, leading the Nittany Lions to a lopsided victory.
Penn State continued to rotate heavily on both sides of the ball in its 63-24 win over the Illini Friday night.
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