April 7, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Allison Fitzgerald of Visitation Academy will join the Villanova volleyball team for the 2014-15 season, as she filled out all the necessary paper work to become a Wildcat. The 5'10 defensive specialist/libero joins middle blocker Cara Cunningham as part of the 2014 class.
"We are excited to have Allie as a part of the program. She is a reliable passer and sees the game very well," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach added. "Allie will excel academically, making her a perfect fit for Villanova. I expect that she will have an immediate impact in our gym."
As the team captain, Fitzgerald led Visitation Academy to a 29-5 record as a senior, which earned her First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State in Missouri. Fitzgerald was impressive throughout her high school career and was named First Team All-Conference as a junior and senior. She also earned First Team All-District honors since her sophomore campaign.
The St. Louis, Mo. native was a straight-A student and National Honor Society member throughout high school. She was part of the talented Rockwood Thunder Volleyball Club and helped her team place seventh and 11th twice at the USAV Open National Championships.
"I chose to attend Villanova because of the great academics, the beautiful campus and because I was so excited to be a part of Villanova's volleyball program," said Fitzgerald.
Defensive Specialist/Libero (5'10)
Visitation Academy: Earned four varsity letters in Volleyball ... As a senior, was named Varsity Team Captain, First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State ... Earned First Team All-Conference honors as a junior and senior ... Member of the All-District First Team as a sophomore, junior and senior ... National Honor Society member through high school ... Received Straight As since entering high school ... Member of the Rockwood Thunder Volleyball Club ... Led her club team to a seventh and pair of 11th place finishes at the USAV Open Nationals.
Personal: Born Oct. 15, 1995 in Milwaukee, Wis. ... Youngest of three children of John Fitzgerald and Patty Southerland ... Has two older siblings, Jason (30) and Ryne (21) ... Two of her aunts, Carry and Cathy Southerland, played volleyball at the University of Missouri ... Uncle, Steve Southerland, played baseball at Missouri ... Plans to study at the Villanova School of Business.