Volleyball: Guyer’s Pittman Commits to Texas State

Volleyball: Guyer’s Pittman Commits to Texas State

Guyer’s volleyball team couldn’t have been more red hot to start this season, thanks to a dynamic roster loaded with talent. Now, college coaches are beginning to take notice.

Mallory Pittman, a senior outside hitter and middle blocker, announced on August 19 that she has verbally committed to play Division I volleyball at Texas State next fall. Her announcement gives Guyer two Division I commitments, as teammate Kate Cowan is pledged to LSU.

Neither Pittman nor Cowan can sign a letter of intent until the early signing period on Nov. 8.

“It’s been my dream to play Division I volleyball since I was in the seventh grade,” Pittman told the Denton
Record-Chronicle on the day of her commitment. “They ended up loving me and I really loved them, so it ended up working out. It’s awesome for this dream to become a reality.”

Guyer coach Heather Van Noy said Pittman’s versatility makes her extremely valuable. Not only can she play outside hitter and middle, but she’s also a standout as a right-side hitter.

Her experience has Guyer brimming with confidence as it continues on in District 6-6A action. The Lady Wildcats, who missed the playoffs in an uncharacteristic down year last season, close the first half of league play against Wylie on Sept. 26 and Plano East on Sept. 29.

Then it’s on to the playoffs, which begin Oct. 30.

Van Noy has a solid core of returning players back for her first year at the helm, including Cowan, Pittman, Caroline Orozco, Hope Kennedy, and Shea Slusser. Cowan rolled up 690 digs and 15 aces last year to earn libero of the year honors in District 6-6A.

It also helps to have a coach like Van Noy pacing the sideline, and anyone who knows her will agree that she doesn’t waste any time. Van Noy said there are big plans in store for the Lady Wildcats who, despite last year’s struggles, need to be reminded that they were in the third round of the playoffs two seasons ago in the state’s largest classification. This is a program that knows how to win, and Van Noy won’t hesitate to do what she needs to do to make her team successful.

The longtime Denton-area coach spent the first six seasons of her coaching career as an assistant at Guyer before taking over at Lake Dallas just down the road. She spent six seasons at Lake Dallas, compiling a 143-91 record while taking her team to the third round of the playoffs twice.

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