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Riverview senior volleyball player commits to RMU

| Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, 11:59 p.m.
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Riverview's Arden Fisher (#21) lunges for the ball during the game against Central Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch

When Riverview senior outside hitter Arden Fisher gets advice on volleyball from her mother, she takes it seriously — and for good reason.

Fisher plans to follow in the footsteps of her mom, Charlotte, and play against Division I college competition.

The 5-foot-11 Fisher recently made a verbal commitment to Robert Morris. Last fall, she was named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association's Class A all-state team after guiding Riverview to the WPIAL quarterfinals for the first time since 1989.

Charlotte (Gillespie) Fisher was a standout setter at Eastern Kentucky. She still holds two Ohio Valley Conference records.

“She's the one who taught me the basics of volleyball when I was really young,” said Fisher, who has played competitively for about seven years. “She's been at every game, club tournament and practice. She's encouraging. She doesn't tell me what I can and can't do. I just love it.”

Riverview coach DeAnn Sloan has been friends with Fisher's mother for a while and respects her volleyball knowledge. Sloan said she does a good job playing the role of supportive parent without being overbearing.

“Charlotte is great about offering advice when you ask for it,” Sloan said. “She's smart with her own kids. Sometimes, it's hard to offer advice and have it received appropriately. She's good about letting coaches do the coaching, especially during games.”

Fisher can sign a letter of intent during the NCAA's early signing period, which starts Nov. 14.

She said Division II Indiana (Pa.) also offered a full scholarship, and Division I Pitt promised to consider awarding a scholarship after her first season. Robert Morris and IUP recruited her as a six-rotation outside hitter, while Pitt projected her as a defensive specialist.

Fisher is excited about continuing her work at the net with Latrobe senior middle hitter April Krivoniak, who also made a verbal commitment to Robert Morris. They were teammates on Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball's 17 Premier Lynda team this summer and competed in tournaments as far away as Indianapolis.

“I think, all around, Robert Morris was the best fit for me,” Fisher said.

Fisher's entire family is involved in volleyball.

Charlotte, a Norwin graduate, set Ohio Valley Conference records for service aces in a single season (111) and career (330) while at Eastern Kentucky from 1981-84. She dabbled in pro volleyball in Spain for a year.

Arden's older sister, Hannah, graduated from Riverview, played at Division II Wheeling Jesuit and is now an assistant coach at Riverview. Her brother, Cal, who is entering seventh grade, is a member of Pittsburgh Volleyball Club. And her father, Chip, plays recreationally.

“Her mom is about 5-11, and her dad is 6-4 or 6-5,” Sloan said. “You can tell she comes from a family of height. They all look like volleyball players.”

Paul Kogut is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at pkogut@tribweb.com or 724-224-2696.

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