According to several recent reports, 5-6 Jr. OH Kendall Pierce, from Eden High School, Eden, New York and Niagara Frontier Volleyball Club, has committed to Penn State for the 2012 season. In an interview with the BuffaloNews.com , her coach at Eden, Stephen Pierce (who is also her uncle), described Kendall as a natural libero, although she plays OH for the Eden Raiders.
Kendall has been compared by some to Penn State’s current starting libero Alyssa D’Errico. For the complete BuffaloNews.com article, Click Here. MetroWNY.com had this to say about Kendall and her sister Lainy, in an article on September 24, 2010: “Though [the Eden Raiders] don’t have the size of past years, the Raiders are developing some big-time hitters in the middle of the court, where junior Kendall Pierce and freshman Lainy Pierce are sisters with enormous talent.” For the complete article, Click Here.
Kendall Pierce is the daughter of former Penn State volleyball All-American Robert Pierce, who played for the Nittany Lions from 1986 to 1989. Robert Pierce set the Nittany Lion single-season service ace record with 47 aces, and held it until 2007, when it was broken by Max Holt’s 55. He is now the Director of the Eden Volleyball Club. Kendall’s mother also was a scholarship athlete at Penn State. For a blast from the past for long-time Penn State Volleyball fans, here’s a 1988 article from the Los Angeles Times, writing about the 1988 Penn State Men’s Volleyball team.