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2016: A Year to Remember for Pitt Volleyball

The Panthers break a 12-Year NCAA Tournament Appearance Drought


Pitt Defeats No. 23 Dayton, 3-1; Punches Ticket to #NCAAVB Tournament Second Round

Panthers to Face No. 13 Penn State Saturday


Panthers Sweep Virginia Tech on Senior Night

Pitt Plays Its Final Regular Season Match Saturday


Pitt Concludes Regular Season with Virginia Tech, Virginia

Panthers Celebrate Senior Night Wednesday


Pitt Pushes Past Syracuse, 3-1

Panthers Continue Play Sunday at Boston College


Senior Night: Pitt vs. Virginia

Pitt swept Virginia on Senior Night to conclude its regular season.

AS A SENIOR (2016)
Was part of the first Pitt volleyball team to reach the NCAA Tournament in 12 years and the first to advance to the second round in 13 years… Ranks sixth in program history with 132 service aces… Recorded an assist, a service ace, and two digs in Pitt’s NCAA Tournament win over #23 Dayton… Had two service aces and two digs in a win over Virginia… Tallied two service aces and three digs against NC State… Recorded one kill, five assists, and a season-high 13 digs against Virginia Tech… Logged one kill and six digs against Notre Dame… Notched three kills, two service aces and seven digs in a shutout win over Clemson… Tallied nine kills, a hitting percentage of .667, two assists and two digs in a commanding win over Robert Morris… Had three kills and four digs against Coastal Carolina… Notched seven kills and five digs in her first game of the season against Liberty.  

aS A JUNIOR (2015)
Recorded  19 kills, 26 digs, and two block assists in the Nebraska Invite…Posted 12 kills, 23 digs, and a block assist in the Pitt/Duquesne Invitational…Notched 17 kills, 15 digs, and 2 block assists in the Michigan Challenge…Made the Panther Invitational All-Tournament Team…Recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 kills along with a new career-high (15) digs against Bowling Green in the tournament…Notched five kills, 10 digs, and three block assists against Lehigh…Tallied a career-high (7) total blocks against George Washington…Recorded nine kills, eight digs, and five total blocks against NC State…Had nine kills and seven digs in a win over North Carolina…Notched six kills and eight digs at Virginia Tech…Posted seven kills and a career-high (19) digs at Virginia…Posted seven kills and 17 digs at Syracuse…Ended the weekend with Boston College recording six kills, seven digs, and a block assist…Recorded her second season double-double against Georgia Tech with 15 kills and 11 digs…Finished the weekend up against Clemson with four kills and 11 digs…Notched 17 digs along with 5 kills against Duke…Tallied a double-double with 12 kills and a career-high 23 digs at Louisville, …Recorded 14 digs against Notre Dame…Led team with 16 digs against Virginia Tech…Added 11 kills with a .409 hitting percentage in the Virginia sweep.

Named Tournament MVP and made the All-Tournament team at the Hampton Inn Invitational... Recorded 10 kills against Georgia Southern at the Omni Classic...Notched 10 kills against Niagara...Posted three service aces against Norfolk State...Recorded 12 kills and nine digs against the University of South Florida in the Pitt Panthers Invitational...Notched eight kills against Sacred Heart in the same tournament...Recorded nine digs and 14 kills against LIU...Had 7 kills and 13 digs versus UNC...Recorded 9 kills and 12 digs against Notre Dame...Notched 13 kills and 7 digs at Syracuse...Recorded a double-double with 15 kills, a season-high, and 13 digs at Clemson...Notched 12 kills, 7 digs and 1 service ace against Florida State...Recorded a double-double with 13 kills, 4 aces and 15 digs versus Louisville...Set a new career-high in kills (20), along with 14 digs and a season-high four block assists at Duke...Recorded seven kills and seven digs against Miami...Tallied nine kills and nine digs versus Virginia...Contributed 20 kills, two service aces and 10 digs at Louisville.

As a true freshman, Genitsaridi played in 33 matches this season totaling 214 kills, 208 digs, 40 block assists and 48 service aces, placing second in the ACC for overall aces… Tallied 10 kills and five digs in a 3-1 victory of South Dakota… Put together solid back-to-back performances at Connecticut and South Florida by posting stat lines of 11 kills and 14 digs and 10 kills and 11 digs respectively… In a 3-1 win at Rutgers, had nine kills, four digs and two block assists… In a home match versus Virginia, Maria had seven kills to go along with 11 digs… Again had strong consecutive performances at Notre Dame and at home versus Wake Forest with combined totals of 28 kills and 19 digs, including a career-high 15 kills against the Demon Deacons…Finished the year strong by registering 10 kills and 13 digs at Virginia and 13 kills and nine digs at Virginia Tech.

Prior to Pitt
Played for the Greece National Team...Was named the Best Hitter at the Junior Championship of Greece...Was the top scorer at the Junior Championship with the national team...Placed 8th in Europe with the Greece national team...Was 3rd in Greece with her club team (Athlesi Irakliov).

Daughter of Venetia Nikolidaki and Theodwros Genitsaridi ... Has a younger brother, Zaxarias... Major is undecided.
Made the Panther Invitational All-Tournament Team…Recorded 15 kills along with a new career-high (15) digs against Bowling Green in the tournament…

Maria Genitsaridi

Maria  Genitsaridi


Crete, Greece

High School:
11th High School of Heraklion



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