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  Michelle Rossi
Michelle Rossi

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

High School:
Padua Franciscan

Height:
5-5

Position:
LIB

AS A JUNIOR (2008)
Michelle Rossi saw time in 115 sets as the team's libero...tallied 478 digs for a 4.16 dpg average: second in the Big East...an AVCA Northeast Regional honorable mention...tallied 15 or more digs in 16 matches and recorded nine matches with 20 or more...boasted 24 digs in the first game of the season against Kentucky...recorded a match-high 21 digs against Cincinnati...tallied 11 digs in the Big East Tournament match against Louisville...added 25 digs against WVU...collected a set-high nine digs and 20 digs total against Notre Dame...recorded 24 digs against Kentucky....chipped in 16 digs against Western Carolina...tallied 24 digs against Ohio...posted 22 digs in the Duquesne match...chipped in 21 digs against Gonzaga...tied a career-high with 32 digs against Eastern Michigan...posted 19 digs against Villanova...earned 19 digs against Seton Hall...set a career-high against USF with three service aces...posted 18 digs against USF...recorded 20 digs against Georgetown...posted 20 digs against Notre Dame...tallied 15 digs against Youngstown State...posted 25 digs against West Virginia...earned 16 digs against Connecticut.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2007)
Rossi started every contest as the Panther's libero...averaged 5.04 digs per game...ended the season ranked 71st nationally in digs per game...used four games in the five-game thriller against Marquette to post a career-high 32 digs...recorded 25 digs in the UAB match...posted 22 digs against Duquesne and 20 against Wake Forest...tied a career-high two aces in the Buffalo contest...tied a then season-high 22 digs against San Diego...named to the All-San Diego Invitational team...recorded a then-season and conference best 25 digs against Notre Dame...left the floor to make diving plays, keeping Pitt in play during the thrilling match against the Fighting Irish...chipped in 15 digs in the DePaul contest...tallied 23 digs against UConn...recorded a team-high 24 digs against Villanova...chipped in a career-high two kills at South Florida...chipped in 26 digs during a mid-week match against Robert Morris...tallied 16 digs and 17 digs in back-to-back matches against Cincinnati and Louisville.

AS A FRESHMAN (2006)
As only the second libero in school history, Rossi opened her freshman campaign ready to take control...had 20 or more digs in six contests of her debut season...recorded 21 digs and two assists against Ole Miss (Aug. 26)...contributed 18 digs and one assist against Northeastern (Sept. 2)...had 13 digs and one assist against No. 12 Tennessee (Sept. 8)...named to the Pittsburgh Invitational's All-Tournament team...recorded 28 digs and a service ace against Northwestern (Sept. 15)...had 20 digs and a service ace against USF (Oct. 8)...had the first kill of her career and nine digs against West Virginia (Oct. 13)...contributed a career-high 31 digs for a 7.75 average against Notre Dame (Nov. 11) to earn Rookie of the Week honors...had another 30-dig match against Marquette in the Big East Tournament (Nov. 17)...led the team in digs (487) while appearing in every match.

HIGH SCHOOL
Rossi averaged 3.5 kills and 4.7 digs per game as a senior...a three-time Padua High School MVP and North Coast League MVP in 2005...also a three-time All-North Coast League selection and All-District honoree...played for the Ohio High Performance Team which finished fifth nationally in 2003...holds school records in kills (869), digs (1,039) and aces (102)...team won the North Coast League Championships and Betsy Zimmerman Tournament in 2002 and 2005...competed at the national level for eight years with six in club and two in open as a member of the Cleveland Volleyball Co....served as captain of her club team...a three-year member of the Normandy Tournament team and the 2005 MVP...recipient of the Russel Barnes Award...also on the basketball, softball and swim teams.

PERSONAL
Born Jan. 25, 1988...daughter of Michael and Mary Rossi...has two sisters...a communications & rhetoric major.