Michelle  Piantadosi

30Michelle Piantadosi


Boca Raton, Fla.

High School:
Olympic Heights H.S.


Outside Hitter




"Michelle also brings a tremendous amount of game experience to the court. It's her senior season and she's finally feeling comfortable in the outside hitter position after moving to that position her sophomore season. She had never played there before and it's taken a couple years for her to get comfortable with the timing, foot work and arm swing, but she's worked extremely hard to get better as an outside hitter. I really believe she's going to have a breakout season. She's 6-3 and can touch well above 10 feet, so along with her physical attributes, she can match up with any team in the entire country with what she can do blocking-wise and hitting. She's also increased her array of shots so she can hit cross-court and line along with knowing when to tip the ball for kills. She's somebody who can propel our team to some pretty great heights. As a leader, Michelle is a steadying force for our players, especially the younger ones. She knows what they're going through because she's already experienced it."


2003 (JUNIOR): Led UT with 20 kills and four blocks against No. 25 Michigan State, a 3-2 loss in the second match of the season on Aug. 30...Hit season-best .500 (9-0-18) in 3-1 triumpth over IUPUI on Sept. 19...In 3-0 victory over Miami University on Sept. 20, had three kills in a five-point run during a 30-17 game one win...Compiled 14 kills in UT's SEC-opening match, a 3-1 victory over Ole Miss on Sept. 26...Had 18 kills in 3-1 victory versus South Carolina on Oct. 10...Recorded four blocks against Auburn on Oct. 17, a 3-0 sweep for the Lady Vols...At LSU on Oct. 26, Piantadosi led the Lady Vols by hitting .353 with 21 kills to go with three blocks...In front of a school-record crowd of 1,571 against No. 3 Florida, she recorded 17 kills with only one attack error in 47 attempts to hit .340...Had 12 kills in final home match of the season, a 3-0 sweep over Georgia...Had 17 kills in 3-1 setback at Kentucky on Nov. 7...In UT's first win at South Carolina since 1993, Piantadosi recorded 14 kills to help the Lady Vols turn in a positive 3-1 result...Earned 750th career kill in the match...Led UT with 20 kills and hit .375 in 3-0 whitewashing of Mississippi State on Nov. 14...In SEC regular-season finale at Ole Miss two days later, she compiled seven of her 13 kills in game one of a 3-0 sweep over the Lady Rebels...Recorded UT season-high 23 kills and four blocks in 3-2 SEC Quarterfinal victory over Georgia...Recorded 11 kills in SEC Semifinal loss to No. 3 Florida...Named to the SEC All-Tournament Team...Also named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for her impressive performance at the SEC Championships...Appointed to the SEC Good Works Team, which highlights student-athletes who give back to their communities with superior service efforts in all 20 league sponsored sports.

2002 (SOPHOMORE): The Lady Vols' tallest player in 2002 enjoyed a highly-productive sophomore campaign on the front line, splitting time at the middle blocker and outside hitter positions...Took more swings than any of her teammates with 981 attacks and finished second on the team in kills, registering 369...Her overall mark of 3.42 kills per game ranked 10th in the Southeastern Conference...Piantadosi established new single-game highs for kills (25), attacks (65), hitting percentage (.643), service aces (3) and digs (8)...Finished second on the squad in total blocks with 75...Saw action in all but one of UT's 109 games...Led the Lady Vols in kills seven times...She was also the Orange and White's blocks leader in nine matches...Became just the fourth Lady Vol to earn a place on USA Volleyball's National A2 training team...She competed with the team from July 5-20 in Lake Placid, N.Y...Janelle Hester, Beverly Robinson and April Chapple are the only other UT players to train with the squad...In Tennessee's first match of the season on Aug. 30 against Cal State Fullerton, Piantadosi tallied nine kills and recorded no errors on 14 attempts to establish a career-high for hitting percentage at .643...She recorded the first service ace of her career against the Titans as well...From there, the Boca Raton, Fla., native gave the Lady Vols at least 10 kills in their next 11 tilts...After recording what were then a career-best 14 kills against Iona on Aug. 31 and Western Carolina on Sept. 6, Piantadosi etched new career marks on her ledger in each of UT's three contests during the Toyota of Knoxville Lady Vol Classic...That stretch started with 15 kills against Virginia on Sept. 13...Piantadosi then gave 16 and 17-kill efforts versus East Carolina and Rice, respectively, the following day...Against Appalachian State on Sept. 22, she tied a career-high with a pair of solo blocks in Tennessee's 3-0 victory...Piantadosi gave one of the best performances in her two-year tenure with the Big Orange against then-No. 3 Florida on Oct. 4 with 14 kills and a mere two errors on 28 attempts for a .429 attacking percentage against the Gators...After struggling in back-to-back outings with South Carolina and Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 13 and 15, the sophomore exploded with 25 kills on 65 attacks in Oxford, Miss., in the Lady Vols' hard-earned 3-2 win over the Lady Rebels...Recorded 18 kills on 54 attacks and tied a career-high with eight blocks in helping the Lady Vols to a five-game victory over Kentucky on Nov. 10...She posted double-digit kills in three of UT's last four contests with 12, 15 and 14 against East Tennessee State, Arkansas and LSU, respectively...Ended the season by being named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2001 (FRESHMAN): Piantadosi had a strong performance in her inaugural season with the Lady Vols... Racked up 106 kills despite playing in only 60 games...Her kill total was fifth-highest on the team...The freshman's .287 hitting percentage was second-best for the Lady Vols...Totaled 58 blocks for an average of 0.97 per contest, second-highest on the team...Had what were then a career-high 12 kills against Kentucky on Nov. 2...Established a career mark of eight blocks against Kentucky on Nov. 2 and Marquette on Nov. 23...Took 24 attacks against Marquette, also a career high at the time.

HIGH SCHOOL: Piantadosi helped Olympic Heights to a 33-0 record in 1999 en route to winning the state championship...She was tabbed as an All-American as well...Was chosen as a member of the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper's Super Six as well as the MVP for the Tampa Beckley Tournament in 2000...Piantadosi earned state tournament MVP accolades as a senior...Also grabbed all-state honors her junior season.

PERSONAL: Piantadosi is a psychology major...Has two brothers: Anthony, 19; and Michael, 9...Piantadosi lists drawing and art as her hobbies... Tami Piantadosi was born on Sept. 26, 1982, in West Haverstraw, N.Y....Her parents are Michael and Tami Piantadosi.


Kills:25 at Ole Miss (10/18/02)
Attacks:66 vs. Georgia (11/21/03)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g):.643 (9-0-14) vs. Cal State Fullerton (8/30/02)
Assists:1 (20 times), most recently at Mississippi State (11/14/03)
Aces:3 vs. Virginia (9/13/02)
Block Solos:2 (four times), most recently vs. Arkansas (11/15/02)
Block Assists:8 vs. Marquette (11/23/01)
Total Blocks:8 (three times), most recently vs. Kentucky (11/10/02)
Digs:8 vs. Iona (8/31/02)
Kills:23 vs. Georgia (11/21)
Attacks:66 vs. Georgia (11/21)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g):.500 (9-0-18) vs. IUPUI (9/19)
Assists:1 (10 times), most recently at Mississippi State (11/14)
Block Solos:1 vs. Georgia (11/21)
Block Assists:4 (two times), most recently vs. Auburn (10/17)
Total Blocks:4 (three times), most recently vs. Georgia (11/21)
Digs:6 at LSU (10/26)





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