NCAA Womens Volleyball

Nwokolo, Monks Drafted in Pro Volleyball Federation Draft

Nwokolo, Monks Drafted in Pro Volleyball Federation Draft

PITTSBURGH – Graduate middle blockers Chiamaka Nwokolo and Emma Monks have been drafted in the Pro Volleyball Federation on Monday. Nwokolo was drafted as the number six pick by Atlanta Vibe, while Monks is the number 29 pick and was chosen by Columbus Fury. Nwokolo will be teaming up with former Panther and All-American Leketor Member-Meneh. 

Nwokolo has been a consistent presence in the middle her entire career. She is currently first in program history for career hitting percentage (.394), third for individual season hitting percentage (.411 in 2022), eighth in career blocks (387), 10th in total block assists (350) and is currently hitting a career-high .439 while notching 149 kills. Her 1.17 blocks per set this season is a personal best and is instrumental in Pitt being second in the nation in blocks per set (2.97).

She is a two-time All-ACC performer, was named to the 2023 AVCA All-East Coast Region Team and received AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors in 2020. The two-time captain has propelled Pitt to three straight National Semifinals appearances and four consecutive Regional Finals appearances.

Monks saved her best season for last. She was named Second Team All-ACC and All-Region after leading the Panthers with 151 blocks and blocks per set (1.56), good for fourth in the nation. In addition, she is fifth in the ACC and 16th in the nation, hitting 0.403. Monks now holds the program record for most blocks in a single season with 165. Most recently she was named to the Pitt Regional All-Tournament Team.

The 2024 schedule marks the first season for Pro Volleyball Federation, the first comprehensive professional volleyball league in the United States. 

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