Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rmu Senior Makes Big Splash

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rmu Senior Makes Big Splash

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Arden Fisher stood motionless on a towering cliff, 50 feet above the Adriatic Sea, and asked herself: "What am I thinking?"

"It was insane," the former Riverview High School and current Robert Morris University volleyball star said. "The water below was so clear that you could literally see the rocks underneath. It's like you're about to commit suicide. I was regretting climbing up there."

Then, Fisher did what all great thrill-seekers do.

She jumped.

"I'll try anything once," she said, laughing. "When in Croatia ..."

That daredevil descent was far from the biggest splash Fisher made while in Pula, Croatia, for the European Global Challenge U22 Tournament last month.

This Oakmont native was one of 13 participants, out of more than 130, named to the all-tournament team. The event featured six teams from the United States and seven from Russia, England, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and China.

Fisher's Team BIP (Bring It Promotions), which featured players from Pitt, Maryland, Murray State, Marshall, Oakland (Mich.) and Illinois, placed ninth. The tournament showcased some of the better U.S. players at the NCAA Division I level.

"To be honest, I didn't think I played that well," said Fisher, a senior outside hitter at Robert Morris and three-time All-Northeast Conference second-team selection. "But it was a great feeling in knowing that I can hang with the big dogs, I guess."

In between sightseeing tours through Prague, Czech Republic, Vienna, Austria, Maribor, Slovenia, and Venice, Italy, Fisher displayed the skills that enabled her to lead RMU in kills, digs and points. She was one of only seven U.S. players named to the all-tournament team.

And despite returning home without a championship, she said the experience should pay dividends once the collegiate season commences later this month.

"We got to compete against some of the better players in the world," said Fisher, who helped Robert Morris win the NEC tournament and reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 12 years last season. "We faced the Chinese national team, which was pretty cool. We got destroyed, but it was a blast to be on the floor with players who compete at that level. …

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