Blaire Bayless, University of Pittsburgh


Katrina Hester

Blaire Bayless poses for a picture at her signing table.

Volleyball captain Blaire Bayless signed with the University of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8:15 in the Auditorium.

Bayless began her Volleyball career at the age of 8 with her friends at PSA (Plano Sports Authority). From there, she fell in love with the sport.

“I started playing club (volleyball) when I was 11 at Madfrog and have played there ever since. The mental game of volleyball is super tough because it is a game of errors and I had to learn to face and handle high-pressure situations at 12 and 13. Although this part of my life was challenging for me at the time, it helped me grow as a leader, and I now pride myself in my mental toughness as an athlete,” said Bayless.

Bayless knew she wanted to pursue Volleyball at the University of Pittsburgh, feeling as though it was a perfect fit for her personality and values.

“The Pitt volleyball program is truly special, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. The team really prioritizes team culture, and the coaching staff is one of the best in the nation, which I know will help me grow a lot as a player,” said Bayless. “I also love how the campus has both traditional and city parts to it. I always thought I wanted to stay close to home, but I truly can’t see myself going anywhere else.”

Reflecting on her journey, Bayless gave her thanks to friends and family, people who she felt heavily contributed to her success along the way.

“[I want to thank] my parents for being my biggest cheerleaders, my teammates for always supporting me on and off the court, my coaches for believing in me and my abilities, and the Pitt volleyball program for giving me the opportunity to play the sport I love at the next level,” said Bayless.

Although Bayless is currently undecided as to what she wants to major in during college, after college, she aspires to play professionally overseas.

“I know for sure I want to travel the world and visit as many countries as I can,” said Bayless. 

After repping West colors for the past few years, Bayless is ready to retire them in exchange for Pitt’s blue and gold. As she looks back, she hopes to serve as a role model to younger athletes and inspire them to pursue their dreams and goals.

“My favorite memory at West was this past Volleyball season. This has been my favorite team to play with and these girls are my best friends. We enjoy each other’s company on and off the court, and I think that is reflected in our success this season,” said Bayless. “Coach Phillips and Coach Paiz have been great sources of leadership and I can’t thank them enough for making my senior season so special.”