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Weekend sports: Panthers’ performances vary from court to field

Weekend sports: Panthers’ performances vary from court to field

By Trent Leonard | For The Pitt News

October 10, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While the Pitt women’s cross country and volleyball teams excelled this weekend, other Panther performances were less than ideal. Both men’s and women’s swim teams opened their seasons with unsatisfactory performances, and the women’s soccer team extended its losing streak. Women’s Vo...

Blue Devils take down Panthers, 2-0

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 7, 2017


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The Pitt men’s soccer team’s winning streak ended abruptly Friday night after No. 19 Duke’s 2-0 victory. The Panthers (6-6-0 overall, 1-4-0 ACC) fell to the Blue Devils (9-2-1 overall, 3-2-0 ACC) after Pitt’s mistakes gave Duke too many opportunities. “The game started one way that wasn’t...

Syracuse stomps Pitt women’s soccer, 2-0

Syracuse stomps Pitt women’s soccer, 2-0

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


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Though the Pitt women’s soccer team led the game with 15 shots to Syracuse’s eight, the Panthers couldn’t find the mark and dropped Thursday night’s game, 2-0. The Panthers (3-7-3 overall, 0-4-1 ACC) entered the contest against the Orange (6-4-2 overall, 1-2-1 ACC) fresh off a 7-0 loss to ...

Men’s soccer defeats no. 14 Columbia, 1-0, improves to winning record

Men’s soccer defeats no. 14 Columbia, 1-0, improves to winning record

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s soccer team won their second consecutive game against a ranked opponent on Tuesday night. The Panthers (6-5-0) shut out No. 14 Columbia 1-0, handing the Lions (5-1-2) their first loss of the season. The game was Pitt’s third win in a row after last week’s big wins over West Vir...

Men’s soccer shows progress, but faces tough competition ahead

Men’s soccer shows progress, but faces tough competition ahead

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 3, 2017


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When Pitt men’s soccer beat No. 21 Syracuse 2-1 at home on Friday, it was a historic win. The Panthers recorded their first ever ACC win since joining the conference in 2013. Then, they doubled down Tuesday, snagging a 1-0 win against another ranked team —  No. 14 Columbia. These wins are a s...

Panthers dominate the pitch, court, trail in weekend sports

Panthers dominate the pitch, court, trail in weekend sports

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

October 1, 2017


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For Pitt’s varsity athletics, the weekend ended with results ranging from historic to dismal. The men’s soccer team set the tone going into the weekend on Friday night, recording the team’s first ACC win since joining the conference in 2013. While cross country had standout performances and ...

Panthers maul Mountaineers, 7-0, in highest-scoring game since 1998

Panthers maul Mountaineers, 7-0, in highest-scoring game since 1998

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


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Pitt men’s soccer snapped West Virginia’s 10-game Backyard Brawl unbeaten streak, dominating the Mountaineers 7-0 in the Panthers’ highest scoring game since 1998. The Panthers (4-5-0, 0-3-0 ACC) held the momentum all night against their rival Mountaineers (6-2-2, 0-0-0 Big 12) on Tuesday at P...

Preview: Panther softball, tennis prepare for spring through exhibition

Preview: Panther softball, tennis prepare for spring through exhibition

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2017


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The Panther softball and tennis teams have been preparing for the spring season through fall exhibition play, both while working through major hang-ups from last season. Winning only seven combined games in the ACC, the two teams are looking for big turnarounds this year. After bursting out of the g...

Pitt women’s soccer ties, ends losing streak

Pitt women’s soccer ties, ends losing streak

By Adin Link | For The Pitt News

September 22, 2017


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The Pitt women’s soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak, but not with a win. The Panthers (3-4-3, 0-1-1 ACC) returned home to Ambrose Urbanic Field Thursday evening for a match against the Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2-2, 0-1-1 ACC). The Hokies scored in the 47th minute, and after being down...

Pitt men’s soccer conquers Western Pa. foe RMU, 2-1

Pitt men’s soccer conquers Western Pa. foe RMU, 2-1

By Kaitlyn French | Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


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Outfitted in butterscotch-yellow jerseys, Pitt men’s soccer (2-4-0, 0-1-0 ACC) took to Ambrose Urbanic Field Tuesday to defeat Western Pennsylvania neighbor Robert Morris (0-6-1).   Led by goals from first-year forward Colin Brezniak and junior midfielder Joshua Gaspari, the Panthers controlled...

Volleyball analysis: Error-prone Panthers struggle against top teams

Volleyball analysis: Error-prone Panthers struggle against top teams

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

After fighting their way back from a two-set deficit against No. 25 Iowa State, the Panthers held serve with a chance to win the volleyball match in the fifth set. In losing that point and eventually the match on Sept. 2., the team squandered a big win and fell to 1-3 on the season. Despite now holding...

Panthers stampede, hit kills, save goals in weekend sports

Panthers stampede, hit kills, save goals in weekend sports

By Brandon Glass | For The Pitt News

September 17, 2017


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It was a busy weekend in Pitt sports, as varsity teams traveled near and far to take on fearsome foes in competition. Though it was a rough trip to North Carolina for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams, the men’s cross country team trampled over the competition and women’s volleyball ac...

TPN Panther spotlight: Nika Markovic, Qadree Ollison, Javi Perez

TPN Panther spotlight: Nika Markovic, Qadree Ollison, Javi Perez

By Jordan Mondell and David Leftwich | TPN Staff

September 12, 2017


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Fall sports are just starting to get exciting, and there has already been a fair share of pitfalls and triumphs across the board. But regardless of the games outcomes, here are some Panthers who have stepped into their roles and proven their worth on the court, field and pitch. Nika Markovic Mar...

Not just football: volleyball, cross country, soccer compete over weekend

Not just football: volleyball, cross country, soccer compete over weekend

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 11, 2017


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While most Panther fans focused on the football team’s 33-14 loss to Penn State Saturday, Sept. 9, four other Pitt sports teams were in action this weekend. The women’s soccer team and the men’s soccer team suffered close defeats while the women’s cross country team and the volleyball team...

Kent State Golden Flashes outplay Panthers, 1-0

Kent State Golden Flashes outplay Panthers, 1-0

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

September 10, 2017


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In the first of a four-game stretch on the road, the Panthers lost in the 89th minute to the Kent State Golden Flashes on Thursday night in Kent, Ohio. Pitt came out firing with three shots in the first 10 minutes. Sophomore forward Christiana Davey hit a saved shot on goal, and redshirt junior forward...

Men’s soccer scores second win, improves to 2-2

Men’s soccer scores second win, improves to 2-2

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

September 5, 2017


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In its last game before conference play next weekend, the Pitt men’s soccer team hit the road to take on the Loyola Greyhounds, winning by a score of 1-0 to improve to 2-2 on the year. First-year forward Alexander Dexter was the lone goal scorer of the night, putting the Panthers up 1-0 in the ...

Women’s cross country dominates Duquesne Duals

Women’s cross country dominates Duquesne Duals

By Dominic Campbell / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


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On a wet and soggy Saturday morning in Schenley Park, Pitt’s men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in their first races of the year, overcoming the subpar conditions to finish in the top two at the annual Duquesne Duals. The women’s team won the 5k race handily, beating second-place...

Women’s soccer surrenders to Illinois State, 1-0

Women’s soccer surrenders to Illinois State, 1-0

By Brandon Glass / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


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After going undefeated through its first five games, the Pitt women’s soccer team dropped its first game of the season Sunday afternoon at Ambrose Urbanic Field, losing 1-0 to the Illinois State Redbirds. The two teams got roughly the same amount of shots on the day, with the Redbirds (2-3-1) outshoo...

Women’s volleyball goes 1-1 at Dayton Invitational

Women’s volleyball goes 1-1 at Dayton Invitational

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


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Facing some of the nation’s best teams at the start of the season, the Pitt women’s volleyball team got off to a disappointing 1-2 start last week, and after their first match this past weekend in Dayton, Ohio, it looked like the massive amounts of errors were becoming a trend. “I'm really disap...

Men’s soccer secures first season win with defeat of Lancers, 2-0

Men’s soccer secures first season win with defeat of Lancers, 2-0

By Kait French | Staff Writer

September 2, 2017


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Friday night’s men’s soccer game looked as though it would end in a 0-0 draw for the Panthers and Longwood Lancers. But Pitt junior Javi Perez scored with a penalty kick in the 76th minute, followed shortly by a goal from first-year Colin Brezniak to give the Panthers the 2-0 win. With the home...

Panthers pounce on Titans to remain unbeaten, 3-1

Panthers pounce on Titans to remain unbeaten, 3-1

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

August 31, 2017


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With its third win of the season, the Pitt women’s soccer team surpassed its previous season’s winnings while maintaining an unbeaten record. The Panthers (3-0-2) took on the Detroit Mercy Titans (2-1-1) Wednesday night at the Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt’s total shots nearly tripled those o...

Perez on the pitch: Adjusting to studies, soccer

Perez on the pitch: Adjusting to studies, soccer

By Jordan Mondell / Contributing Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

For Pitt midfielder Javi Perez, the atmosphere at the Petersen Sports Complex is a lot different than what he is used to. The green of the turf beneath his feet is the same, as are the meshy nets of the goals, but in Spain, soccer — correction, futbol — is a bit different. At a top collegiate lev...

More of the same: Men’s soccer falls to 0-2

More of the same: Men’s soccer falls to 0-2

By Wyatt Geller / For The Pitt News

August 28, 2017


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After finishing 2-13-3 in head coach Jay Vidovich’s first season, the Pitt men’s soccer team hoped to make drastic improvements this year and notch their first-ever ACC win. After this weekend, though, the team looks similar to the 2016 squad, as it dropped a pair of games in Columbus, Ohio to s...

Volleyball drops two of three to open season

Volleyball drops two of three to open season

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 27, 2017


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After making it to their first NCAA Tournament since 2004 last fall, the Pitt women’s volleyball team began its 2017 season by traveling to Seattle to take part in the Husky Invitational. In their three games over the weekend, the Panthers (1-2) struggled to play error-free volleyball and squande...

Women’s soccer ties twice, remains unbeaten

Women’s soccer ties twice, remains unbeaten

By Mackenzie Rodrigues / Assistant Sports Editor

August 27, 2017


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Coming off back-to-back wins to start the season, the Pitt women’s soccer team played two similar games this weekend, one on Thursday against the Cincinnati Bearcats and another on Sunday against the Xavier Musketeers. Both were away, both went into double overtime and both ended in a tie. Thursd...

Q&A: Akeo talks tournament, travel from Hawaii

Q&A: Akeo talks tournament, travel from Hawaii

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


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When junior setter Kamalani Akeo arrived at Pitt in the fall of 2015, she didn’t quite know what to expect — either on or off the court. After all, she was traveling over 4,500 miles from her hometown of Kapolei, Hawaii, where she played on one of the best high school teams in the state. In her j...

Q&A: Gavin prepares for first head coaching gig

Q&A: Gavin prepares for first head coaching gig

By Steve Rotstein / Senior Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


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The Pitt wrestling team’s 2016-17 season had a little bit of everything — off-the-mat incidents, suspicious absences, dismissals, a coaching change and even three individual ACC champions. While the program was far from being in dire straits, it was in desperate need of stability. Newly-appointed Athlet...

Women’s soccer survives Hofstra, Duquesne, starts season 2-0

Women’s soccer survives Hofstra, Duquesne, starts season 2-0

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 20, 2017


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Considering they won just two games last year, it’s safe to say the Pitt women’s soccer team didn’t have high expectations coming into the 2017 season. But those expectations might’ve taken a bit of a jump this weekend, as the Panthers equaled their win total from last year after beating Hofstra...

Fall sports preview: Cross country

Fall sports preview: Cross country

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

July 18, 2017


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About a month and a half from the start of the season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams are well into their training for the upcoming season. Both squads are preparing to build off last year and rise up the rankings in the difficult Atlantic Coast Conference. Each fell toward the middl...

Fall sports preview: Women’s volleyball

Fall sports preview: Women’s volleyball

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

July 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

Last season, the slow rebuild of Pitt women’s volleyball program came to a head when the team made its first NCAA Tournament since 2004. With many key players returning, it’s now time for this year’s team to step up and solidify their place among the ACC’s best. Heading into last season, a you...

Fall Sports Preview: Men’s and Women’s Soccer

Fall Sports Preview: Men’s and Women’s Soccer

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

July 3, 2017


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With the start of the school year fast approaching, each of the fall sports teams are beginning to gear up for their 2017 seasons. In August, training camps will start before the Panthers take to the field toward the end of the month. So over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to take a look a...

Wolk wins USA junior 5k Championship

Wolk wins USA junior 5k Championship

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 27, 2017


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Even though the Pitt track and field season ended two weeks ago, some of the team’s best runners continued to compete this past weekend at the United States Track and Field Outdoor Championships, including freshman Nick Wolk, who won the junior 5000m championship with a time of 14:26.54. Recent g...

Football, baseball land New Jersey product Matt Alaimo

Football, baseball land New Jersey product Matt Alaimo

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 25, 2017


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The Pitt football and baseball programs each landed a recruit Saturday as two-sport athlete  Matt Alaimo announced he will come to the university this fall. Alaimo announced his commitment on Twitter, saying, “I am proud and excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic, football an...

Hazelton hired as diving head coach

Hazelton hired as diving head coach

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


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Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke filled another head coaching position Thursday, hiring Katie Hazelton as diving head coach. Hazelton has spent the past four-and-a-half years with the Duke Diving Club and will take over for 38-year head coach Julian Krug, who retired in April. "We are thri...

Samantha Snider named gymnastics head coach

Samantha Snider named gymnastics head coach

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017


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Pitt gymnastics hired University of Arkansas Associate Head Coach Samantha Snider to be the third head coach in the history of the program Monday. Snider takes over for longtime coach Debbie Yohman, who retired in early May after 31 years with the Panthers. “We are thrilled to welcome Samantha Snider as the next head women’s gymnastics coach of the University of Pitts...

Palmer leads Panthers at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Palmer leads Panthers at NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

June 12, 2017


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Last week at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Pitt senior Desmond Palmer asserted himself as one of the greatest hurdlers in program history. The stage was the NCAA Outdoor Championships, a place not unfamiliar to Palmer. He has now been to the Championships four times in his career, qualify...

Panthers prepare for NCAA Championships

Panthers prepare for NCAA Championships

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 6, 2017


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Pitt junior thrower Andin Fosam nervously watched the conclusion of the hammer throw last week at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Lexington, Kentucky, as she clung to one of the last NCAA Championship spots. Her performance earlier in the day wasn’t her best, as she fouled on two of three th...

Vidovich has Pitt primed for turnaround

Vidovich has Pitt primed for turnaround

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt men’s soccer team has been one of the school’s least competitive programs in recent years, but their fortunes could soon change as the group seems poised to move forward this fall. In its history, the squad — which started up in 1954 — has compiled a record of 398-449-100. It hasn...

Seven Panthers qualify for NCAA Championships

Seven Panthers qualify for NCAA Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


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The Pitt Track and Field team had a successful weekend at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Lexington, Kentucky and qualified seven runners for the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon. On Thursday, sophomore distance runner Gillian Schriever and junior thrower Andin Fosam became the fir...

Pitt baseball drops series against Wake Forest

Pitt baseball drops series against Wake Forest

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

May 21, 2017


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Heading into its weekend series against the No. 20 Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the Pitt baseball team was right on the bubble of the ACC Tournament. But the Panthers were only able to come away with one win, failing to make the cut for the fourth consecutive year. Pitt (23-30, 9-21 ACC) got off to a strong s...

Mountaineers outlast Panthers, earn season sweep

Mountaineers outlast Panthers, earn season sweep

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 17, 2017


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The last time Pitt and West Virginia met on the diamond, it was an offensive battle as the Mountaineers got an 8-4 win on the road in March. West Virginia took the season sweep Tuesday in a much more defensive night, but the result was the same with a 2-0 Mountaineer victory in Morgantown. Both pitching...

Pitt baseball suffers sweep against North Carolina State

Pitt baseball suffers sweep against North Carolina State

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

May 15, 2017


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The Pitt baseball team had a chance to move off the bubble of making the ACC Tournament at home this weekend series against North Carolina State but were convincingly swept due to the high-powered Wolfpack offense. Starting pitching woes led to Pitt (22-27, 8-19 ACC) having early deficits in each game,...

Pitt baseball triumphs over Penguins, 3-2

Pitt baseball triumphs over Penguins, 3-2

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 11, 2017


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After dropping all three games in a road series against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets last weekend, Pitt baseball returned home Wednesday to play Youngstown State, winning 3-2 on a walk-off wild pitch in the 10th inning. Pitt head coach Joe Jordano used six pitchers in the game and the strategy ...

Georgia Tech sweeps Pitt baseball, ending win streak

Georgia Tech sweeps Pitt baseball, ending win streak

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

May 10, 2017


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Riding a four-game win streak into its weekend series against Georgia Tech, the Pitt baseball team looked to get above .500 for the first time since April 7. Instead, the Yellow Jackets (23-21, 8-15 ACC) swept the Panthers (21-24, 8-16 ACC), winning a pair of one-run games before finishing the series...

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

Recapping an exciting two weeks in Pitt sports

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

It was a busy couple of weeks for Pitt athletics, as the spring teams’ seasons come to a close and the football team had players up for the NFL draft. Here’s a rundown of everything that you might have missed since the spring semester ended. Football The Pitt football program had five players selected...

Pitt softball stumbles against Georgia Tech

Pitt softball stumbles against Georgia Tech

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

May 8, 2017


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The Pitt softball team concluded its season this weekend in Atlanta by dropping two of three against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Pitt’s (24-23, 7-16 ACC) defense was mixed this weekend, giving up only two runs in game one before giving up a combined 19 runs in two and three. The inconsistent...

Pitt baseball gets to .500 with sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore

Pitt baseball gets to .500 with sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 4, 2017


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Coming off a series win against SIU Edwardsville, the Pitt baseball team climbed back to .500 this week, taking both games against Maryland Eastern Shore at Charles L. Cost Field. Pitt (21-21, 8-13 ACC) pounded the Hawks (10-35, 6-13 MEAC) in both games, sweeping the series by a combined score of 2...

Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retires after 31 years

Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retires after 31 years

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 3, 2017


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Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retired Tuesday morning after leading the team for more than three decades. Yohman was only the second coach in the history of Pitt gymnastics — which started in 1975. The program was very successful in her tenure, qualifying for 20 NCAA Regionals since she t...

Track and Field competes at Penn Relays, Ashland Open

Track and Field competes at Penn Relays, Ashland Open

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 1, 2017


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The Pitt Track and Field team concluded their regular season this weekend, traveling to both the Penn Relays and Ashland Open. The men’s distance team and women’s throwers both had success over the weekend, adding to an impressive body of work in 2017. Penn Relays At the world-famous Penn Relay...

Pitt baseball secures series win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2-1

Pitt baseball secures series win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2-1

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

April 30, 2017


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The Pitt baseball team started the weekend’s home series with a loss and a narrow win. But in the series finale, the Panthers trounced the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars. Rain delayed the original Saturday 1 p.m. start time of the series-opening games between SIUE (18-24, 6-15...

Pitt tennis falls to Notre Dame in ACC Tournament

Pitt tennis falls to Notre Dame in ACC Tournament

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

April 28, 2017


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After a winless regular season in the ACC, the Pitt women’s tennis team was knocked out of the conference tournament and concluded its season with a first-round loss to Notre Dame. The No.15 Panthers (3-16, 0-14 ACC) simply couldn’t keep up with the No. 10 Fighting Irish (17-8, 7-6 ACC) on Wednesday in...

Pitt pulls upset, topples No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels

Pitt pulls upset, topples No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels

By Kait French | Staff Writer

April 24, 2017


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The Pitt baseball team came into this weekend with low expectations for its series with the highly-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. But in the series finale, the Panthers rode an offensive explosion to knock off the No. 3 team in the country. After dropping the first two contests with just three combined...

Pitt softball secures series win over NC State

Pitt softball secures series win over NC State

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 24, 2017


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The Pitt softball team has experienced a somewhat disappointing year — seeing a 9-0 start turn into a 23-21 record — but senior Kaitlin Manuel walked off with a win on Sunday at Vartabedian Field. Down three in the seventh inning, the team rallied to send the game into extra innings before first-year...

From the diamond to the dugout: Pazos keeps command

From the diamond to the dugout: Pazos keeps command

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

April 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

The Pitt baseball team seemed primed for a rare sweep on a summery Saturday in late March against Virginia Tech. The Panthers were up 4-0 in the top of the fifth in the second game of the series. Redshirt junior pitcher Matt Pidich was on the mound and had yet to allow a baserunner. The third and fi...

Pitt baseball falls to Golden Flashes, 12-8

Pitt baseball falls to Golden Flashes, 12-8

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 20, 2017


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In the second game of back-to-back mid-week contests, the Pitt baseball team couldn’t keep up with the Kent State Golden Flashes Wednesday night. The Golden Flashes (21-12) knocked the Panthers’ pitchers around from the start, amassing 15 hits in a 12-8 victory. Kent State also took a 7-6 win aga...

Panthers maul Nittany Lions in State College, 9-1

Panthers maul Nittany Lions in State College, 9-1

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 19, 2017


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From the football field to the baseball and softball diamonds, Penn State just can’t find a way to beat Pitt. The Pitt baseball team (16-17, 7-11 ACC) annihilated the Nittany Lions (12-24, 1-8 Big Ten) Tuesday night in State College, Pennsylvania, rolling to a 9-1 win to sweep the season series...

Buckeyes barely beat Panthers softball, 3-2

Buckeyes barely beat Panthers softball, 3-2

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


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Sophomore Olivia Gray offered a promising start to the Panthers’ matchup against Ohio State Tuesday afternoon, smacking a leadoff home run over the center field fence to give Pitt an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. “As the first batter, your job is to set the tone for the game, and ideall...

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 18, 2017


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For the first time in more than 60 years, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are coming back to Pittsburgh. The NCAA awarded the city of Pittsburgh with the 2019 NCAA Championships on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the sport’s three-day championship event to PPG Paints Arena from March 21-23. ...

Hurricanes blow by Panthers, win weekend series, 2-1

Hurricanes blow by Panthers, win weekend series, 2-1

By Kait French | Staff Writer

April 17, 2017


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The Pitt baseball team started the weekend with a convincing win over a historic national powerhouse. But the Panthers’ bats scored just three runs in the next two games to drop their weekend series against the Miami Hurricanes. The Hurricanes (17-19, 9-9 ACC) usually dominate the Panthers (15-17, 7-11...

Glick, Newkirk, Palmer win at Louisville Invitational

Glick, Newkirk, Palmer win at Louisville Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 17, 2017


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The Pitt track and field team traveled to the Bluegrass State this weekend for Louisville Invitational. In the city famous for the Kentucky Derby, first-year Drew Glick, junior Quadaisha Newkirk and senior Desmond Palmer ran well in this weekend’s meet, with all three completing the weekend with i...

Orange Alert: Syracuse softball sweeps Panthers

Orange Alert: Syracuse softball sweeps Panthers

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2017


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Going into the weekend series against the evenly-matched Syracuse Orange, the Pitt softball team expected a competitive game. After three straight losses, the Panthers came out to claim last place in the ACC standings. The Panthers scored just four runs over the course of three games against the Orang...

Pitt tennis remains winless in ACC

Pitt tennis remains winless in ACC

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2017


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The struggling Pitt tennis team, which hasn't won a team match since March 11, went into this weekend completely winless in the ACC. That didn't change over Easter weekend as the Panthers (3-14, 0-13 ACC) lost at home Friday against the No. 40 Virginia Cavaliers and Sunday to the No. 45 Miami Hurricane...

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 14, 2017


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Heather Lyke made the first big hire of her tenure as Pitt’s athletic director Friday morning, naming former national champion Keith Gavin as the Panthers’ new head wrestling coach. “We are thrilled to announce Keith Gavin as the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling progra...

Q&A: Joslin Sellers engineers final success on the track

Q&A: Joslin Sellers engineers final success on the track

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

April 11, 2017


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Senior distance runner Joslin Sellers has been carving out her spot on the track since the seventh grade. This year, as she finishes up a nearly ten-year running career, she solidified a high-ranking position in Pitt history after finishing the 2016-17 indoor season with not one but two record-breaki...

McKayla Taylor named ACC Player of the Week

McKayla Taylor named ACC Player of the Week

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 11, 2017


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Thanks to an excellent week at the plate and in the field, junior Pitt shortstop McKayla Taylor became the ACC’s Softball Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the honor Tuesday afternoon. The Florida State Seminoles swept the Panthers in Tallahassee the weekend ...

Head diving coach Julian Krug says goodbye after 38 years

Head diving coach Julian Krug says goodbye after 38 years

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 10, 2017


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One of the longest-tenured and most accomplished coaches in Pitt Athletics history is leaving the program, as Julian Krug announced his decision to retire Friday after 38 years as the Panthers’ head diving coach. “The intent has been coming on for some time. Face it, I’m 70 years old, I’ve...

Pitt softball pummels Virginia Tech Hokies in sweep

Pitt softball pummels Virginia Tech Hokies in sweep

By Brandon Glass | For The Pitt News

April 10, 2017


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The Pitt softball team likely will not reenter the Top 25 rankings this season, but with this weekend’s sweep of the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Panthers gained three critically needed in-conference wins. Pitt (21-16, 4-11 ACC) started an extended home stretch by winning back-to-back in-conference...

Panthers baseball swept by Virginia Cavaliers

Panthers baseball swept by Virginia Cavaliers

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


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After coming back to win its series against the Duke Blue Devils last weekend and defeating in-state rival Penn State 3-2 Tuesday, the Pitt baseball team sought to continue its winning form against the Virginia Cavaliers this weekend. But the Pitt baseball team (14-15, 6-9 ACC) instead struggled in...

Pitt tennis trampled by Demon Deacons, Hokies

Pitt tennis trampled by Demon Deacons, Hokies

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


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After dropping both contests during last weekend’s trip to North Carolina, the Pitt tennis team attempted turning its season around as it hosted No. 28 Wake Forest Friday and Virginia Tech Saturday. The team had no such luck, as the Panthers lost two weekend matches to elongate their losing streak...

Over Knight Sensation: Brittany Knight carving out starring role for Panthers

Over Knight Sensation: Brittany Knight carving out starring role for Panthers

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


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You can’t pitch any better than Pitt true freshman Brittany Knight did Feb. 10, in her first game of college competition. Still, she was startled when a trainer approached her during a practice the next week. “Oh, congrats on ACC Pitcher of the Week,” the trainer said. “I was like, ‘...

Pitt softball gets back on track with 8-3 win at Saint Francis

Pitt softball gets back on track with 8-3 win at Saint Francis

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 5, 2017


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Returning from a humbling three-game sweep at the hands of the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles, the Pitt softball team got back on track Wednesday night. The Panthers (18-16) defeated the Saint Francis Red Flash (27-9) 8-3 in an extra-innings nonconference clash in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Pitt snapp...

Pitt baseball prevails over Penn State, 3-2

Pitt baseball prevails over Penn State, 3-2

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


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In front of a crowd nearly double the usual turnout, the Pitt Panthers struck out 13 Nittany Lion batters over nine innings to beat its in-state rival. The Panthers (14-12 overall, 6-6 ACC) came from behind to secure their win over Pennsylvania State University (10-17 overall, 0-3 Big Ten) in fro...

Pitt baseball battles back against Blue Devils

Pitt baseball battles back against Blue Devils

By Kait French | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


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The Pitt baseball team seemed in for a long weekend after suffering a 14-0 blowout in the series opener against Duke Friday. But thanks to an extra inning comeback and an excellent performance from senior pitcher Josh Falk, the Panthers took two of three from the Blue Devils. “I was very please...

Pitt track travels to Florida, California

Pitt track travels to Florida, California

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


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The Panthers scattered over the country this weekend, with the the track and field team splitting up across three different meets in two different states. The majority of athletes made their way to Gainesville, Florida, for the 2017 Pepsi Florida Relays. The meet took place over three days this we...

Have mercy: Pitt softball swept by Seminoles

Have mercy: Pitt softball swept by Seminoles

By Rebecca Sauers | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


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The Pitt softball team needed mercy this weekend in Florida battling against the best team in the country. In NCAA softball, if a team is leading by eight or more runs after five innings, the game is ruled so uncompetitive that it doesn’t need to be played any longer. That’s what happened this...

Pitt tennis falls in North Carolina to Duke, NC State

Pitt tennis falls in North Carolina to Duke, NC State

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


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Riding a four-game losing streak, the Pitt women’s tennis team looked to turn its season around during this weekend’s trip to North Carolina. Unfortunately for the Panthers (3-10, 0-8 ACC), the weekend brought no respite. The team played against No. 17 Duke in Durham Saturday and No. 26 North Ca...

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


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With the rival Penn State Nittany Lions in town and bragging rights on the line, the Pitt softball team left no doubt about who the best softball team in the state is Wednesday night. The Panthers (17-13) climbed out of an early 1-0 hole with seven unanswered runs in a 7-1 victory against the Nitta...

Mountain too high to climb against WVU, Pitt falls 8-4

Mountain too high to climb against WVU, Pitt falls 8-4

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


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In the first of two Backyard Brawl games this season, the Pitt baseball team fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers, 8-4, due to a horrendous fifth inning in which the Panthers gave up five runs and committed three errors. The Panthers (11-11 overall, 4-5 ACC) were unable to surmount a seven-run ...

TPN Panthers of the Month: Andin Fosam and Josh Falk

TPN Panthers of the Month: Andin Fosam and Josh Falk

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


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Andin Fosam Andin Fosam, a junior thrower from Robbinsville, New Jersey, had already proved before March that she was one of the best throwers in the ACC. After this month, though, Fosam now is considered one of the best in the country. At last month’s ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Fosam finis...

Pitt baseball sweeps Virginia Tech behind stellar starting pitching

Pitt baseball sweeps Virginia Tech behind stellar starting pitching

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


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The Pitt baseball team is back above .500 after picking up a crucial three-game sweep against a conference rival. Pitt (11-10 overall, 4-5 ACC) hosted the Virginia Tech Hokies (14-12 overall, 3-6 ACC) at Charles L. Cost Field for a three-game showdown over the weekend, and the Panthers won all three....

Pitt softball notches first ACC win in series finale vs. Boston College

Pitt softball notches first ACC win in series finale vs. Boston College

By Rebecca Sauers | For The Pitt News

March 27, 2017


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After eight straight losses to open up conference play, the Pitt softball team picked up its first ACC win of 2017 Saturday night. The Panthers (16-13 overall, 1-8 ACC) fell to the Boston College Eagles (17-12 overall, 4-2 ACC) in the first two games of the weekend series at Vartabedian Field. Pit...

Giordano caps college career as four-time All-American diver

Giordano caps college career as four-time All-American diver

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


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Dominic Giordano secured his legacy as Pitt’s most decorated diver in program history at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships over the weekend in Indianapolis. Giordano failed to defend his title Friday in the three-meter dive, but he still made history in the final competiti...

Fosam, Michael-Khensu shine at CMU Invitational

Fosam, Michael-Khensu shine at CMU Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


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On a warm Friday and Saturday at Carnegie Mellon University’s Gesling Stadium, the Pitt track and field team finally got to compete close to home in its second meet of the outdoor season. The Panthers must have enjoyed the familiar setting, as multiple stadium records fell at the CMU Invitational over...

TeShan Campbell says goodbye to Steel City

TeShan Campbell says goodbye to Steel City

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 24, 2017


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After 21 years in the steel city he’s called home, TeShan Campbell is moving out. Campbell announced his decision Monday to transfer to Ohio State University to spend the final two years of his college career wrestling for coach Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes. The standout sophomore started out wrest...

Dominic Giordano places 16th in 1M dive at NCAA Championships

Dominic Giordano places 16th in 1M dive at NCAA Championships

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


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Pitt senior diver Dominic Giordano is already adding to his well-stocked trophy case at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Giordano earned Honorable Mention All-American honors on day one of the 2017 NCAA Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, placing 16th in the one-meter springboard div...

Kayla Harris carves up Kent State in 7-0 shutout

Kayla Harris carves up Kent State in 7-0 shutout

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017


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History nearly repeated itself Wednesday afternoon at the Pitt softball team’s 2017 home opener at Vartabedian Field. Junior pitcher Kayla Harris came five outs away from tossing her second perfect game in less than a month, but instead had to settle for a one-hit shutout in Pitt’s 7-0 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes (8-14). The Panthers (15-11 ove...

Pitt wrestlers reflect on mixed season, look to next year

Pitt wrestlers reflect on mixed season, look to next year

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 22, 2017


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Pitt wrapped up its season at the NCAA Division I Championships last weekend without an All-American wrestler for the second year in a row. After a season marred by senior 149-pounder Mikey Racciato’s curious absences and dismissal, a midseason coaching change and now sophomore TeShan Campbell’s impe...

Panthers can’t complete comeback at Kent State, fall 7-6

Panthers can’t complete comeback at Kent State, fall 7-6

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 22, 2017


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Despite beginning the game with an early lead and a late offensive surge, the Pitt baseball team couldn’t come back against the hosting Kent State Golden Flashes Tuesday afternoon. Facing a three-run deficit in the ninth inning, the Panthers (8-10, 1-5 ACC) were able to plate two to make the score ...

ACC Champion wrestler TeShan Campbell to transfer to Ohio State

ACC Champion wrestler TeShan Campbell to transfer to Ohio State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


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The Pitt wrestling team absorbed another huge blow just two days after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, as 165-pound ACC Champion TeShan Campbell announced his intention to transfer to Ohio State University. “Pitt Wrestling, you showed me so much over these two past years — we made some grea...

Pitt baseball avoids sweep with 2-1 win in extras

Pitt baseball avoids sweep with 2-1 win in extras

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


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After two games, 23 innings and nearly eight hours of baseball on a frigid Sunday at Charles L. Cost Field, the Pitt baseball team snapped a seven-game skid and earned its first ACC win of 2017. The Panthers (8-9 overall, 1-5 ACC) avoided a sweep against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-12 overall, 2...

Rathsack sets record, named All-American at NCAAs

Rathsack sets record, named All-American at NCAAs

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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After multiple record-setting swims at the ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Pitt junior Lina Rathsack parlayed that momentum into national recognition at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Rathsack earned all four of the Pitt swimming and diving team’s points at the national championships t...

Pitt softball swept by Louisville over weekend

Pitt softball swept by Louisville over weekend

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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The Pitt softball team's season continued its nosedive this weekend after losing three games in a row to the Louisville Cardinals. Coach Holly Aprile and the Panthers (14-11 overall, 0-6 ACC) started the season 9-0, elevating the program to No. 19 in the country, the highest ranking in the history o...

Kelly finishes first in 5000m at Yellow Jacket Invitational

Kelly finishes first in 5000m at Yellow Jacket Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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With a first-place finish from junior Amy Kelly and several Panthers placing in the top 10, Pitt track and field ran past the competition in Friday’s Yellow Jacket Invitational at Georgia Tech’s George C. Griffin Track in Atlanta. Kelly’s win — her top finish since last April — came in th...

Panthers finish fifth at EAGL Championships

Panthers finish fifth at EAGL Championships

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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Despite benefiting from some standout individual performances, the Pitt gymnastics team couldn't defend its crown as conference title-winners at Saturday’s East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship. Sophomore Brittany West and senior Tracey Pearson had standout performances during Saturday’...

No Panther wrestlers left in title contention at NCAAs

No Panther wrestlers left in title contention at NCAAs

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 17, 2017


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After a successful opening round at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, all four of Pitt’s competitors dropped out of contention for first-place titles by the end of the second session Thursday night. Junior 133-pounder Dom Forys, sophomore 165-pounder TeShan Campbell and redshirt junior heavyweight ...

Top 50 recruit Kizza Edward commits to Pitt men’s soccer

Top 50 recruit Kizza Edward commits to Pitt men’s soccer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 17, 2017


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The Pitt men’s soccer team hasn’t beaten an ACC opponent in four years of conference play, but the Panthers’ fortunes might soon change. Pitt received a verbal commitment Wednesday from forward Kizza Edward, one of the most prized prospects in the country. Edward, part of the prestigious Socce...

Top-50 soccer prospect Kizza Edward commits to Pitt

Top-50 soccer prospect Kizza Edward commits to Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 16, 2017


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The Pitt men’s soccer team still hasn’t beaten an ACC opponent in four years of conference play, but the Panthers’ fortunes might soon be about to change. Pitt received a verbal commitment Wednesday from Montverde Academy forward Kizza Edward, one of the most prized prospects in the country....

Four Pitt wrestlers begin quests for NCAA titles

Four Pitt wrestlers begin quests for NCAA titles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


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It’s been nearly a decade since Keith Gavin took home the Pitt wrestling team’s most recent individual title at the 2008 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. The annual tournament returns to the Scottrade Center this year, where Gavin reached the pinnacle of the sport by capturing the 174-pound nat...

Pitt gymnasts named to All-EAGL, All-Academic teams

Pitt gymnasts named to All-EAGL, All-Academic teams

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


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The Pitt gymnastics team will compete on Saturday in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship, but several Panthers have already won awards this week. The EAGL named six Panthers to its All-EAGL teams on Monday and a conference-high 18 to the All-Academic team on Saturday. Sophomores Lucy Brett, Mea...

Pitt softball team loses two vs. James Madison, splits pair with East Carolina

Pitt softball team loses two vs. James Madison, splits pair with East Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 13, 2017


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After starting the season with nine wins in a row and earning the first national ranking in program history, the Pitt softball team has stumbled into a slump. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of last weekend’s James Madison University Invitational in Harrisonburg, Virginia. So Pitt (14...

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