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No rest for the determined: Pitt rowers prepare for their season

No rest for the determined: Pitt rowers prepare for their season

By Ryan Reichardt / For The Pitt News

March 15, 2016


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

Wake up at 5 a.m. Get on the rowing machine. Go to class. Get on the rowing machine. “This is the base of what we do,” Pitt Crew Vice President Helen Ann Lawless said. The Pittsburgh club rowing team doesn’t take time off. Pitt rowers spend four months of the cold, dismal and gray Pittsburgh wi...

Unlucky three marks Panthers’ ACC opener

Unlucky three marks Panthers’ ACC opener

By Phoebe Gilmore / For The Pitt News

March 13, 2016


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

Pitt softball head coach Holly Aprile could have brought home her 200th career win this weekend, but her Panthers fumbled on all three chances to deliver it. In a weekend upset in Blackburg, Virginia, the Hokies (9-14, 4-2 ACC) swept the Panthers (16-8, 0-3 ACC) in a three-game series, ending a str...

Pitt scoops one win of three in weekend series

Pitt scoops one win of three in weekend series

By Ashwini Sivagnesh / For The Pitt News

March 13, 2016


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

The Pitt baseball team started its ACC season with two demoralizing losses, but managed to walk off the field in North Carolina with a last-ditch victory. At the ACC opener at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Panthers (7-6, ACC 1-2) faced catastrophic losses to the Tar Heels (14-2, ...

Q&A: First-year pitcher Sarah Dawson makes waves

Q&A: First-year pitcher Sarah Dawson makes waves

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

March 2, 2016


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

Four games in, Sarah Dawson, freshman pitcher for the Pitt softball team, has already thrown out any assumption that she can’t compete in the big leagues. On Saturday, Feb. 27, Dawson pitched a perfect game in Pitt’s 13-0 win against Providence College. It was the first perfect game in program his...

Growing up grappling: Wrestlers bloom from Pittsburgh WPIAL

Growing up grappling: Wrestlers bloom from Pittsburgh WPIAL

By David Leftwich

March 1, 2016


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

Maybe it’s something in the water. Pitt wrestling sits in one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting areas, in the heart of the high school Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League — a 100-year-old program now part of a statewide interscholastic wrestling league. The WPIAL’s amp...

Yarnall powers Pitt to weekend sweep over Grambling State

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

February 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Nick Yarnall hit baseballs so hard this weekend that he might have to check his aluminum bat for dents.  The junior led off the top of the third inning for the Panthers Friday afternoon with a solo blast to center field. But his weekend was just getting started, as he would tee off on five home runs ...

Webb, Wells and Wise: Track and Field Preps for ACC Championship

By Ted Zhang / Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


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

During the last week of February, the Pitt track and field team is just beginning a crucial period of competition. Top athletes from the ACC, including 30 Pitt athletes, will compete in the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship at Boston College this week, Feb. 25 to 27. Those who place in the Champ...

Pitt baseball opens season, goes 3-1 in Florida

Pitt baseball opens season, goes 3-1 in Florida

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

February 21, 2016


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

The Pitt baseball team started its 2016 season at the Historic Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida, with an offensive explosion against Niagara University but lagged behind for the weekend’s main event against Ohio State. During the tied season opener Friday night, cleanup hitter Alex Kowalczyk calml...

En garde: Students find passion in fencing

En garde: Students find passion in fencing

By Meg Millure / For The Pitt News

February 17, 2016


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

The tall, scuffed, white walls of the racquetball court in Trees Hall echo the sounds of sophomore Gabby Simon’s immaculate footwork as she leads Pitt’s fencing club in drills. The fencers in front of Simon mimic her movement  — squatting in a position reminiscent of a ballet plié — moving backwa...

Two Pitt gymnasts earn EAGL honors

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Due to a solid weekend performance at Towson University, some members of the Pitt gymnastics team were beaming Tuesday. Two members of the Pitt gymnastics team earned East Atlantic Gymnastics League weekly honors, as seniors Lindsay Offutt and Miya Dotson earned Gymnast of the Week and Specialist of t...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 15, 2016


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

ANDREW WELLS - Thrower, track and field Wells, a graduate student, has enjoyed a tremendous final campaign as a Panther. For the second time this year, Wells set a school record for throwing distance last weekend, tallying 21.87 meters at the Findlay Elite Open Throwers Competition in Geneva, Ohio....

ACC awards three Panthers postgraduate scholarships

ACC awards three Panthers postgraduate scholarships

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite their Pitt athletic careers coming to an end, three Panthers earned a final victory Wednesday morning. The ACC awarded football offensive lineman Artie Rowell, gymnast Lindsay Offutt and volleyball middle hitter Amanda Orchard postgraduate scholarships to allow them to further their academi...

Stepping off the mat: Pitt’s senior gymnasts prepare for life after graduation

Stepping off the mat: Pitt’s senior gymnasts prepare for life after graduation

By Zoë Hannah / Contributing Editor

February 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Dipping her feet into a bowl of chalk and dusting off the excess, Miya Dotson stared down her current source of frustration — a four-foot-high balance beam — for the third time that afternoon. With her teammates shouting “P-I-T-T” behind her, Dotson took off, leapt onto the springboard, tucked her body...

Athletic Director Scott Barnes talks strategy

Athletic Director Scott Barnes talks strategy

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

January 19, 2016


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

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes said he already knows Pitt’s fans and alumni care more than Utah State fans — now he’s asking them to prove it. The former Utah State athletic director spoke to more than 150 Pitt fans and alumni about the Athletic Department’s six strategic goals in Alumni H...

Panthers win four matches to sweep Pitt Duals

Panthers win four matches to sweep Pitt Duals

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 9, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Teams from all over the region traveled to Pittsburgh to wrestle on Saturday, but the Panthers had no trouble with any of their competition after a close opening match. In Pitt Duals at the Fitzgerald Field House on Saturday, the No. 20 Panthers defeated Duke, Davidson, Brown and Franklin and Marsha...

Campbell, Panthers blow by Edinboro, 24-9

Campbell, Panthers blow by Edinboro, 24-9

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Surrendering four years — but no weight — to his redshirt senior competitor, Pitt wrestler TeShan Campbell did not relent after falling into an early hole. “I just keep looking to score, stay focused on getting more points,” Campbell said after coming back from an early hole to defeat his Edi...

Pitt baseball releases 2016 schedule

Pitt baseball releases 2016 schedule

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 7, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt announced its 2016 baseball schedule Monday, unveiling another series of steep challenges in the competitive ACC. The regular season starts on Feb. 19, with the Historic Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida, where Pitt opens up against Niagara. Head coach Joe Jordano said in a release that ...

Pitt hires Jay Vidovich as new men’s soccer coach

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes has hired Jay Vidovich as the next men's soccer coach, the University announced Friday. Vidovich comes from a lengthy coaching background, having most recently helmed the Portland Timbers 2 in the United Soccer League for one season. Prior to that, Vidovich spent...

Pitt volleyball fails to secure NCAA Tournament bid

Pitt volleyball fails to secure NCAA Tournament bid

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Closing out its season with two home wins may not have guaranteed a berth to the NCAA Tournament, but after splitting two matches last week, Pitt’s volleyball team will never know whether it would have made the difference. The Panthers (23-9, 13-7 ACC) failed to make the NCAA Tournament in Sunday n...

Volleyball splits weekend, drops first home match of season

Volleyball splits weekend, drops first home match of season

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With only four more conference games left when it entered the weekend, Pitt volleyball’s most impressive resumé chip for the NCAA Tournament was its undefeated home record — but now, that mark has one Orange blemish. The Panthers faced Boston College (11-17) Friday and Syracuse (20-7) Sunday in two ma...

Finnish forward Roosa Arvas ends Pitt career on top

Finnish forward Roosa Arvas ends Pitt career on top

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

November 19, 2015


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

It took Roosa Arvas four sports, two countries and 4,250 miles to find her place in the history books as Pitt women’s soccer’s all-time points leader. Growing up in Kuopio, Finland, Arvas played ice hockey, volleyball and floorball, but soccer captivated her from an early age. Arvas played al...

Volleyball splits final two road matches of the season

Volleyball splits final two road matches of the season

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt volleyball experienced the power of time firsthand when two foes the team dominated in September now plagued it over the weekend. The Panthers (21-7, 11-5 ACC) lost 3-0 to North Carolina on Friday and edged North Carolina State 3-2 Saturday in two matches starkly different than their meetings i...

After bodybuilding career, King making impact as strength and conditioning coach

After bodybuilding career, King making impact as strength and conditioning coach

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

November 11, 2015


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

At the Fitzgerald Field House, a former bodybuilding champion works tirelessly to groom Pitt athletes into top-tier talent. And she does a fine job of it. Kim King, the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports at Pitt, boasts a professional athletic career — one that transcends gend...

Pitt volleyball splits a pair of weekend road matches

Pitt volleyball splits a pair of weekend road matches

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Dan Fisher knew a win over No. 22 Louisville this weekend would sharpen Pitt volleyball’s NCAA Tournament chances, especially given his team’s season-long road struggles. That upset win never came, as Pitt (20-6, 10-4 ACC) lost a five-set heartbreaker on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. A road w...

Panthers of the week

Panthers of the week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

NATHAN PETERMAN- Quarterback, football Although the Panthers lost on Thursday to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 26-19, quarterback Nathan Peterman had one of his best showings of the season. The junior University of Tennessee transfer completedwas 27 of 42 passes on the evening, throwing for a career-...

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher is retiring after 32 years as head coach, the University announced Tuesday. Luxbacher is only the second coach in the program’s history and a two-time Big East Coach of the Year. He compiled a 224-267-69 record during his career at Pitt, highlighted by a...

Panthers cannot complete upset over No. 1 Virginia in 6-0 season finale loss

Panthers cannot complete upset over No. 1 Virginia in 6-0 season finale loss

By Adam Richman / for The Pitt News

November 1, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After achieving its winningest season in program history, Pitt’s women’s soccer team couldn’t cap the run with a monumental upset win. Squaring off against No. 1 Virginia on Saturday, Pitt’s women’s soccer team fell in a largely one-sided competition, 6-0, in which the Cavaliers scored five...

Wrestling ready for opening slate this weekend

Wrestling ready for opening slate this weekend

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Eight months after watching Tyler Wilps climb down from the podium at nationals following his devastating NCAA championship loss, the Pitt wrestling team is primed to start another season. The Panthers open action this Sunday at the Terrapin Duals in College Park at the University of Maryland, whe...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 27, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

TYLER BOYD- Wide receiver, football With James Conner out for the season with a torn MCL, Tyler Boyd is Pitt football’s crowningjaw-droppingprimary playmaker. His abilities were on full display in Saturday’s 23-20 win at Syracuse, as the junior superstar shined in three facets of offense. Boyd c...

Panthers cannot get win for seniors in last home soccer game

Panthers cannot get win for seniors in last home soccer game

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

October 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

On Pitt men’s soccer’s senior night, the team sent off its veteran players the same way many of them entered the program — with a tough conference loss. Pitt (5-9-3, 0-7-1 ACC) suffered a 1-0 loss at home against the Duke Blue Devils (9-6-2, 3-4-1 ACC) Saturday night, the team’s senior nigh...

Women’s soccer drops second straight road game to ranked team in No. 22 Duke

Women’s soccer drops second straight road game to ranked team in No. 22 Duke

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

October 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In a stretch of road games against ranked teams, women’s soccer coach Greg Miller knows putting up shots and scoring first is paramount. While Pitt did take a brief lead over No. 22 Duke on Thursday night — thanks to a 24th-minute Sarah Krause goal — the Blue Devils (9-4-4, 3-2-3 ACC) quickly regaine...

Panthers of the Week: Mariah Bell and Chris Blewitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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Pitt men’s soccer winless in six straight following loss to Harvard

Pitt men’s soccer winless in six straight following loss to Harvard

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

Losses are piling up for the Pitt men’s soccer team. The Panthers (5-7-3, 0-5-1 ACC) dropped their third consecutive match late Tuesday afternoon, losing to the Harvard Crimson (6-4-2, 3-0 Ivy League) 3-2 in regulation. The loss also marked the Panthers second consecutive home loss to a non-conference o...

For the kill: Kullerkann ends journey from native Estonia with Pitt volleyball

For the kill: Kullerkann ends journey from native Estonia with Pitt volleyball

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


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

Kadi Kullerkann did not think a recruiting trip to the United States five years ago would involve babysitting a Marquette volleyball coach’s child. She also didn’t think the trip from her native Estonia was the first step on her path to playing at Pitt, a path marked with four seasons playing volle...

Panthers of the Week

Panthers of the Week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

HANNA  HANNESDOTTIR, MIDFIELDER, WOMEN’S SOCCER- After a solid freshman campaign in 2014 in which she started the Panthers’ final 12 games, Hannesdottir finally connected on her first goal of 2015 in dramatic fashion. The score by the Pitt midfielder came via an extra time penalty kick in the 99...

Pitt men’s soccer scoreless drought extends in loss to Cleveland State

Pitt men’s soccer scoreless drought extends in loss to Cleveland State

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

October 13, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

To match its 24-game winless streak, the Pitt men’s soccer team has another extended drought in tow. After a 1-0 loss to the Cleveland State Vikings (5-6-1, 1-3-1 Horizon), the Panthers (5-5-3, 0-4-1 ACC) have not scored a goal in their last 264 minutes of play. Lack of conversions by his team on t...

Fisher brings experience, leadership to Pitt volleyball

Fisher brings experience, leadership to Pitt volleyball

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

October 12, 2015


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

By 2013, Dan Fisher already had a packed resume. He had completed his collegiate volleyball career at University of the Pacific, participating on the U.S. men’s national team. He coached at four different college programs, compiling an undefeated season at one of them. He served as the offensive coordina...

Overtime penalty kick goal lifts Pitt over ‘Cuse

Overtime penalty kick goal lifts Pitt over ‘Cuse

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

October 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Greg Miller is superstitious. With sophomore midfielder Hanna Hannesdottir lining up to take a game-winning penalty kick in overtime, Miller, Pitt women’s soccer head coach, focused his eyes off the field. “I don’t ever watch [penalty kicks], so I’ll have to see it on video. But it went in and I guess ...

Pitt volleyball wins two road ACC matches

Pitt volleyball wins two road ACC matches

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

October 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Losing can either send a team into a spiral or provide motivation to improve — this weekend, Pitt volleyball coach Dan Fisher made sure it was the latter. After dropping two tough matches in Virginia last weekend, Fisher’s team bounced back with two road wins at Syracuse and Boston College. Pitt’s f...

Panthers tie Niagara after late regulation goal by Purple Eagles

Panthers tie Niagara after late regulation goal by Purple Eagles

By Adam Richman / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2015


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The Pitt men’s soccer team fell victim Tuesday night to a strike from a former bearer of the blue and gold. Squaring off against the Niagara Purple Eagles, the Pitt Panthers squandered a 1-0 lead with less than seven minutes remaining on a late goal by Niagara freshman Bautista Pedezert, who headed a...

Narduzzi’s defensive system continues to suppress, impress

Narduzzi’s defensive system continues to suppress, impress

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 4, 2015


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BLACKSBURG, Virginia — While Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman spends most of his time studying and reading opposing defenses, after Saturday’s win, he gave a quick analysis of his own team’s unit. “Our defense is really a championship-level defense. It’s great to have them,” Peterman said. ...

Road woes continue for Pitt volleyball in weekend losses

Road woes continue for Pitt volleyball in weekend losses

October 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s volleyball team can’t handle its homesickness this season. After dropping two matches over the weekend at Virginia Tech and Virginia, the Panthers have sunk to 1-4 in road matches this season despite an otherwise solid 12-4 record. The Panthers (12-4, 2-2 ACC) traveled to Virginia this wee...

Women’s soccer coach Greg Miller finds encouragement in 6-0 defeat

Women’s soccer coach Greg Miller finds encouragement in 6-0 defeat

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

October 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It’s hard to find the positive in a 6-0 loss, but Pitt head women’s soccer coach Greg Miller managed to Saturday after losing at Florida State . “To be honest, I am generally pleased with how we played the game — especially in the first half,” Miller said. Despite Pitt’s strong record (9-2...

Late goals push No. 2 North Carolina over Pitt

Late goals push No. 2 North Carolina over Pitt

By Jared Greenberg / for The Pitt News

October 4, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The cold, drizzling rain on Friday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field might have been a sign of the game to come, where a major underdog in Pitt men’s soccer took on the No. 2 team in the country. While Pitt’s record may have just tallied a loss, the result was as close to a moral victory as a team ca...

Panthers beat VMI ahead of matchup with Tar Heels

Panthers beat VMI ahead of matchup with Tar Heels

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

One day can make all the difference. For the Pitt men’s soccer team, it just delayed a seemingly inevitable outcome. The Pitt Panthers (5-3-1, 0-3-0 ACC) defeated the winless Virginia Military Institute Keydets (0-9) 4-0 Wednesday afternoon at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The game was originally schedul...

Men’s soccer facing two vastly different opponents this week in VMI and UNC

Men’s soccer facing two vastly different opponents this week in VMI and UNC

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt men’s soccer begins a five-game homestand this week against two drastically different opponents. The sputtering Virginia Military Institute (0-8, 0-1 Big SouthConference) will visit the Panthers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Then, on Friday, the No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels (7-0-1, 3-0-0 ACC) will v...

Pitt women’s soccer defeats Louisville 1-0, extends winning streak to eight games

Pitt women’s soccer defeats Louisville 1-0, extends winning streak to eight games

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

September 27, 2015


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

Pitt women’s soccer has never had more than eight wins in a season. Now, it has an eight-game winning streak. Coming off a 2-1 overtime victory against Wake Forest, which Pitt head coach Greg Miller described as “the biggest win since I’ve been here,” the Panthers (9-1-1, 3-0-0 ACC) traveled to...

Pitt volleyball sweeps ACC opening weekend against North Carolina State, North Carolina

Pitt volleyball sweeps ACC opening weekend against North Carolina State, North Carolina

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 27, 2015


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A raucous house full of dancing, cheering fans watched Pitt open its ACC schedule with two impressive wins this weekend at the Fitzgerald Field House. The Panthers (12-2, 2-0 ACC) faced off against the NC State Wolfpack (11-3, 0-2 ACC) Friday, winning 3-1. Pitt finished up the weekend against the U...

Pitt men’s soccer falls to Syracuse 5-0

Pitt men’s soccer falls to Syracuse 5-0

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 27, 2015


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The Pitt men’s soccer team has not won a conference game — Big East or ACC — in 30 consecutive matches. The Syracuse Orange (5-2-1, 1-1-1 ACC) shut out Pitt (4-3-1, 0-3 ACC) 5-0 Friday night in Syracuse, New York. The change in competition hit the Panthers hard, as they lost a net total of 24 ...

Pitt women’s soccer beats Wake Forest in OT 2-1, extends win streak to seven games

Pitt women’s soccer beats Wake Forest in OT 2-1, extends win streak to seven games

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

September 24, 2015


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“This was a monumental win for our program.” That’s how head coach Greg Miller responded to Pitt women’s soccer’s 2-1 overtime win against Wake Forest at Ambrose Urbanic Field Thursday night. “This is the biggest win, certainly since I’ve been here,” Miller said. “For the team, who h...

Pitt volleyball starts ACC slate against red hot North Carolina State, North Carolina

Pitt volleyball starts ACC slate against red hot North Carolina State, North Carolina

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 24, 2015


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Good times never felt so good as the Panthers kick off their ACC schedule with two visits from North Carolina teams. Pitt volleyball, winner of three straight games, hopes to keep its momentum going as it faces a hot North Carolina State University Wolfpack team, winners of nine in a row. The Panthers...

Women’s soccer facing challenge of Demon Deacons on Thursday

Women’s soccer facing challenge of Demon Deacons on Thursday

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


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Pitt women’s soccer has veered away from most obstacles it’s faced this season. While the wins have accumulated, the obstructions on the horizon are only growing larger, as the Panthers’ schedule strength improves heading into ACC play. The next foe for the Panthers is Wake Forest, which enters Pi...

Men’s soccer edges out Robert Morris thanks to goal in double-overtime

Men’s soccer edges out Robert Morris thanks to goal in double-overtime

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


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The Panthers hadn’t scored in 280 minutes. In Tuesday’s game against cross-city rivals Robert Morris, senior midfielder Patrick Dixon lined up Pitt’s 12th corner kick of the night. He approached and sent a ball toward the middle of the box. A barrage of Colonials and Panthers jostled for positi...

Former Pitt wrestler Bright arrested following Friday incident

Former Pitt wrestler Bright arrested following Friday incident

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 22, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pittsburgh Police department arrested former Pitt wrestler Edgar Bright following an incident Friday night. Bright was charged with seven total counts including aggravated assault, firearm violations and drug possession. According to E.J. Borghetti, Pitt’s associate athletic director for media re...

Pitt men’s soccer shut out by Boston College

Pitt men’s soccer shut out by Boston College

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 20, 2015


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The Panthers’ scoring drought continued Saturday night at Newton Field in Newton, Massachusetts. Pitt (3-2-1, 0-2-0 ACC) fell to Boston College (4-2-1, 1-1-0 ACC) 2-0 in its second consecutive loss to a conference opponent this season. Both teams rifled eight shots on goal and six corner attempt...

Pitt volleyball sweeps Panther Invitational, moves to 10-2

Pitt volleyball sweeps Panther Invitational, moves to 10-2

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

September 20, 2015


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Call this weekend the debut of the “Kullerkann and Potts Show.” Pitt volleyball hosted the Panther Invitational on Sept. 18 and 19, during which Kadi Kullerkann and Jenna Potts led a Panther sweep of the tournament. The team advanced to a 10-2 record as it topped Bowling Green, Lehigh and Georg...

Pitt women’s soccer wins first ACC home game against North Carolina State 2-0

Pitt women’s soccer wins first ACC home game against North Carolina State 2-0

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

September 20, 2015


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Ambrose Urbanic Field is finally starting to feel like home to Pitt women’s soccer. With a 2-0 victory on Sunday, the Panthers  (7-1-1, 1-0-0 ACC) tallied their first ACC home win against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The victory also extended the team’s winning streak to six games. Pitt trans...

Pitt women’s soccer goes into ACC slate with program best record

Pitt women’s soccer goes into ACC slate with program best record

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

September 17, 2015


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For Pitt’s women’s soccer team, it’s time to crank the difficulty up from “easy.” After cruising through its non-conference schedule to the tune of a 6-1-1 record, Pitt’s women’s soccer team now has the privilege of playing against opponents in the toughest conference in collegiate soccer. Currently, the ACC boasts the top thr...

Pitt men’s soccer continues search for first ACC win at Boston College

Pitt men’s soccer continues search for first ACC win at Boston College

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt men’s soccer hasn’t won a conference game since 2011. Four years and a conference change later, the struggles continued against Wake Forest, and now Pitt will travel to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on Saturday to take on Boston College in search of its first ACC win since joining in 2013. ...

Pitt volleyball focusing internally in advance of Panther Invitational

Pitt volleyball focusing internally in advance of Panther Invitational

By David Leftwich / For The Pitt News

September 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt volleyball will face three Division I opponents this weekend in the Panther Invitational — but the Panthers are their own biggest adversaries during the upcoming slate of games. After a successful 2-1 performance last weekend in which the Panthers’ only loss was a closely contested battle ...

Off to 6-1-1 start, Pitt women’s soccer makes program history

Off to 6-1-1 start, Pitt women’s soccer makes program history

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

September 13, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

As they head into conference play next week, Pitt women’s soccer team is in good standing. Make that historically good standing. A pair of victories over Liberty and Akron, 2-1 and 3-0, respectively, have the team off to its best start in program history, at 6-1-1. Liberty The Pant...

Pitt volleyball goes 2-1 in Michigan Challenge over weekend

Pitt volleyball goes 2-1 in Michigan Challenge over weekend

By David Leftwich / For The Pitt News

September 13, 2015


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At its toughest invitational this season, Pitt volleyball didn’t meet a challenge until it was too late. Ask Pitt head coach Dan Fisher. “We won the first two, but I don’t think we played as well as we could have actually, even though we won,” Fisher said. Those first two wins, against South...

Pitt men’s soccer ACC woes continue in 4-0 loss to Wake Forest

Pitt men’s soccer ACC woes continue in 4-0 loss to Wake Forest

By Adam Richman / For The Pitt News

September 13, 2015


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The rain and Pitt’s ACC hopes fell hard Saturday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Squaring off at home against No. 14 Wake Forest, Pitt’s men’s soccer team fell in a one-sided competition, continuing its conference losing streak since it joined the ACC in 2013. The final score was 4-0 Demon Deaco...

Women’s volleyball prepares for test of Michigan Challenge

Women’s volleyball prepares for test of Michigan Challenge

By David Leftwich / For The Pitt News

September 9, 2015


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After two mostly successful tournament runs this season, the Pitt women’s volleyball team will move onto the boss level during an invitational this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Williams is not underestimating the challenge. “I think this is the toughest tour...

Women’s soccer thriving thanks to strong freshmen play

Women’s soccer thriving thanks to strong freshmen play

By Jeff Carpenter / For The Pitt News

September 9, 2015


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Sporting a young roster and a weak resumé, there was little reason to expect much from the Pitt women’s soccer team this year. Six games into the season, it appears that youth might be reversing the program’s fortunes. Touting a 4-1-1 record and coming off a successful 2-0 weekend, the Panthers must ...

Men’s soccer prepares for Demon Deacons

Men’s soccer prepares for Demon Deacons

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 8, 2015


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The last time Wake Forest University played the Pitt men’s soccer team in Pittsburgh, the Panthers were new members of the ACC conference. The Demon Deacons easily disposed of the Panthers in September 2013, winning 2-0, and Pitt’s ACC record worsened to 0-3. Fifteen conference games and two years later...

Pitt volleyball sets sights on home opener

Pitt volleyball sets sights on home opener

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

September 2, 2015


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After a successful triad of matches in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Pitt women’s volleyball team will hit familiar hardwood for the first time this season. The Panthers will debut in front of their own fans, taking on a trio of opponents during this weekend’s Pitt/Duquesne Invitational. The matches thems...

Pitt volleyball goes 2-1 to start season at Nebraska Invite

Pitt volleyball goes 2-1 to start season at Nebraska Invite

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

August 31, 2015


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For a program with tournament goals, Pitt volleyball’s start didn’t help answer any questions. The Panthers won two of three games at this weekend’s Nebraska Invite, defeating two middling programs, but losing to a top-ranked opponent. The team headed west to Lincoln, Nebraska to face off ag...

Pitt women’s soccer finishes Colorado road trip on high note with overtime win

Pitt women’s soccer finishes Colorado road trip on high note with overtime win

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

August 31, 2015


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After 90 minutes of fruitless offense, Ashley Moreira decided it was time for the Panthers to go home. The sophomore Pitt midfielder netted the game-winning goal just five minutes into overtime, sending the Panthers out of Colorado and back to Pittsburgh with a win over Colorado College on Sunday....

Clean sheet: Men’s soccer defense shines over weekend in interstate matchups

Clean sheet: Men’s soccer defense shines over weekend in interstate matchups

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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Two games, two shutouts. That’s how the Pitt Panthers men’s soccer team began its regular season this past weekend during an eastern Pennsylvania road trip against Lafayette and Lehigh. The Panthers defeated the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 3-0 Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Patrick Dixon had two goals an...

Pitt volleyball’s strong schedule, conference paves tough road to tournament

Pitt volleyball’s strong schedule, conference paves tough road to tournament

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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Meeting expectations is never easy. But to do so, the Pitt women’s volleyball team will have to overcome a difficult schedule and roster turnover in its upcoming season. The Panthers are coming off a stellar year both overall and in their second season in the ACC.The season saw the team reel off an...

Pitt wrestling seeks revival following a disappointing season

Pitt wrestling seeks revival following a disappointing season

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

August 30, 2015


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Pitt assistant wrestling coach Drew Headlee recognizes that last season was a major disappointment — especially by the team’s self-created standards. “Anyone not standing on that championship podium would say last season was a letdown,” Headlee said of the team’s 8-8 campaign in 2014. “They...

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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Every loss takes a toll. Unfortunately for the Pitt men’s soccer team, it’s seen more than its fair share since moving to the ACC two seasons ago, going home winless in all 19 of its in-conference games since the switch. In his 32nd season with Pitt, head coach Joe Luxbacher knows that the path t...

Pitt softball stays hungry for next year after first NCAA berth

Pitt softball stays hungry for next year after first NCAA berth

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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The previous record-setting season for Pitt’s softball squad will be a tough one to follow, but the Panthers are ready. Just ask one of the keys to Pitt’s surprise run, Maggie Sevilla. “It was a lot of fun and a great send-off for the seniors, and great for the younger players to get a taste ...

Pitt baseball aims to learn from mental mistakes in new season

Pitt baseball aims to learn from mental mistakes in new season

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


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Yogi Berra, that old master of the befuddling — but truthful — phrase, once said “baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” For Pitt baseball, nothing could sum up the key to the upcoming season better. Competing in the ACC has been hard for Pitt since its transition two years ag...

Yarnall, Mersing highlight slate of Pitt baseball players in summer leagues

Yarnall, Mersing highlight slate of Pitt baseball players in summer leagues

By Joe Rokicki / For the Pitt News

August 30, 2015


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Sometimes, hitting can be contagious — Pitt first baseman Nick Yarnall hopes for his bat to catch fire with his offseason work this summer. Yarnall, who started 24 games for the Panthers last season, batting .330 with 29 hits, four home runs and 15 RBI in 88 at-bats, is playing left field, first...

Ultimate challenge

Ultimate challenge

By Courtesy of Pitt Ultimate's Facebook page.

July 7, 2015


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Marcus Ranii-Dropcho is looking forward to his first Championships appearance.

National treasure: Quartet of Pitt Ultimate players headed to London for Championships

National treasure: Quartet of Pitt Ultimate players headed to London for Championships

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


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Despite all the success that members of Pitt’s Ultimate team — entitled “En Sabah Nur” — have achieved, including winning two consecutive national championships, a quartet of them have their eyes set on something bigger.Trent Dillon, Tyler Kunsa, Marcus Ranii-Dropcho and Max Thorne are among...

New in town

New in town

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 30, 2015


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Scott Barnes overlooks his new stomping grounds as Pitt's athletic director.

Ace in waiting

Ace in waiting

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

June 23, 2015


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Pitt junior pitcher TJ Zeuch will be relied upon heavily 

Promising T.J. Zeuch appears poised to be Panthers’ ace next season

Promising T.J. Zeuch appears poised to be Panthers’ ace next season

By Joe Rokicki / For The Pitt News

June 23, 2015


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Each time a pitcher takes the mound, he’s tasked with creating a masterpiece — hurlers must paint the corners and brush back players. The strike zone is an easel.Pitt’s baseball team has an artist of its own in rising junior pitcher T.J. Zeuch. Accuracy, precision and velocity are each components of the fu...

June 24 News and Notes: Catching up on Pitt sports from the past week

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 23, 2015


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TRIO OF PICKUPS: This week, three members of the 2016 recruiting class announced verbal commitments to the Pitt football program.Central Catholic defensive back Bricen Garner, Bedford, Ohio running back Chawntez Moss and Lafayette, Va. linebacker Chase Pine alldeclared their intention to commit to Pat N...

Three Panthers selected in 2015 MLB draft

Three Panthers selected in 2015 MLB draft

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

June 10, 2015


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For the third straight year, the MLB Draft has put three Panthers on the road to the bigs.In the 28th round of the MLB Draft on June 10, the Oakland Athletics drafted junior starting pitcher Marc Berube. In the 31st round, the New York Yankees selected senior relief pitcher Hobie Harris. Finally, in the ...

A jump above

A jump above

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

June 2, 2015


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Ron Sherman fields a play at third baseman.

Summer Surveys: Ron Sherman

Summer Surveys: Ron Sherman

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015


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With Summer Surveys, The Pitt News hopes to better familiarize the Pitt community with some top Panther athletes. In this installment, we got to know Pitt baseball senior infielder Ron Sherman. What’s a goal you have for the summer?To learn how to play the piano. I’ve always loved instruments, so it’s t...

Wrestle-mania

Wrestle-mania

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

May 28, 2015


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Pitt wrestling had another strong season in 2015, further establishing themselves as ACC contenders.

Looking back: a topsy-turvy year in Pitt Athletics

Looking back: a topsy-turvy year in Pitt Athletics

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

May 28, 2015


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Everybody wants to brag about their school.Maybe it’s just human nature to want your friends to know that your school’s sports teams are better than theirs. Regardless, you better make sure that if you’re going to brag about Pitt athletics, you know what you’re talking about.That being said, le...

Summer Surveys: Shelby Pickett

Summer Surveys: Shelby Pickett

By Jesssica Boddy / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


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With Summer Surveys, The Pitt News hopes to better familiarize the Pitt community with some top Panther athletes. In this installment, we got to know Pitt softball rising senior infielder Shelby Pickett.1. Who’s your favorite athlete? Andrew McCLUTCHen (McCutchen, but that’s what I call him!)2. D...

Zeuch! There It Is!

Zeuch! There It Is!

By Heather Tennant / Senior Staff Photographer

May 26, 2015


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T.J. Zeuch's progression entering next season will be a key for Pitt's ability to compete in the ACC.

Pitt baseball needs added consistency to compete in loaded ACC

Pitt baseball needs added consistency to compete in loaded ACC

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 26, 2015


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Joining a new athletic conference is never easy. Pitt head baseball coach Joe Jordano is learning that firsthand.Since Pitt hired him in 1998, Jordano led Pitt to nine Big East tournaments, including five straight from 2009-2013, and became the winningest coach in Pitt baseball history. Under Jordano, the te...

Beast Mod-ic

Beast Mod-ic

By Meghan Sunners / Senior Staff Photographer

May 19, 2015


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Jenna Modic had a big weekend, highlighted by a grand slam against Cal.

Pitt softball dream season ends despite successful weekend slate

Pitt softball dream season ends despite successful weekend slate

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 19, 2015


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After a defining season, in which the Pitt softball team set a program high for wins, the Panthers were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament Regional round this weekend. The team went 2-2 overall in its slate of games in Ann Arbor, Mich., from Friday to Sunday. FRIDAY, MAY 15: CALIFORNIA 11, PITT 3Pitt...

Lucky 13

Lucky 13

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

May 19, 2015


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Jacob Wright excelled in the lead-off spot this year for Pitt.

Pitt ends down season on high note with series win against Virginia Tech

Pitt ends down season on high note with series win against Virginia Tech

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 19, 2015


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Sitting at 18-31, all Pitt baseball had to play for was pride.With a weekend series win against Virginia Tech (27-26, 13-16 ACC), they accomplished that goal.Out of contention for the ACC tournament with a 9-20 conference record, the Panthers played well against a team fighting for their own tourney ...

Modic grand slam propels Pitt one step closer to Super Regionals

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 16, 2015


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Despite a loss in its first contest of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the Pitt softball team survived on Saturday, winning its two Sunday games to remain in play for a Super Regional berth.The Panthers could not afford a misstep in either game following their loss to Cal on Friday, as the Regional round is double...

Pitt softball drops tournament opener to California

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 16, 2015


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An early lead doesn’t always mean success. Though Pitt struck first in their first game of the NCAA Tournament yesterday, the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears responded immediately, sealing a mercy rule loss in Ann Arbor, Mich. After first pitch at 3:30, Pitt scored two runs in the top of th...

King Slayer

King Slayer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

May 12, 2015


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Senior pitcher Savannah King will take the mound for Pitt in their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance

After big ACC Tournament, softball earns first-ever NCAA bid

After big ACC Tournament, softball earns first-ever NCAA bid

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

May 12, 2015


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For the first time in program history, the Pitt softball team is going dancing.Following a surprising run to the ACC Tournament Championship, the Panthers learned Sunday evening that they earned the school’s first-ever selection to the NCAA Tournament.Pitt will open up tournament play in the regiona...

Pitt baseball loses two of three to Yellow Jackets in Atlanta

By Stephen Caruso / Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


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Georgia Tech struck early and often last weekend, setting up Pitt baseball’s third consecutive conference series loss, as it lost two of three games in Atlanta.Starting pitching, or a lack thereof, served as foreshadowing for each game’s winner. Only in games where their starter pitched more th...

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