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What you may have missed: Winter break rundown

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 5, 2015


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Students are just returning from break, about to begin the spring semester, but Pitt varsity sports have continued to compete during the intermission. Men’s and women’s basketball played a handful of home games each, preparing for the upcoming ACC schedule. The football team played its last game of ...

Steve Pederson

Steve Pederson

By TNS

December 17, 2014


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Former athletic director Steve Pederson with senior basketball player Cameron Wright.

Steve Pederson steps down from Pitt athletic director position

Steve Pederson steps down from Pitt athletic director position

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

December 17, 2014


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Steve Pederson has resigned as Pitt’s athletic director, according to a release on Wednesday evening.Pederson worked as Pitt’s athletic director from 1996 to 2002, and returned to the school in the same capacity in 2007 after five years as Nebraska’s athletic director. In one of his most notew...

Wrestling

Wrestling

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

December 8, 2014


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Nick Bonaccorsi faces his opponent.

Athletes find ways to cope with practice, finals schedule

Athletes find ways to cope with practice, finals schedule

By Alex Fischbein and Brandon Duerr / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2014


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Chuck Knoles, the head coach of Pitt’s swimming and diving team, picks up his phone. On the other line was Tony Galante, a sophomore diver, who requested off of practice to Knoles so he could work on a final project.Normally this would be an issue, as missing practice in a varsity sport is generally disallowed. But finals wee...

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

December 8, 2014


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Paul Chryst led Pitt to another 6-6 season.

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 8, 2014


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With most students going home for the winter holidays, some Pitt students may forget about the sports that still compete over break. With that said, here are what different Pitt sports will be up to over the winter break.Men’s basketballThe Pitt men’s basketball team (5-3, 0-0 ACC) will be active ov...

A 6-6 record is just what we do: Six takeaways from Pitt’s football season

A 6-6 record is just what we do: Six takeaways from Pitt’s football season

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


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College football’s regular season is over and — for the fourth time in as many years — Pitt finished the season with an even .500 record. On the bright side, the Panthers showed promise and can now rely on a quarterback with a year of experience and an arsenal of weapons at his disposal. On the do...

Early major decision helps Pitt wrestling to big win over Maryland

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 5, 2014


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Despite its No. 11 ranking, Pitt had lost its last two dual matches entering Friday night. Dom Forys knew the team needed a win to stop the skid.“It’s all about who wants it more and who is willing to work hard for it,” Forys said.The freshman started Pitt off with a 17-4 major victory at 125 po...

Pitt faces Maryland following loss to No. 5 Penn State

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


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As the semester draws to a close, the Pitt wrestling team will return to the mat from a turkey-filled hiatus. The No. 11 Panthers (3-2, 0-0 ACC) face Big Ten opponent Maryland (4-3, 0-2 Big Ten) on Friday night in the Fitzgerald Field House for a final tune-up before the holiday break and conference ...

Hitting on all cylinders

Hitting on all cylinders

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

December 3, 2014


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Junior Amanda Orchard thrived in 2014, ranking among the nation's best in hitting percentage.

Despite tourney snub, Pitt pleased with 25-6 season

Despite tourney snub, Pitt pleased with 25-6 season

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

December 3, 2014


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With one year of the ACC under their belt, the Panthers entered the fall with hopes not only of excelling in conference play but also of making the NCAA Tournament. The team’s goal was dashed Sunday evening when the NCAA failed to give Pitt a bid. Despite the snub, head coach Dan Fisher and the Panthe...

Leaping high

Leaping high

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

November 30, 2014


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Casey Durham soars high at the net.

Panthers finish regular season with two weekend wins

Panthers finish regular season with two weekend wins

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 30, 2014


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Two weeks ago, the Pitt volleyball team lost twice in a weekend for the first time all season. After that, the Panthers vowed to avenge their losses — and they did.Pitt (25-6, 13-5 ACC) finished its season on a four-match winning streak, including wins against Louisville and Notre Dame this past week....

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

November 23, 2014


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Pitt's seniors played their last home game on Friday night.

Panthers win twice to keep NCAA tournament hopes alive

Panthers win twice to keep NCAA tournament hopes alive

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


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Entering this weekend having lost two straight, the Panthers knew they needed to win both weekend matches to salvage their chances of making the NCAA Tournament.“We definitely needed the momentum back,” senior libero Delaney Clesen said.On Friday, which was also Senior Night, Pitt (23-6, 11-5 AC...

Penn State doubles up Pitt in marquee wrestling matchup

Penn State doubles up Pitt in marquee wrestling matchup

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 22, 2014


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The last time Pitt and Penn State faced off on the wrestling mat, they set a new NCAA attendance record of 15,996 at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.Pitt did not disappoint in its turn, filling the lower bowl at the Petersen Events Center on Friday night with a raucous mix of Pitt and Penn State fa...

Wrestling

Wrestling

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 21, 2014


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Penn State defeated Pitt 24-12 on Friday night at the Petersen Events Center.

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 20, 2014


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Pitt's seniors play their last home game on Friday night.

Seniors take home court for last time on Friday night

Seniors take home court for last time on Friday night

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


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Friday night’s match means a lot to Kate Yeazel. It’ll be the last time the opposite — along with teammates Delaney Clesen, Jessica Wynn, Lindsey Zitzke and Mechael Guess — will wear a Pitt jersey at the Fitzgerald Field House.“It’s definitely crazy. It’s such a cliche, but your four ye...

Wrestling

Wrestling

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - https://www.facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 16, 2014


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Dom Forys squares off against his 125-pound Lehigh counterpart.

Pitt loses first match against No. 15 Lehigh

Pitt loses first match against No. 15 Lehigh

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


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Pat Santoro got the homecoming he wanted.Santoro, No. 15 Lehigh’s head wrestling coach, was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion at Pitt, and his Mountain Hawks came out of the Fitzgerald Field House Saturday with a 19-12 victory.Despite consecutive wins over ranked opponents by r...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 16, 2014


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Pitt lost two matches to Miami and Virginia Tech over the weekend.

Pitt loses two matches in disappointing weekend

Pitt loses two matches in disappointing weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


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Pitt’s success earlier in the volleyball season disappeared this weekend when the team dropped both matches, a first this year. The Panthers fell to Miami 3-0 and Virginia Tech 3-1.MiamiEntering Friday’s match, the Panthers were aware of its opponent’s toughness. Regardless, Pitt was swept for the first time this season. Miami (18-7, 11-3 AC...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 13, 2014


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With 40 top-25 votes, two wins this weekend might get the team ranked.

Panthers open weekend series with hopes of cracking top 25

Panthers open weekend series with hopes of cracking top 25

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


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The Panther volleyball team hopes to carry the momentum of beating a ranked opponent into this weekend, when it faces two tough teams at home.On Friday night, Pitt (21-4, 9-3 ACC) will host the Miami Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Field House. The team will then welcome Virginia Tech Sunday afterno...

Last kicks

Last kicks

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 12, 2014


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Senior Jackie Poucel's production will not be easily replaced next season.

Mixed results leave women’s soccer optimistic, wanting more

Mixed results leave women’s soccer optimistic, wanting more

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


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When dealing with youth, sometimes winning isn’t everything.The Pitt women’s soccer team walked off the field in disappointment after suffering through a merciless 6-1 defeat at the hands of the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers, but the Panthers know better than to hang their heads for long.The Panthers ...

Goal oriented

Goal oriented

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 11, 2014


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Pitt will have look to replace the production of departing seniors like Cory Werth in order to improve on a lackluster 2014 season. 

Pitt looks to build on disappointing year

Pitt looks to build on disappointing year

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

November 11, 2014


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After a second straight disappointing season, in which they failed to win a conference game, coach Joe Luxbacher and the Pitt men’s soccer team face the challenge of rebuilding.The Panthers finished the regular season with a record of 4-9-4, while also suffering another winless conference campaign....

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 9, 2014


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Pitt beat No. 25 Duke over the weekend along with Wake Forest.

Panthers beat ranked Duke in weekend sweep

Panthers beat ranked Duke in weekend sweep

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 9, 2014


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The Pitt volleyball team knew it needed to win on the road if the team wanted to improve its NCAA Tournament resumé. The Panthers (21-4, 9-3 ACC) defeated No. 25 Duke (18-6, 10-3 ACC) 3-2 Friday night and followed that win with a sweep of Wake Forest.Pitt defeated Duke in a back-and-forth match — ...

Wrestling

Wrestling

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

November 9, 2014


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Pitt beat Bucknell to open the season 3-0.

Pitt beats Bucknell, improves winning streak to three

Pitt beats Bucknell, improves winning streak to three

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 9, 2014


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After a big win over a top-10 Edinboro team, some might have worried that the Pitt wrestling team would suffer a letdown loss against Bucknell.But Max Thomusseit, ranked No. 5 in the nation, and the rest of the No. 14 (3-0, 0-0 ACC) Panthers made sure that didn’t happen as they beat Bucknell 22-11 in th...

Pitt wrestling knocks off No. 10 Edinboro

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 7, 2014


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Pitt defeated No. 10 Edinboro Thursday night, proving that the Panthers earned their No. 14 preseason ranking.Despite an early 10-3 deficit, Pitt came back to win the final five bouts and win the match 25-13.Dom Forys set the tone for Pitt, starting the match with a 6-0 win over No. 18 Kory Mines of Ed...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

November 6, 2014


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Pitt plays at Duke and Wake Forest this weekend.

Pitt travels for two weekend road matches

Pitt travels for two weekend road matches

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 6, 2014


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The Pitt volleyball team travels this weekend, playing back-to-back matches for the first time since Sept. 19-20, and consecutive road matches for the first time since Oct. 17-19.Pitt travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday to play the Duke Blue Devils and follows up that match Saturday evening against W...

Pitt wrestling wins first match of season

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 3, 2014


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Pitt wrestling started its season Sunday with a road match at Bloomsburg University. While the season was just beginning, the team seemed to have no trouble focusing on Bloomsburg despite Pitt’s upcoming match against No. 10 Edinboro.Pitt, which entered the season ranked No. 14 in the nation, defea...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 2, 2014


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Pitt dropped its away match at Virginia Tech and won at home against Syracuse.

Pitt splits weekend ACC matches

Pitt splits weekend ACC matches

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


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The Panthers had mixed results for the second weekend in a row, dropping Friday night’s match at Virginia Tech 3-1 and winning Sunday against Syracuse 3-0.“It was really good to refocus and get a win back at home and settle back into our groove, as we kind of lost it against Virginia Tech,” se...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 2, 2014


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Despite a 6-1 loss on Saturday, Pitt has reason for optimism as it improved on last year's record.

Panthers blown out by No. 3 Virginia in season finale

Panthers blown out by No. 3 Virginia in season finale

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


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While winning two of 10 ACC games may not seem like cause for optimism, the Pitt women’s soccer team showed great improvement upon a winless 2013 ACC campaign.Pitt wrapped up its schedule Saturday with a 6-1 loss in Charlottesville, Va., to the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers.Virginia outshot the Panther...

Above the net

Above the net

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 30, 2014


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Amanda Orchard leaps for the spike.

Pitt hoping to fight through pain in two weekend matches

Pitt hoping to fight through pain in two weekend matches

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


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The Panther volleyball team is off to one of its best starts in team history but is starting to feel the effects of the challenging slate of ACC conference games.Although a significant percentage of the squad is facing injuries, Pitt (18-3, 6-2 ACC) will have a split weekend facing Virginia Tech in ...

Sliding

Sliding

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

October 30, 2014


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Redshirt junior Ryan Myers slides in for a tackle.

Men’s soccer hosts Fighting Irish in season finale Saturday

Men’s soccer hosts Fighting Irish in season finale Saturday

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


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Pitt men’s soccer will try to end the season on a high note as it hosts fifth-ranked Notre Dame on senior night at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Saturday.The game will be the last for six Panthers. In its four years at Pitt, the class was unable to register a winning record in a single season, but was a p...

Stride for stride

Stride for stride

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 30, 2014


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Sophomore Siobhan McDonough (17) fights for possession.

Women’s soccer to end season against ranked Virginia

Women’s soccer to end season against ranked Virginia

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


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It’s been a challenging season for the Panthers, but the women’s soccer team has taken strides toward future success.The Pitt women’s soccer team will finish its 2014 season on Saturday, as they travel to Charlottesville, Va. for their final game, taking on the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers at 7 p.m. a...

Maria Genitsaridi

Maria Genitsaridi

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 27, 2014


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Sophomore Maria Genitsaridi goes for a spike.

What’s Greek for volleyball? Genitsaridi settles in on team after international move

What’s Greek for volleyball? Genitsaridi settles in on team after international move

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


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Two years ago, Maria Genitsaridi left behind the only life that she knew to live and play volleyball in the United States. Leaving her parents and younger brother in Greece, Genitsaridi boarded a plane from Crete bound for Pittsburgh.Now Genitsaridi, a sophomore outside hitter, is helping the Pitt vol...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 26, 2014


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Pitt led No. 4 Florida State two sets to zero, but ultimately lost the match.

Pitt cannot close out No. 4 FSU in five-set loss

Pitt cannot close out No. 4 FSU in five-set loss

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


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Two sets into the Spike and Slam Madness on Friday night, momentum was on Pitt’s side. But the Panthers slowly began to lose control of the match and walked away with a 3-2 heartbreaking loss to No. 4 Florida State.The Fitzgerald Field House shook with close to 2,000 fans in attendance for the hom...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 26, 2014


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The Panthers lost to No. 17 Clemson in the last career home game for the team's seniors.

Women’s soccer loses last home game to ranked Clemson

Women’s soccer loses last home game to ranked Clemson

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


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Sunday marked the final time Pitt seniors Jackie Poucel, Riliegh McHugh and Alex Charlebois would play in front of their home fans as the Pitt women’s soccer team hosted its last home contest of the 2014 season.The Panthers (6-11-0, 2-7-0) fell to the No. 17 Clemson Tigers (12-3-2, 5-3-1) by a final score of 2...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 26, 2014


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Pitt lost 2-1 over the weekend, remaining at the bottom of the ACC standings.

Weekend loss ensures no ACC tournament berth for Panthers

Weekend loss ensures no ACC tournament berth for Panthers

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


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Though it is just a formality at this point, the Pitt men’s soccer team will not make the ACC tournament, as the team sits in last place in the conference standings. The team needed to pick up three points with a win against Duke on Friday, but it could not.Despite a strong second half, Pitt men’s...

Penalty kick rebound downs Panthers in extra time

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


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For 92 minutes, the Pitt women’s soccer team had a chance to get a result. That possibility evaporated on an extra time penalty kick rebound.Hosting Louisville on Thursday night, the Panthers (6-10 overall, 2-6 ACC) limited the opposition to six chances on goal in regulation, holding the score eve...

Chasing down

Chasing down

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 22, 2014


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Siobhan McDonough tries to track down the ball.

Women’s soccer prepares for crucial Louisville contest

Women’s soccer prepares for crucial Louisville contest

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


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Having just completed a three-game stretch against top-15 teams without recording a win, the Pitt women’s soccer team is looking to use its losing streak as an impetus to play without fear.The Panthers will test their new mindset tonight as the Louisville Cardinals (6-7-2, 2-3-2) travel to Pittsbu...

Setting the standard

Setting the standard

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 22, 2014


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Freshman Kelsey O'Neill attacks the net.

Rolling Panthers face array of challenges this weekend

Rolling Panthers face array of challenges this weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


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After defeating two conference opponents last weekend, the surging Pitt volleyball team’s road doesn’t get any easier this weekend. The Panthers will first face No. 4 Florida State on Friday, then Louisville Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.“We have to approach this game with a lot of confidence,” ...

Back to back

Back to back

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

October 22, 2014


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Kevin Murray (left) scored an overtime goal against High Point to send Pitt into the win column Tuesday evening.

Overtime goal by Murray lifts Panthers over High Point

Overtime goal by Murray lifts Panthers over High Point

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


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Kevin Murray scored early in overtime and keeper Dan Lynd had a career high in saves as Pitt men’s soccer won its first game in October against Big South conference-leader High Point.“It was a good win. We battled, and there were some rough spots near the end of the game, but at the end of the day, yo...

Huddled up

Huddled up

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 22, 2014


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Tiara Chadran and the Pitt gymnastics team are anxiously awaiting their upcoming season.

Tiara Chadran talks upcoming season, life as a gymnast

Tiara Chadran talks upcoming season, life as a gymnast

By Joey Niklas / For The Pitt News

October 22, 2014


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When Tiara Chadran came to Pitt to continue her gymnastics career, she didn’t know a high school rival would follow her to the team a year later.She and sophomore teammate Kelly Burak competed against each other for years before they became teammates on a collegiate level.“I was [a member of] Pittsb...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


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Pitt has not scored in three games, and plays its last non-conference game against High Point.

Panthers attempt to break three game scoreless streak

Panthers attempt to break three game scoreless streak

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


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Considering how the Pitt men’s soccer team’s season has gone so far, the team’s last game, which ended in a scoreless tie,would be considered a positive result.After a tie on the road against Virginia Tech, Pitt will try to put together another impressive performance at home, this time against...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


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Pitt improved to 17-2 this season with two weekend wins over Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Panthers pick up two more ACC wins over weekend

Panthers pick up two more ACC wins over weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


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Playing in front of two of the ACC’s toughest crowds didn’t prevent the Pitt women’s volleyball team from picking up two more conference wins over the weekend, continuing an impressive season. With the NCAA Tournament in their sights, the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) beat both of their weekend oppone...

Women’s soccer

Women’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 19, 2014


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Pitt lost 3-0 on Saturday to No. 2 Florida State.

Panthers shut out in loss to third straight ranked team

Panthers shut out in loss to third straight ranked team

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


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The Pitt women’s soccer team must be relieved the weekend is over.The Panthers completed a three-game stretch of matches against nationally ranked ACC opponents Saturday afternoon. They lost to No. 2 Florida State 3-0 at Ambrose Urbanic Field.The contest was fairly one-sided, as the Seminoles (14-1-0...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


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Pitt tied Virginia Tech 0-0 on Friday.

Men’s soccer draws over weekend, now scoreless in three straight

Men’s soccer draws over weekend, now scoreless in three straight

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


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Over the weekend, Pitt might have had flashbacks to last week when, for the second straight time, the team ended regulation in a scoreless tie. But, last time out, Pitt’s opponent, Howard, ended the game with a late goal.This time, the Panthers tied Virginia Tech in a scoreless game in Blacksburg,...

Panthers continue tough ACC stretch against ranked FSU Saturday

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


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After losing to No. 6 North Carolina Sunday, the Panthers may not reach their goal of 11 wins this season. But the Pitt women’s soccer team still aims to stay focused on the stretch run of their upcoming ACC schedule.Pitt is currently tenth in the ACC with a 2-4-0 conference record to accompany a 6-8-0 re...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


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Pitt lost to Howard in extra time Tuesday, and now plays Virginia Tech this weekend.

Panthers try to forget last game, focus on weekend

Panthers try to forget last game, focus on weekend

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


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After a bad loss, a team’s coach sometimes doesn’t make his team watch film of the performance and just pretend the game didn’t happen. There comes a point when it’s not beneficial to watch a sub-par performance. Tuesday night might have been one of those games for the Pitt men’s soccer team.Now, th...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 17, 2014


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Pitt is showing well in ACC play so far, but travels for two road conference games this weekend.

Pitt takes winning streak into ACC road trip

Pitt takes winning streak into ACC road trip

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 17, 2014


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No matter how well a team performs, coaches and players agree that road conference games always present a significant challenge to the visitors.The Pitt volleyball team tests the challenge this weekend, as the team travels to Georgia Tech Friday evening and wraps up its weekend road trip with a Sunday a...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 14, 2014


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Junior Kevin Fielden dribbles by a Howard player.

Panthers lose heartbreaker despite season high in shots

Panthers lose heartbreaker despite season high in shots

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 14, 2014


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If the heavy winds surrounding Ambrose Urbanic Field Tuesday were an ominous sign for the Pitt Panthers, they didn’t know it at the time. Kevin Murray and the Pitt men’s soccer team expected to score a regulation goal on Howard, which had not shut out an opponent all season — until Tuesday night.A l...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 13, 2014


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Pitt volleyball won two games over the weekend to continue a great start to the season.

Panthers continue hot start with wins over weekend

Panthers continue hot start with wins over weekend

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 13, 2014


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Lately, the Pitt women’s volleyball team has seemed unbeatable, dropping only one of its last 11 matches, including this weekend’s sweep of Notre Dame and Syracuse. Fans have noticed. Friday’s home game featured a large pinked-out crowd for breast cancer awareness, and it was marked by an appearan...

Boxing out

Boxing out

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 9, 2014


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Freshman Hanna Hannesdottir fights a Notre Dame midfielder for the ball.

Streaking Panthers stumble, fall to rival Fighting Irish 2-0

Streaking Panthers stumble, fall to rival Fighting Irish 2-0

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2014


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For the first half of its game against No. 14 Notre Dame, the Pitt women’s soccer team had all the luck.Two near-scoring chances by the Fighting Irish in a five-minute span during the middle of the period hit the crossbar.But the luck ran out just before halftime because of an unrelenting Irish attac...

Above the net

Above the net

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 9, 2014


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Sophomore Jenna Potts leaps high to try to secure a point.

Pitt readies for weekend ACC battles with Notre Dame, Syracuse

Pitt readies for weekend ACC battles with Notre Dame, Syracuse

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 9, 2014


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The Panthers’ volleyball team wants to make a comeback this weekend from a thrilling, close loss to a top 25-ranked opponent, but it’ll take a lot of work. With ACC play in full swing, Pitt continues to face tough competitors.Notre Dame visits the Fitzgerald Field House at 7 p.m. Friday. Followin...

Battling it out

Battling it out

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 8, 2014


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Jackie Poucel fights for the ball.

Panthers prepare for challenge of rival Notre Dame

Panthers prepare for challenge of rival Notre Dame

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


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After a three-game road stint that resulted in a 2-1 record with wins over Syracuse and NC State, the Pitt women’s soccer team returns home on Thursday playing its best soccer of the season.The Panthers will face off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-4-1, 2-2-0) at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Ambr...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 7, 2014


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Pitt lost 2-1 at Xavier after conceding a goal in the fifth minute.

Pitt loses second straight game after conceding early road goal

Pitt loses second straight game after conceding early road goal

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 7, 2014


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The game seemed to be over before it had even started.Thanks to an early fifth-minute goal by the Pitt men’s soccer team’s opponent, Pitt had to fight back for almost the entire game, and that early goal proved to be enough to down the visiting Panthers.A late second-half goal ended the Panthers’...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Subhana Chaudhri / Staff Photographer

October 5, 2014


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Pitt's loss to North Carolina ended the team's eight-match winning streak.

Pitt loses to ranked team for second loss of the season

Pitt loses to ranked team for second loss of the season

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 5, 2014


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A strong non-conference showing was probably what contributed to the 600-plus spectators that packed the Fitzgerald Field House on Friday, but passing and blocking issues spoiled the Pitt volleyball team’s chances to upset the first ranked team it played this year.The Panthers lost their second game ...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 5, 2014


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The men's soccer team was outshot 19-5 in a loss to Virginia over the weekend.

Panthers cannot capitalize on early chances in loss

Panthers cannot capitalize on early chances in loss

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 5, 2014


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While a 19-5 shot differential doesn’t look good, the first 30 minutes of the Pitt men’s soccer team’s eventual loss to Virginia on Saturday reflected better play for the team.“It’s tough to win games when you only have five shots,” goalkeeper Dan Lynd said. “We have to figure out how t...

Women’s soccer wins second straight ACC game

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

October 5, 2014


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Coming out of the weekend, the Pitt women’s soccer team is up to seventh place in the ACC, and it’s thanks to the team finishing on the chances it got and striking early.“We, for once, capitalized on our opportunities,” head coach Greg Miller said. “We’ve positioned ourselves before with g...

Volleyball

Volleyball

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 2, 2014


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Pitt faces No. 12 North Carolina in the team's next ACC game.

Volleyball continues home stand against No. 12 UNC

Volleyball continues home stand against No. 12 UNC

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 2, 2014


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Anyone who said the Pitt volleyball team’s 12-1 start was a fluke, because they had not yet faced tougher ACC competition, now has less to talk about.The Panthers captured their first ACC win of the season on Sunday and, after five days off, they come back to play an even tougher opponent in a Nort...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 2, 2014


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Men's soccer beat Robert Morris 2-0 in the team's last game.

Soccer faces ranked Cavaliers to try for a winning record

Soccer faces ranked Cavaliers to try for a winning record

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 2, 2014


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Returning home after a victory at cross-city rival Robert Morris, the Pitt men’s soccer team has an opportunity to create something Friday that it hasn’t had since late August: a winning streak.The Panthers, coming off of a 2-0 victory against the Colonials, will play at home Friday at 7 p.m. against the Virgini...

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

September 30, 2014


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Men's soccer won 2-0 at Robert Morris tonight.

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