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Pitt’s Chinaza Ndee (5) prepares to hit the ball at a game against the University of Virginia at Fitzgerald Field House on Sept. 29.

Panthers volleyball narrowly edged by Cardinals in top-five battle

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer October 24, 2021
In one of the most highly anticipated NCAA volleyball matches of the season, No. 2 Louisville handed the No. 4 Panthers their second loss of the season — three sets to two — in a thrilling, five set bout.
Serena Gray, senior middle blocker, transferred from Penn State this year. Pictured is Gray spiking the ball during Pitt’s game against BYU.

Super-senior transfers make instant impact for Pitt volleyball

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer October 13, 2021
Pitt volleyball added two high-powered transfers, Leketor Member-Meneh from Missouri and Serena Gray from Penn State, to its roster this offseason and they’ve made an instant impact, helping propel the Panthers to a top-five ranking.
Graduate student Kayla Lund (23) prepares to bump the ball back over the net at Pitt’s volleyball game against Georgia Tech at the Fitzgerald Field House on Sunday.

No. 2 Pitt volleyball falls to No. 18 Georgia Tech for first defeat of the season

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer October 11, 2021
No. 2 Pitt volleyball suffered its first defeat of the season Sunday to No. 18 Georgia Tech at Fitzgerald Field House. Pitt is the highest ranked opponent the Yellow Jackets have ever beaten.
Pitt Panther Serena Gray sends the ball over the net during Pitt vs. WVB volleyball game.

Panthers cruise against UVA, extend winning streak to 13

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer October 1, 2021
Backed by a raucous Volley Pitt student section, the Panthers handily defeated the Cavaliers in straight sets — extending their undefeated start to the season.
The Panthers swept both games they played this weekend in North Carolina, knocking off the UNC Tar Heels in Chapel Hill and the NC State Wolfpack in Raleigh to continue their undefeated start to the season.

Pitt volleyball begins ACC with wins against UNC and NC State

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer September 27, 2021
No. 4 Pitt volleyball continued their dominant start to the 2021 season by beating North Carolina and North Carolina State this weekend. The Panthers struggled at times, but still returned home with a pair of 3-1 wins under their belts.
Kayla Lund led a dominant run of Pitt volleyball during her time in Oakland. As she looks toward the end of her time as a Panther, Lund wants to make history and memories on the court.

Kayla Lund looks to finish historic Pitt volleyball career on top

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer September 21, 2021
Kayla Lund led a dominant run of Pitt volleyball during her time in Oakland and she’s looking forward to making history in her final year.
No. 4 Pitt volleyball traveled to Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky. for its final tune-up games at the Comfort Inn-vitational in preparation of their ACC opener against UNC on Friday. The undefeated Panthers dominated the event, sweeping Marshall and Morehead State and improving their spotless record to 10-0 on the season.

Panthers continue undefeated streak at Comfort Inn-vitational

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer September 19, 2021
No. 4 Pitt volleyball made the trip southwest to Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky. for its final tune-up games at the Comfort Inn-vitational. The Panthers went 2-0 and didn’t drop a set against Marshall and Morehead State.
No. 4 Pitt Volleyball hosted the Panther Challenge this weekend in the Fitzgerald Fieldhouse, sweeping High Point, No. 12 BYU and Bowling Green to maintain its perfect record.

No. 4 Pitt volleyball improves to perfect 8-0 record after Panther challenge

By Brayden Tinney, For The Pitt News September 13, 2021
No. 4 Pitt Volleyball hosted the Panther Challenge at the Fitzgerald Field House this weekend. The Panthers swept the event, beating High Point, No. 12 BYU and Bowling Green to maintain their perfect record.
On Friday, the Panthers celebrated after extending their winning streak with a 3-1 victory at home over No. 12 BYU. It was their second victory of the day in the Panther Challenge, hosted this weekend by Pitt at the Fitzgerald Field House.

Panthers stay undefeated with commanding 3-1 victory against No. 12 BYU

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer September 13, 2021
No. 4 Pitt volleyball remained undefeated and added another win over a ranked opponent on Friday night. The Panthers downed No. 12 BYU at the Fitzgerald Field House to conclude the first day of the Panther Challenge.
With 14 team kills for Pitt and fifth-year right-side hitter and middle blocker Chinaza Ndee’s set-winning kill, the Panthers took the third set at the Carolina Classic at a score of 25-19.

Undefeated Pitt volleyball wins Carolina Classic in sweep

By Brayden Tinney, For The Pitt News August 31, 2021
No. 9 Pitt volleyball traveled to South Carolina over the weekend, opening its season at the Carolina Classic. The Panthers swept the event with three victories against No. 23 Rice, No. 18 Washington State and unranked South Carolina.
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