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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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Boyd begins transformation to football cyborg

Boyd begins transformation to football cyborg

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

March 31, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Editor's note: This is a satirical story. Pitt’s standout sophomore receiver Tyler Boyd has upped his game tremendously by making the full transition to cyborg mecha-receiver.Boyd, who has asked the media to refer to him by his new nickname, “Ty-Borg,” had a plethora of new features installed inside a fe...

Deserving mid-major teams left out of NCAA field

Deserving mid-major teams left out of NCAA field

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

March 18, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As the NCAA Tournament approaches each year, some teams are nervously tapping their feet as they hope to break into the Big Dance. They heard analysts debate for weeks about whether their team would make the tournament or not, yet they were stuck sweating it out until Selection Sunday when they saw if t...

Pitt swimmers and divers prepare for Georgia championships

Pitt swimmers and divers prepare for Georgia championships

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Dominic Giordano knew before his dive on Saturday that his win depended on nearly perfect form.His back 1 1/2 somersault and 3 1/2 twist earned him 97.35 points out of a possible 99 and ensured that he grabbed the top spot, and in the process, the sophomore diver won his and Pitt’s first ACC diving titl...

Gymnastics, track and field ready for weekend meets

Gymnastics, track and field ready for weekend meets

By Brandon Duerr / Staff Writer

January 22, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

This weekend, two of Pitt’s varsity sports teams will head away from the city to compete in weekend meets. Here is a preview of their weekend action.GYMNASTICSThe gymnastics team will travel to the home of its East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foe New Hampshire in Durham to try to pick up a ke...

Should Aaron Donald be the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year?

By Alex Fischbein and Brandon Duerr / The Pitt News Staff

January 12, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Former Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald entered the 2014 NFL Draft to a litany of questions about whether his 6-foot-1-inch, 285-pound frame could make the adjustment from college to the NFL. The skepticism soon vanished as Donald thrived for the St. Louis Rams, compiling nine sacks and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl as a ...

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


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Pitt in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald climbs in record books

Pitt in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald climbs in record books

By Brandon Duerr / for The Pitt News

November 10, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

For the second straight week, Larry Fitzgerald led the group of Pitt alumni in the NFL and made some noise in the league record books as well. At week 10, Fitzgerald and the Cardinals traveled back to Arizona to face rookie Aaron Donald and the division rival Rams, who were coming off a very impressi...

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald continues resurgence in week nine

Pitt in the NFL: Fitzgerald continues resurgence in week nine

By Brandon Duerr / For The Pitt News

November 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Sunday’s week nine NFL games started out with a thriller in Houston as the Philadelphia Eagles won 31-21 with a backup quarterback.When starting quarterback Nick Foles broke his collarbone in the first half, former Pitt running back LeSean McCoy stepped up to help lead the Eagles to victory. McCoy finis...

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