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Pitt senior right side hitter Chinaza Ndee reflected on the path that led her to this moment in front of reporters at a Zoom press conference last week. The team captain had just posted a 17-kill performance, boosting her team to a straight-set win over No. 14 Utah to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Panther star Chinaza Ndee embraces leadership role on and off the court

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 23, 2021
Pitt senior Chinaza Ndee has taken her leadership role on the volleyball team in stride, navigating the team to success both on and off the court this year.
Pitt volleyball’s historic NCAA tournament run came to an end on Monday afternoon, and it happened in possibly the most heartbreaking way imaginable.

Panthers’ historic NCAA tournament run ends in heartbreaking fashion, losing 3-2 to No. 6 Washington

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 19, 2021
Pitt’s historic NCAA tournament run came to an end on Monday afternoon, and it happened in possibly the most heartbreaking way imaginable.
Pitt volleyball (18-4) shocked the entire sport on Sunday, outlasting Minnesota (16-3) in a five-set thriller 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11. The Panthers will face Washington in the Elite Eight on Monday at noon.

Panthers shock No. 3 Minnesota in thrilling comeback, will face Washington in regional finals on Monday

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 19, 2021
Just a few days after its first second-round NCAA Tournament victory, Pitt volleyball shocked the No. 3 Minnesota Gophers in a thrilling comeback. The Panthers will face No. 6 Washington in the Elite Eight on Monday at noon.
Senior right side hitter Chinaza Ndee finished with a team high 17 kills on Thursday night.

Pitt volleyball advances to Sweet 16 for first time in program history

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 16, 2021
The Panthers swept No. 14 Utah behind a powerful performance from senior captain Chinaza Ndee, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
Pitt star forward Amanda West was named ACC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week on Tuesday for her performance in the Panthers’ final game of the regular season against Kentucky.

Panthers receive recognitions across multiple sports

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 9, 2021
Punxsutawney Phil may have had Pitt in mind when he predicted six weeks of winter before one of the most “beautiful and brightest” springs ever. The Panthers got the spring started in great fashion with a slew of accolades across multiple sports.
Pitt returned to form at the Fitzgerald Field House on Sunday, increasing its win streak to 10 with a 3-0 blowout against UNC.

Panthers overwhelm UNC 3-0 in final home match, extend win streak to 10

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 29, 2021
“We still feel like we did have a home-court advantage.” Despite limited attendance, Pitt returned to form at the Fitzgerald Field House on Sunday, sweeping UNC for its 10th straight victory.
The No. 19 Pitt volleyball team managed to remain steady during a dominant 3-0 sweep of rival West Virginia. The Panthers have not played a “Backyard Brawl” against the Mountaineers since 2011, and won with scores of 25-8, 25-12 and 25-15, respectively.

Panthers sweep West Virginia in first volleyball Backyard Brawl since 2011

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer March 26, 2021
Pitt volleyball faced West Virginia for the first time in a decade on Wednesday, cruising to a 3-0 sweep.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Lockwood (18) had a career-high eight kills during Pitt's 3-1 victory over Virginia on Saturday evening.

No. 22 Volleyball begins spring slate with four-set win over UVA

By Tricia Caucci, For the Pitt News March 8, 2021
No. 22 Pitt Volleyball (5-4) began spring ACC play at the Fitzgerald Field House against Virginia (2-8) this past Saturday. The Panthers came into the matchup with an even 4-4 conference record while the Cavaliers entered winless against ACC opponents. Pitt won the match handily by a final of three sets to one.
First year Chinaza Ndee received her second honor as ACC Freshman of the Week after recording five kills in the team’s match against Miami and nine kills in the team’s match against Florida State over the weekend. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

Chinaza Ndee earns second ACC Freshman of the Week honor

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor November 7, 2017

First-year volleyball player Chinaza Ndee earned her second ACC Freshman of the Week honor after her standout performance during the Panthers’ weekend domination of the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida...

Kamalani Akeo (3) sets teammate Jenna Potts in a match at Fitzgerald Field House last season. (TPN File Photo)

Q&A: Akeo talks tournament, travel from Hawaii

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer August 21, 2017

When junior setter Kamalani Akeo arrived at Pitt in the fall of 2015, she didn’t quite know what to expect — either on or off the court. After all, she was traveling over 4,500 miles from her hometown...

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