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Nika Markovic: Slovenian student serves success

Junior Nika Markovic started playing volleyball at the age of 7 and was named to the All-ACC First Team, AVCA All-East Coast Region First Team and was given an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2017.

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018

When Nika Markovic decommitted from the University of San Francisco, she had no idea she would end up at Pitt. Born in Braslovce, Slovenia, Markovic began playing volleyball at the age of 7. No-one - not even her - thought volleyball would be her sport.

Panthers set for NCAA tournament

Sophomore Nika Markovic cheers after scoring against Duke in November. The Pitt women’s volleyball team finished the regular season tied as ACC champions with Louisville. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017

After the Pitt women’s volleyball team finished its season tied as ACC champions for the first time in program history, the Panthers (25-6 overall, 18-2 ACC) earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament for the second straight year. The team will travel to the neutral site of Penn Sta...

Pitt volleyball serves weekend of success

Redshirt sophomore Stephanie Williams had 14 kills in the Panther’s victory over Florida State Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2017

The Pitt volleyball team used not one, but two weekend wins to demonstrate why they belong at the top of ACC volleyball standings. The Panther volleyball team defeated Miami (15-5 overall, 9-5 ACC) and Florida State (12-10 overall, 6-8 ACC) at the Fitzgerald Field House to pull to 19-6 overall and 12-...

Volleyball analysis: Error-prone Panthers struggle against top teams

Redshirt sophomore Stephanie Williams still leads the Panthers in kills this season despite inconsistent performance. (TPN file photo)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2017

After fighting their way back from a two-set deficit against No. 25 Iowa State, the Panthers held serve with a chance to win the volleyball match in the fifth set. In losing that point and eventually the match on Sept. 2., the team squandered a big win and fell to 1-3 on the season. Despite now holding...

Women’s volleyball goes 1-1 at Dayton Invitational

The Pitt women's volleyball team moved to 2-3 this weekend and look to get above .500 next week at the Western Kentucky invitational. (TPN file photo)

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017

Facing some of the nation’s best teams at the start of the season, the Pitt women’s volleyball team got off to a disappointing 1-2 start last week, and after their first match this past weekend in Dayton, Ohio, it looked like the massive amounts of errors were becoming a trend. “I'm really disap...

Volleyball drops two of three to open season

Redshirt junior Stephanie Williams delivered the Panthers their only win of the weekend with a service ace on match point Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 27, 2017

After making it to their first NCAA Tournament since 2004 last fall, the Pitt women’s volleyball team began its 2017 season by traveling to Seattle to take part in the Husky Invitational. In their three games over the weekend, the Panthers (1-2) struggled to play error-free volleyball and squande...

Q&A: Akeo talks tournament, travel from Hawaii

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

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 of Kapolei, Hawaii, where she played on one of the best high school teams in the state. In her j...

Fall sports preview: Women’s volleyball

The Pitt women's volleyball team is looking to return to the NCAA Tournament after qualifying for the first time since 2004 last season. (TPN File Photo)

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

July 11, 2017

Last season, the slow rebuild of Pitt women’s volleyball program came to a head when the team made its first NCAA Tournament since 2004. With many key players returning, it’s now time for this year’s team to step up and solidify their place among the ACC’s best. Heading into last season, a you...

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher given extension

Pitt volleyball coach Dan Fisher has had great success on both the collegiate and international stages. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2017

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher has restored the Panthers’ program to national prominence, and he’s being rewarded for his efforts. Interim Athletic Director Randy Juhl announced Monday afternoon Pitt has extended Fisher’s contract for another two years. He is now signed on to stay with the...

Pitt volleyball team finalizes 2017 recruiting class

Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher unveiled the Panthers' 2017 recruiting class Thursday. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016

Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher has had plenty of reasons to smile this year. On Thursday, he had a new one — and the Panthers don’t play again until Friday. Already on a roll from five straight wins, the squad received a boost for the future early Thursday afternoon when Fisher revealed t...

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