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Pitt volleyball fails to secure NCAA Tournament bid

Mariah Bell recovers from a dive.  Dagmar Seppala | Staff Photographer

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015

Closing out its season with two home wins may not have guaranteed a berth to the NCAA Tournament, but after splitting two matches last week, Pitt’s volleyball team will never know whether it would have made the difference. The Panthers (23-9, 13-7 ACC) failed to make the NCAA Tournament in Sunday n...

Volleyball splits weekend, drops first home match of season

Mariah Bell serves the ball against Syracuse Sunday afternoon.  Dagmar Seppala | Staff Photographer

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015

With only four more conference games left when it entered the weekend, Pitt volleyball’s most impressive resumé chip for the NCAA Tournament was its undefeated home record — but now, that mark has one Orange blemish. The Panthers faced Boston College (11-17) Friday and Syracuse (20-7) Sunday in two ma...

Volleyball splits final two road matches of the season

Amanda Orchard prepares to spike the ball.  Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 15, 2015

Pitt volleyball experienced the power of time firsthand when two foes the team dominated in September now plagued it over the weekend. The Panthers (21-7, 11-5 ACC) lost 3-0 to North Carolina on Friday and edged North Carolina State 3-2 Saturday in two matches starkly different than their meetings i...

Pitt volleyball splits a pair of weekend road matches

Middle Blocker Jenna Potts preps for a return hit.  Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 8, 2015

Dan Fisher knew a win over No. 22 Louisville this weekend would sharpen Pitt volleyball’s NCAA Tournament chances, especially given his team’s season-long road struggles. That upset win never came, as Pitt (20-6, 10-4 ACC) lost a five-set heartbreaker on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. A road w...

Pitt volleyball continues strong home play with weekend wins

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015

There’s just something about the Fitz. No matter who has come to play the Pitt volleyball team at the Fitzgerald Field House, the Panthers have come out victorious this season. The Panthers kept that winning streak alive with two quality wins this weekend against ACC opponents Florida State and...

For the kill: Kullerkann ends journey from native Estonia with Pitt volleyball

Kadi Kullerkann celebrates a point for Pitt volleyball.  Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

October 15, 2015

Kadi Kullerkann did not think a recruiting trip to the United States five years ago would involve babysitting a Marquette volleyball coach’s child. She also didn’t think the trip from her native Estonia was the first step on her path to playing at Pitt, a path marked with four seasons playing volle...

Pitt volleyball wins two road ACC matches

Kadi Kullerkann winds up for a spike.  Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

October 11, 2015

Losing can either send a team into a spiral or provide motivation to improve — this weekend, Pitt volleyball coach Dan Fisher made sure it was the latter. After dropping two tough matches in Virginia last weekend, Fisher’s team bounced back with two road wins at Syracuse and Boston College. Pitt’s f...

Road woes continue for Pitt volleyball in weekend losses

Amanda Orchard prepares for a spike.  Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

October 4, 2015

Pitt’s volleyball team can’t handle its homesickness this season. After dropping two matches over the weekend at Virginia Tech and Virginia, the Panthers have sunk to 1-4 in road matches this season despite an otherwise solid 12-4 record. The Panthers (12-4, 2-2 ACC) traveled to Virginia this wee...

Pitt volleyball sweeps ACC opening weekend against North Carolina State, North Carolina

Kadi Kullerkann expertly returns a volley from NC State. Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 27, 2015

A raucous house full of dancing, cheering fans watched Pitt open its ACC schedule with two impressive wins this weekend at the Fitzgerald Field House. The Panthers (12-2, 2-0 ACC) faced off against the NC State Wolfpack (11-3, 0-2 ACC) Friday, winning 3-1. Pitt finished up the weekend against the U...

Pitt volleyball starts ACC slate against red hot North Carolina State, North Carolina

Kadi Kullerkann goes up to spike a ball.  Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 25, 2015

Good times never felt so good as the Panthers kick off their ACC schedule with two visits from North Carolina teams. Pitt volleyball, winner of three straight games, hopes to keep its momentum going as it faces a hot North Carolina State University Wolfpack team, winners of nine in a row. The Panthers...

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