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Amid uncertainties, Pitt volleyball aims to build off historic season in 2020

Pitt volleyball's seniors missed their last opportunity to make it to the NCAA volleyball championship last season with the team’s loss to Cincinnati.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

July 7, 2020

The gut-wrenching image of Pitt volleyball’s seniors in tears after last season came to a shocking end still rings through to Pitt fans many months later. The team with an unblemished resumé that set new program highs the entire season had once again found itself eliminated in the NCAA Tournament’s first weekend of matches.

Additional athletes to return to campus on June 29

Pitt Athletics announced Tuesday that five other Panther teams will return on June 29.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

June 23, 2020

Two weeks after Pitt welcomed football players back to campus for a phased return to voluntary offseason activity, Pitt Athletics announced Tuesday that five other Panther teams will return on June 29 for a similar process.

Lacrosse lands second transfer in program history

Emily Boissonneault will coach Pitt's varsity women's lacrosse team when the program opens in 2021-22.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

June 10, 2020

Pitt women’s lacrosse inches closer to filling out a complete roster with the addition of former Jacksonville University defender Brittney Villhauer.

Pitt football announces plan for student-athletes return beginning June 8

Kenny Pickett threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns in Pitt's bowl victory over Eastern Michigan.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Friday that Pitt football student-athletes will begin to return to campus on June 8 for voluntary offseason workouts. The players’ return to campus will mark the start of the first phase of reopening for Pitt athletics in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

White beginning to lay the base for women’s basketball revival

Lance White, Pitt women’s basketball head coach, is rebuilding his young basketball team as he recruits players from across the globe.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

May 27, 2020

With first-years making up four of the five starting spots by the end of the year, head coach Lance White maintained confidence that his young squad could build a strong program. A highly touted 2020 recruiting class, along with two pivotal transfers, could see the Panthers climb the ACC ranks fast.

High expectations run rampant among today’s Pitt fans

The Oakland Zoo celebrates the first basket of the Pitt men’s basketball game versus West Virginia in November with the traditional tossing of newspaper shreds.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

The Pitt News put out a Pitt athletics fan survey to our readers for the past few weeks. Questioned on topics new and old, readers proved to be a dedicated fanbase with high expectations for the present day’s teams, but also nostalgic for the glory days of Pitt athletics. Here are the full details.

Katie Rerko: Get your head in the game

Katie Rerko: Get your head in the game

By Alex Lehmbeck | Carolyn Pallof

April 17, 2020

When she isn’t protecting the net from blistering slapshots, Katie Rerko protects her peers by educating them on an injury that has damaged careers and lives outside of the rink.

Cast and crew of “Warrior” remember filming at Pitt

The Petersen Events Center was once a major filming location of “Warrior,” a film that features some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Pitt students probably know the Petersen Events Center as the home to their Panther men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as an adequate concert venue. They might not realize that the venue once was a major filming location of a film that featured some of today’s biggest stars in Hollywood.

Pitt athletes ad-lib training at home

Many athletes don’t have access to much of the equipment they normally would to train and have had to adapt to at-home workouts.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

Organized sports in the United States are now paused due to coronavirus concerns, and the athletic world has come to a grinding halt. But players still need to stay ready for next season.

Lacrosse recruits remain active despite quarantine

Pitt’s inaugural lacrosse team has nine players lined up for the 2020 season.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Although in-person schooling, practices and competitions have been placed on hold, Pitt's lacrosse recruits have continued to improve their games.

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