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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.
The Pitt Athletics primary Twitter account had 17 tweets in February surrounding Black History Month, with a greater volume of content coming toward the end of the month.

Pitt Athletics alums share concerns over Black History Month efforts

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 7, 2021
Pitt Athletics alumni said they saw the athletic department bring attention to Black History Month this year for the first time in a significant way, but shared many concerns they hope the department will address in the future.
Pitt star forward Justin Champagnie announced on Tuesday that he will test the NBA Draft process.

Champagnie will “test the NBA Draft process;” final decision awaits

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 23, 2021
The Pitt star announced that he will “test the NBA Draft process” this offseason.
Defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman reacts after his bench press performance, pumping out 40 reps of 225 pounds on Wednesday.

Twyman, former Panthers showcase athleticism at 2021 Pitt Football Pro Day

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 19, 2021
Pitt hosted 16 football players for its pro day on Wednesday, with Jaylen Twyman’s ridiculous performance on the bench press stealing the show.
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 shut down Yellow Jacket firepower in statement sweep, improve to 7-4

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 10, 2021
Pitt (7-4) extended its win streak against Georgia Tech (8-2) to 10 with a 3-0 sweep on Monday, thanks to one of the team’s most impressive defensive performances of the season.
The East Atlantic Gymnastics League announced Thursday that Pitt will host the 2021 EAGL Championship, taking place at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, March 20.

Petersen Events Center to host 2021 EAGL Championship

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 5, 2021
It will be the first time Pitt’s hosted the event since 2016, and the first time at the Pete since 2004.
Au’Diese Toney pictured against Virginia Tech on Feb. 4.

Pitt announces Toney to transfer, second key departure in two days

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor February 25, 2021
Junior Pitt forward Au’Diese Toney has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal and will not finish the 2020-21 season, the program announced Thursday.
Pitt men’s basketball fell short in a 74-73 loss to NC State on Wednesday, its sixth loss in seven games.

Pitt’s defensive deficiencies exposed in 74-73 loss to NC State

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor February 19, 2021
A lackadaisical defensive performance made Pitt fall short in a 74-73 loss to NC State on Wednesday, its sixth loss in seven games.
Left: Derek West in 2019. Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer. Center: Connor Perry in 2018. Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer. Right: RJ Freure in 2018. TPN file photo.

Pitt minor leaguers traverse obstacles on and off the field in pursuit of MLB dreams

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor February 17, 2021
Major League Baseball’s farm system isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Long hours, minimal compensation — instability only amplified further during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for many former Panthers, it’s all worth it for that shot at the big leagues.
Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi.

Satire: The love-hate relationship between Pitt fans and Pat Narduzzi

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor February 10, 2021
Relationships go through their fair share of ups and downs, and nothing exemplifies that love-hate connection more than Panther Nation and Pat Narduzzi.
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