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Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

First-year guard Xavier Johnson, pictured here against VMI, extended his double-digit scoring streak to eight games in a 74-53 victory over Duquesne.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018

Xavier Johnson and Danielle Garven have helped out Pitt’s basketball teams in the early going, while Nika Markovic led the volleyball team to a strong regular-season finish.

Penn State topples Pitt in second round of NCAA Tournament

Pitt volleyball lost to No. 1 Penn State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. (Photo by Thomas Yang / Senior Staff Photographer)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

December 2, 2017

Despite winning the ACC championship for the first time in program history, Pitt volleyball’s year ended the same way as last year — in a loss to No. 1 Penn State. The Panthers (26-7 overall, 18-2 ACC) breezed by Virginia Commonwealth University (30-3 overall, 14-0 A-10) Friday in the first round of the ...

TPN Panther spotlight: Yacine Diop, Marcus Carr, Nika Markovic

Returning from a season-long injury, redshirt junior forward Yacine Diop came back and dominated Pitt women’s basketball team’s two holiday break games. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017

While the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams rounded into form over the holiday break, the women’s volleyball team punched its ticket to the 2017 NCAA tournament. Whether the team wins or loses, some players are bound to stand out. Here are a few exceptional Panthers who have stepped up ...

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-...

TPN Panther spotlight: Nika Markovic, Qadree Ollison, Javi Perez

Sophomore Nika Markovic has proven herself to be a key player for Panther Volleyball this season (Anna Bongardino / Assistant Visual Editor)

By Jordan Mondell and David Leftwich | TPN Staff

September 12, 2017

Fall sports are just starting to get exciting, and there has already been a fair share of pitfalls and triumphs across the board. But regardless of the games outcomes, here are some Panthers who have stepped into their roles and proven their worth on the court, field and pitch. Nika Markovic Mar...

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...

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...

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

Pitt running back James Conner rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 42-39 victory over Penn State. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 20, 2017

No. 3. — Sept. 10 - Pitt 42, Penn State 39 With 69,983 people in attendance — a record for a Pittsburgh sporting event — this game’s fame was set to reach epic proportions before the players even stepped on the field. The pregame atmosphere at Heinz Field on Sept. 10 was teeming with ener...

Pitt volleyball falls to Penn State, 3-1, in second round of NCAA Tournament

Stephanie Williams (13) accumulated 14 kills for the Pitt volleyball team in a season-ending 3-1 loss to Penn State. Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 4, 2016

History repeated itself on Saturday, as the Pitt volleyball team’s season came to a close with a 3-1 loss against the No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Pitt won the first set on Penn State’s home court in University Park, Pennsylvania, before the Nitt...

Pitt volleyball knocks off Dayton, 3-1, to advance in NCAA Tournament

Mariah Bell (10) and the Pitt volleyball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 win over Dayton on Friday. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

December 3, 2016

Pitt’s first appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament since 2004 was a successful one, as the Panthers kept their season alive with a stirring comeback against the Dayton Flyers. Playing in a first-round matchup Friday night in State College, Pennsylvania, Pitt (25-8 overall) squared off agains...

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