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Panther Spotlight: Softball, wrestling attract kindred spirits

Redshirt sophomore Micky Phillippi recorded his fifth major decision of the year during Sunday’s 51-1 victory over Davidson.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

Phillippi has more to prove as he gears up for the postseason, while Sanchez has everything yet to prove. Wrestling is looking to push forward, while softball waits to break through. The two teams are on opposite ends of the success spectrum, but that gap is bridged by star athletes with eyes toward more.

Panther Spotlight: Murphy, Vera, Matthews headline winter sports

Junior guard Ryan Murphy shone with a performance last week against Nicholls State with a 28-point performance on 10-17 FG shooting.

By John Riskis, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

To quote HBO blockbuster “Game of Thrones”’ most famous father, Ned Stark, “Winter is coming.” The snow has already arrived and with it some seasonal Pitt athletics action. As the new season begins, these Panther athletes have already proven their value.

Panther Spotlight: Twyman, West, Akeo lead group of autumn overachievers

Jaylen Twyman rushes to tackle. Twyman contributed seven sacks to Pitt’s total of 36, which is the highest in the nation this season.

By Elliott Borawski, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

With the fall sports season approaching its final stretch, these three Pitt athletes have been crucial in helping their teams outperform expectations.

Panther Spotlight: Kizza, Lund will build on stunning seasons

Redshirt sophomore Deslin Alexandre (5) will play as a defensive lineman this season after junior Rashad Weaver went down with a season-ending knee injury during training camp.

By Kyle Saxon, for The Pitt News

September 3, 2019

Edward Kizza and Kayla Lund wasted no time dazzling in respective season openers and will look to one-up All-ACC performances in 2018, while Deslin Alexandre tries to replace an All-conference performer on his own squad.

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.

Panther Spotlight: Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena, Kayla Lund

Sophomore forward Edward Kizza is responsible for 11 out of the Panthers’ 19 goals this season. (Photo by Bader Abdulmajeed | Staff Photographer)

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018

Panther athletes Edward Kizza, Amaia Pena and Kayla Lund are all having standout seasons on the field and on the court, leading their respective teams.

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