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New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

New Coaches allow Pitt fans to dream big

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

During her first year as athletic director, Heather Lyke hired seven coaches. Because of these additions, Pitt fans can optimistically look forward to the next season.

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA championship tournament for second year in a row

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA championship tournament for second year in a row

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

November 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After claiming the ACC Conference title this past weekend on a nine-game winning streak, the Pitt women’s volleyball team has secured a slot in the NCAA championship tournament. This is the second year in a row they have qualified for the NCAA tournament, the last time before that being 2004. The Panthers look to extend their season as the NCAA tournament begins Friday. Pitt wi...

Chinaza Ndee earns second ACC Freshman of the Week honor

Chinaza Ndee earns second ACC Freshman of the Week honor

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

November 6, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

First-year volleyball player Chinaza Ndee earned her second ACC Freshman of the Week honor after her standout performance during the Panthers’ weekend domination of the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles. Ndee recorded five kills in Friday’s match against Miami and nine in Sunday’s match ag...

Pitt volleyball serves weekend of success

Pitt volleyball serves weekend of success

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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-...

Pitt volleyball splits two-game home stand

Pitt volleyball splits two-game home stand

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers volleyball team’s 13-game winning streak came to an end this weekend — but they still sit at the top of the ACC. In a weekend homestand at the Fitzgerald Field House, Pitt volleyball (16-5, 9-1 ACC) easily defeated North Carolina (10-8, 7-3 ACC) Friday, but lost to NC State (14-7, 9-1...

Weekend sports: Panthers’ performances vary from court to field

Weekend sports: Panthers’ performances vary from court to field

By Trent Leonard | For The Pitt News

October 9, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While the Pitt women’s cross country and volleyball teams excelled this weekend, other Panther performances were less than ideal. Both men’s and women’s swim teams opened their seasons with unsatisfactory performances, and the women’s soccer team extended its losing streak. Women’s Vo...

Volleyball analysis: Error-prone Panthers struggle against top teams

Volleyball analysis: Error-prone Panthers struggle against top teams

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

After fighting their way back from a two-set deficit against No. 25 Iowa State, the Panthers held serve with a chance to win the volleyball match in the fifth set. In losing that point and eventually the match on Sept. 2., the team squandered a big win and fell to 1-3 on the season. Despite now holding...

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher given extension

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher given extension

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher has restored the Panthers’ program to national prominence, and he’s being rewarded for his efforts. Interim Athletic Director Randy Juhl announced Monday afternoon Pitt has extended Fisher’s contract for another two years. He is now signed on to stay with the...

Four Panthers make All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team

Four Panthers make All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 9, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After capping a record-breaking career on the court, senior middle blocker Jenna Potts wrapped up her undergraduate career with a 4.00 GPA and a consistent place on the Dean’s List. Potts highlighted the Pitt volleyball team’s four selections to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team Thursday. Joining he...

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

Editor’s Picks: Greatest Games of 2016

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 on the rise after another successful season

Pitt volleyball on the rise after another successful season

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After losing two of the most decorated athletes in program history to graduation, 2016 could have easily been a down year for the Pitt volleyball team. But thanks to an influx of first-year talent, it instead turned into a season to remember. The Panthers finished 25-9 overall, making it back to ...

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

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

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

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

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

December 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Pitt volleyball team elated to make NCAA tournament, ready for Dayton

Pitt volleyball team elated to make NCAA tournament, ready for Dayton

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Members of the Pitt volleyball team sat anxiously in front of a TV screen inside their locker room Sunday night, eyes fixated on the 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Selection Special. Some held hands, others crossed their legs and fidgeted in their Pitt-embroidered cushioned seats. The regular season...

Pitt volleyball places six on All-ACC teams

Pitt volleyball places six on All-ACC teams

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After discovering they were heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 on Sunday night, Pitt’s volleyball players had a new reason to celebrate Monday. The Panthers placed six players on the various All-ACC teams, second-most in the conference behind North Carolina with seven....

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA Tournament after pair of weekend wins

Pitt volleyball makes NCAA Tournament after pair of weekend wins

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

November 27, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team finished its regular season with a flourish, recording two big wins in its final two games and claiming a spot in the NCAA Tournament. With most of Pitt’s students home for Thanksgiving break, the Panthers (24-8 overall, 14-5 ACC) first swept the Virginia Tech Hokies (13-18 o...

Volleyball captures weekend wins against Syracuse and Boston College on the road

Volleyball captures weekend wins against Syracuse and Boston College on the road

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

November 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With only four games remaining in the season, the Pitt volleyball team picked up two more wins on the road, bringing them one step closer to solidifying a spot in the NCAA Tournament. On Friday, in the first match of the weekend, the Panthers (21-8 overall, ACC 12-5) squared off against the Syracuse Or...

Pitt volleyball team finalizes 2017 recruiting class

Pitt volleyball team finalizes 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher has had plenty of reasons to smile this year. On Thursday, he had a new one — and the Panthers don’t play again until Friday. Already on a roll from five straight wins, the squad received a boost for the future early Thursday afternoon when Fisher revealed t...

Pitt volleyball splits straight sets during weekend play

Pitt volleyball splits straight sets during weekend play

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

October 23, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Continuing a tough stretch of ACC matches, the Pitt volleyball team came home to the Fitzgerald Field House to split conference matches against Notre Dame and Louisville over the weekend. The Panthers (15-7 overall, 6-4 ACC) started play Friday night against Notre Dame, losing 3-0 in straight s...

Pitt volleyball splits pair of conference matches over weekend

Pitt volleyball splits pair of conference matches over weekend

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

October 17, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team picked up a big conference win on the road Friday but narrowly missed adding an even bigger one to its resumé on Sunday. The Panthers (14-6 overall, 5-3 ACC) continued their road trip this weekend with a 1-1 performance against conference opponents in Florida. The Panthers defeated the ...

Volleyball loses first conference games in North Carolina

Volleyball loses first conference games in North Carolina

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

October 9, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt volleyball team left for North Carolina with a flawless ACC record, but returned with a pair of losses against the Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest Demon Deacons over the weekend. The Panthers (13-5-0 overall, 4-2 ACC) first took on Duke (10-5-0 overall, 4-1-0 ACC) Friday in Durham, North...

Layne Van Buskirk earns second ACC Freshman of the Week award

Layne Van Buskirk earns second ACC Freshman of the Week award

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 3, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Middle blocker Layne Van Buskirk keeps making an impact in her first year with the Pitt volleyball team, earning her second ACC Volleyball Freshman of the Week award on Monday. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Van Buskirk racked up 23 kills on 35 attempts for a .571 hitting percentage in Pitt’s wins...

Volleyball sweeps 3-0 win against Virginia

Volleyball sweeps 3-0 win against Virginia

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After conquering Virginia Tech for its third-straight ACC win of the season, the Pitt women’s volleyball team was looking for a victory against the University of Virginia Cavaliers. Sunday afternoon was the first time the teams faced off since Pitt swept the university 3-0 last year. “I was c...

Pitt volleyball stays hot with 3-1 win at Virginia Tech

Pitt volleyball stays hot with 3-1 win at Virginia Tech

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Whether it’s the unfamiliar arena or the heckling fans, playing on the road in any sport can be difficult. But the Pitt volleyball team settled right in Wednesday night with a victory in Blacksburg, Virginia. Pitt (12-3 overall, 3-0 ACC) began its second week of conference play by cruising to a 3-1...

Volleyball starts ACC play with two weekend wins

Volleyball starts ACC play with two weekend wins

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 25, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Just like last year, the Pitt volleyball team opened conference play with back-to-back wins at the Fitzgerald Field House this past weekend. Now the question remains if the Panthers can avoid the same losing streak they ran into on the road in Virginia in 2015. Pitt (11-3, 2-0 ACC) began conference play F...

Pitt volleyball dominates in Panther Challenge

Pitt volleyball dominates in Panther Challenge

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 18, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Following a discouraging loss Friday night, the Pitt volleyball team rebounded to secure a pair of wins Saturday in the Panther Challenge tournament at the Fitzgerald Field House. The Panthers (9-3) hosted Western Kentucky, Lehigh and Robert Morris over the weekend after going 2-1 in the Panther Invi...

Volleyball concludes Panther Invitational, 2-1

Volleyball concludes Panther Invitational, 2-1

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 11, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming off an undefeated weekend at the UCSB Thunderdome Classic in Santa Barbara, California, the Pitt volleyball team made its regular season home debut at the Fitzgerald Field House over the weekend. The Panthers welcomed Coastal Carolina, American University and No. 22 University of Michigan for th...

Pitt volleyball goes undefeated at UCSB Thunderdome Classic

Pitt volleyball goes undefeated at UCSB Thunderdome Classic

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

September 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

It was home sweet home for Pitt volleyball head coach Dan Fisher last weekend at the UCSB Thunderdome Classic in Santa Barbara, California. Playing in Fisher’s hometown, the Panthers (5-1) proved they can not only finish matches but come from behind to win. Pitt went undefeated in three matches ov...

Pitt volleyball goes 2-1 to begin season at Kennesaw Invitational

Pitt volleyball goes 2-1 to begin season at Kennesaw Invitational

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After narrowly missing the postseason last fall, Pitt volleyball started its new year with one goal in mind: securing that elusive NCAA Tournament spot. The Panthers’ regular season started this weekend in Georgia, where they took part in the Kennesaw Invitational — their first tune-up tournam...

Steely Dan: Fisher’s winning ways lead him to Pitt

Steely Dan: Fisher’s winning ways lead him to Pitt

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 22, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features, Welcome Back 2016

In his office, Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher proudly displays his bronze medal from the 2016 Pan American Cup for anyone who wishes to see it. The really special hardware, though, is tucked away inside a case right beside it: his gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Ear...

Pitt’s Jenna Potts named to 2016 Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team

Pitt’s Jenna Potts named to 2016 Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt senior Jenna Potts was selected Friday to the 2016 Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team, the Panthers’ lone representative on the squad. Also Friday, Pitt was picked by the ACC head coaches to finish fifth out of 15 teams in the 2016 ACC preseason poll. A middle blocker from Bernville, Pennsylvani...

Fisher, Team USA secure bronze medals at 2016 Pan Am Cup

Fisher, Team USA secure bronze medals at 2016 Pan Am Cup

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

July 10, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With his second major tournament as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team behind him, Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher now has two medals to his credit: a gold and a bronze. After a semifinal loss to Puerto Rico Saturday night, Team USA came up short in its quest for a second consecutive Pa...

Feature: Senior volleyball player reps Pitt on national level

Feature: Senior volleyball player reps Pitt on national level

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

July 8, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In some ways, Delaney Clesen is like other typical college students who are entering their final undergraduate year. This summer, she is working toward her dream job and getting the chance to travel.But Clesen is not a typical college senior — her dream job is to be a professional volleyball player.For the last two...

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