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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Senior libero Ashley Browske (4) cheers during Pitt volleyball’s game against Louisville on Oct. 23, 2022.

Column | Pitt volleyball lands No. 8 in 2023 recruiting class, must revamp at middle blocker

By Richie Smiechowski, Sports Editor January 24, 2023
Pitt volleyball head coach Dan Fisher is gearing up for the future, boasting the country’s No. 8 ranked 2023 recruiting class. Sports Editor Richie Smiechowski takes a deep dive into next year's roster, highlighting the team’s remaining gaps.
Clemson forward RJ Godfrey, center, cant get a shot off as Pittsburgh guard Nike Sibande (22) and Guillermo Diaz Graham (25) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. Clemson won 75-74.

Winter sports recap: Men’s basketball, wrestling off to strong starts

By Richie Smiechowski, Sports Editor January 8, 2023
While most Pitt students spent the winter break enjoying the holiday season, the Panthers continued their respective seasons. With plenty of time left for the winter sports calendar, here’s how the athletic department fared over the last few weeks.
Graduate student guard Jamarius Burton (11) dribbles the ball down the court during the Pitt mens basketball game against West Virginia on Nov. 11.

Men’s basketball takeaways: There’s reason for optimism in Oakland

By Richie Smiechowski, Sports Editor January 8, 2023
For the first time since 2016, there is genuine optimism surrounding the Pitt men’s basketball team. Sports editor Richie Smiechowski gives takeaways from the first leg of their season and how they’ve gotten to this point.
Pittsburgh placekicker Ben Sauls (90) boots the winning field goal during the second half of the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game against UCLA, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022 in El Paso, Texas.

Patti, special teams lead Pitt to 37-35 Sun Bowl victory against No. 18 UCLA

By Richie Smiechowski, Sports Editor December 30, 2022
Quarterback Nick Patti defended his status as a bowl game specialist, leading Pitt to a 37-35 victory against No. 18 UCLA in the Sun Bowl. Kicker Ben Sauls went 5-5 in the game and made the game winning field goal late.
Pittsburghs Rachel Fairbanks (10) spikes the ball against Louisvilles Claire Chaussee (9) and Amaya Tillman (25) during the semifinals of the NCAA volleyball tournament, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 in Omaha, Neb.

Slow starts doom No. 2 Pitt in Final Four, drop to No. 1 Louisville in five sets

By Richie Smiechowski, Sports Editor December 16, 2022
No. 2 Pitt volleyball couldn’t escape slow starts against No. 1 Louisville in the Final Four, as they fell in five sets to their conference foe. Louisville is the first ACC volleyball team to ever reach the National Championship.
Redshirt junior outside hitter Valeria Vazquez Gomez (2) celebrates after Pitts win against BYU in the second round of the NCAA womens volleyball tournament in the Petersen Events Center Saturday night.

No. 2 Pitt sweeps No. 7 BYU in record-breaking fashion, advances to third consecutive Sweet 16

By Richie Smiechowski, Assistant Sports Editor December 3, 2022
No. 2 Pitt volleyball looked dominant Saturday night in their second round NCAA tournament matchup against No. 7 BYU. The Panthers swept the Cougars behind record-setting performances from Courtney Buzzerio and Rachel Fairbanks.
Pitt volleyball players celebrate during their game against American University at the Fitzgerald Field House on Sept. 9.

Column | Outlining the chaotic home stretch of the 2022 NCAA volleyball regular season

By Richie Smiechowski, Assistant Sports Editor November 9, 2022
With just a handful of games remaining for the top eight teams in NCAA volleyball, the season is still far from over. Assistant sports editor Richie Smiechowski outlines the most chaotic possibilities for the country's top teams, encouraging fans to enjoy the ride.
Junior defensive lineman Dayon Hayes (50) before the ACC football championship game against Wake Forest in Charlotte on Dec. 4, 2021.

Pitt junior defensive end Dayon Hayes arrested, charged with simple assault

By Richie Smiechowski, Assistant Sports Editor November 7, 2022
Pitt junior defensive end Dayon Hayes has been charged with one count of simple assault following a violent dispute with his girlfriend. Head coach Pat Narduzzi said that any disciplinary action from the team “will remain a private matter.”
Pitt sophomore setter Rachel Fairbanks (10) sets the ball at a game against Bowling Green State University at the Fitzgerald Field House in September.

No. 7 Pitt volleyball sweeps weekend, extends winning streak to 17

By Richie Smiechowski, Assistant Sports Editor November 6, 2022
No. 7 Pitt volleyball dominated on the road this weekend, comfortably beating Syracuse and Boston College. These wins extended the Panthers’ winning streak to 17 games, and head coach Dan Fisher recorded career win no. 250 in the process.
Pitt volleyball players celebrate after their win against Louisville on Sunday.

Pitt volleyball moves up one spot to No. 7 in AVCA coaches ranking

By Richie Smiechowski, Assistant Sports Editor October 25, 2022
No. 7 Pitt volleyball moved up one spot in this week's AVCA coaches ranking following their victory over then No. 2 Louisville on Sunday. The Panthers also hold the No. 4 spot in the volleyball RPI rankings
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