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Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

Redshirt senior running back Qadree Ollison (30) celebrates after running for Pitt's first touchdown against Georgia Tech Sept. 15.

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 25, 2018

Though it was a tough weekend for Pitt athletics, there were still a few athletes that played at a high-level and stood out. Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams and Johan Penaranda all made notable plays in their notable sports this past weekend -- showcasing their athletic ability.

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 ...

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-...

Volleyball analysis: Error-prone Panthers struggle against top teams

Redshirt sophomore Stephanie Williams still leads the Panthers in kills this season despite inconsistent performance. (TPN file photo)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2017

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...

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...

Volleyball drops two of three to open season

Redshirt junior Stephanie Williams delivered the Panthers their only win of the weekend with a service ace on match point Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 27, 2017

After making it to their first NCAA Tournament since 2004 last fall, the Pitt women’s volleyball team began its 2017 season by traveling to Seattle to take part in the Husky Invitational. In their three games over the weekend, the Panthers (1-2) struggled to play error-free volleyball and squande...

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...

Four Panthers make All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team

Pitt's Jenna Potts (14) and Kamalani Akeo (3) both received All-ACC Academic honors Thursday. Meghan Sunners | Assistant Visual Editor

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 10, 2017

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...

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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