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Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

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

Penn State topples Pitt in second round of NCAA Tournament

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

December 2, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

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-...

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...

Women’s volleyball goes 1-1 at Dayton Invitational

Women’s volleyball goes 1-1 at Dayton Invitational

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Volleyball drops two of three to open season

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

August 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Fall sports preview: Women’s volleyball

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

July 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

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

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...

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 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 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...

Stephanie Williams: Coming back for the kill

Stephanie Williams: Coming back for the kill

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

Stephanie Williams had been here before, almost one year to the day.   It was the Michigan game. The Pitt volleyball team faced a 12-9 deficit in the fifth and final set. Last year, the Panthers lost, and Williams left the court with a broken foot. She would have to sit out a majority of her fi...

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 focusing internally in advance of Panther Invitational

Pitt volleyball focusing internally in advance of Panther Invitational

By David Leftwich / For The Pitt News

September 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt volleyball will face three Division I opponents this weekend in the Panther Invitational — but the Panthers are their own biggest adversaries during the upcoming slate of games. After a successful 2-1 performance last weekend in which the Panthers’ only loss was a closely contested battle ...

Women’s volleyball prepares for test of Michigan Challenge

Women’s volleyball prepares for test of Michigan Challenge

By David Leftwich / For The Pitt News

September 9, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After two mostly successful tournament runs this season, the Pitt women’s volleyball team will move onto the boss level during an invitational this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Williams is not underestimating the challenge. “I think this is the toughest tour...

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