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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Pitt’s Ashley Browske (4) hits a pass during a semifinal of the NCAA womens college volleyball tournament against Nebraska in December.

Fisher, Fairbanks lead USA Women’s U21 Volleyball to gold at Pan American Cup

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer June 14, 2022
The U.S. Women’s U21 National Volleyball team captured its second Pan American Cup on Sunday, knocking off Argentina 3-1 at La Paz Arena in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The team dropped just two sets on their way to a 5-0 tournament sweep. The last time the U.S. claimed the Pan American Cup was in 2017. Pitt volleyball head coach Dan Fisher led the U.S. squad after being announced as head coach of the team on May 2.
Leketor Member-Meneh (13) jumps to spike the ball during the Pitt vs. Purdue matchup in the NCAA womens volleyball tournament in Dec.

Column | Volleyball deserves a national spotlight

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer June 1, 2022
There may not be a sport on earth that is as exciting on a point-to-point basis as volleyball is, and it’s time for mainstream sports media and investors to realize that.
Pitt softball player Dani Drogemuller (16) pitches at the softball game vs. Clemson last Saturday.

Weekend Sports Recap | Baseball upsets No. 6 Virginia

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer April 17, 2022
As the semester winds down, Pitt baseball is heating up. The team continued a hot run through conference play with a 2-1 series win over No. 6 Virginia, headlining the weekend in Pitt athletics.
Julianna Dalton is a Pitt volleyball transfer from Washington State, and the Panthers’ first acquisition of the 2022 offseason.

‘Excited to compete’: Transfer Julianna Dalton looks to help Pitt volleyball sustain success

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer January 25, 2022
The team announced Jan. 6 that sophomore outside hitter Julianna Dalton officially completed her transfer to Pitt from Washington State, marking the first acquisition of the 2022 offseason.
Pitt’s Leketor Member-Meneh, left, and teammate Serena Gray react following a semifinal loss to Nebraska in the NCAA womens college volleyball tournament Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

Pitt’s National Championship bid ends with loss to Nebraska in Final Four

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer December 17, 2021
Pitt volleyball’s longest NCAA Tournament run in program history ended with a 3-1 loss in the National Semifinal to Nebraska early Friday morning at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
Pitt volleyball players celebrate after defeating Purdue and earning a spot in the Final Four of the NCAA womens volleyball championships.

Pitt defeats No. 6 Purdue, advances to first Final Four in program history

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer December 11, 2021
Pitt volleyball has now gone further in the NCAA Tournament than any past Panther team, after a four-set victory vs. Purdue at the Fitzgerald Field House on Saturday. The Panthers have now earned their first trip to the Final Four in program history.
Pitt sophomore outside hitter Valeria Vazquez Gomez (2), graduate student outside hitter Kayla Lund (23) and first-year setter Rachel Fairbanks (10) celebrate during Saturday evening’s game against Penn State University at the Petersen Events Center.

No. 3 Pitt defeats Keystone State rival Penn State 3-1 in second round of NCAA Tournament

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer December 5, 2021
The Panthers were able to break the drought against the Nittany Lions this year with a 3-1 victory.
The court during Friday evening’s game against University of Maryland, Baltimore County at the Petersen Events Center.

No. 3 Pitt volleyball sweeps UMBC, will play Penn State in second round rivalry game

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer December 3, 2021
No. 3 Pitt volleyball started slow but finished strong in an NCAA Tournament-opening sweep of UMBC. The Panthers’ win on Friday night set up a postseason rivalry match with Penn State on Saturday.
Pitt junior outside hitter Leketor Member-Meneh (13) prepares to hit the ball at a game against Georgia Tech at Fitzgerald Field House on Nov. 10.

Pitt volleyball earns No. 3 national seed in NCAA Tournament, will host first two rounds

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer November 29, 2021
During Sunday’s NCAA volleyball tournament selection show, the Panthers earned the No. 3 national seed, meaning they are guaranteed to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh.
Serena Gray (21) celebrates during the Panthers volleyball game vs. UVA at the Fitzgerald Field House on Sept. 29.

Slow start dooms No. 3 Pitt volleyball in marquee match with No. 1 Louisville

By Richie Smiechowski, Staff Writer November 24, 2021
In front of a raucous crowd of 3,052 fans packed into Fitzgerald Field House, No. 3 Pitt ended the regular season on a disappointing note, taking a 3-1 loss to undefeated No. 1 Louisville.
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