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Audrey Ann Blakely

How have you grown as a person during your time at Pitt?
Blakely: Our coach always says that coming to college you change from being a girl to being a woman and that you have to make that change quickly. So I think coming into my senior year, I feel comfortable in my routines and feel prepared to be a "real person" once I graduate which is a great feeling entering my last year at Pitt. I feel like I know what I'm doing and can definitely thank our Athletic Department and Life Skills, as well as the community at Pitt, for preparing me.

Biggest accomplishment? Favorite moment?
Blakely: Since our coach came in, that was my first year as well, I got to see a rapid change in the program. The biggest moments we had are our first ACC win, and our first win over a ranked opponent. I was fortunate enough to be the first ranked player for Pitt nationally - that was an amazing moment, and then I beat that record, too. Athletically, those have been really incredible.

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How have you managed to be a successful DI athlete and student?
Blakely: The biggest thing from that is accepting that you can't be perfect. Just showing up every day in all aspects of school and tennis and planning has helped. Remembering that you're not totally in control and leaning to the community around us - like the academic support staff and coaches - and knowing people are there to support you and help you has helped me succeed the most.

Do you have a favorite part about being a Pitt student-athlete?
Blakely: The sports community in Pittsburgh and within Pitt. Feeling connected with a lot of the other sports and knowing that there are a lot of other student-athletes here that care about school. The stereotype that student-athletes are just at school to play their sport is not true for most of us. Pittsburgh is a really supportive city for athletes in general, and Pitt is a great school that gives us the opportunity to pursue our passions.

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Monday, November 21
Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Loyola Maryland at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320 AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Tuesday, November 22
Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Yale at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 93.7 The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Live Stats: GameTracker

Wednesday, November 23
Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Slippery Rock at 2:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: KDKA-FM HD3 | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Volleyball vs. Virginia Tech at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
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Friday, November 25
Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Morehead State at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 93.7 The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Saturday, November 26
Pitt Football vs. Syracuse at 12:30 PM
Television: ACC Network
Radio: 93.7 The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Volleyball at Virginia at 5:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
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Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Cornell at 6:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320 AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Legends of the Game - Pitt vs. Duke: Tom Savage, Sept. 21, 2013

Five Facts about Tom Savage vs. Duke:

  1. Pitt earned its first ever ACC win in 2013 thanks to an incredible game from QB Tom Savage.
  2. Savage tossed for six touchdowns and 424 yards on 23 of 33 passing to lead the Panthers.
  3. Tyler Boyd caught 3 TDs from Savage, while Devin Street also pulled in two of his own.
  4. Savage became the eighth Pitt QB in school history to pass for 400 yards in a single game.
  5. The 58-55 victory also marked the highest-scoring game in Pitt football history.

transformation mikey racciato

How have you changed as an athlete during your time at Pitt?
Racciato: My freshman year, I was pretty clueless and was looking up to older kids. I was thrown right into the lineup. Now that it's my fourth year, I know what to expect being in the lineup. Freshmen are looking up to me, asking me questions and looking for advice - I can relay that info.

Do you have a favorite moment?
Racciato: Individually would be winning an ACC title my sophomore year. But as a team, since I've been here, we upset No. 5 Oklahoma State my freshman year at the Fitzgerald Field House when we were ranked No. 13, so that was pretty cool.

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How have you managed to stay ahead in your classes?
Racciato: My freshman year, first semester was when I learned everything. It taught me what it was going to be like for the rest of my career.

Our academic center is the most useful tool for me. My academic advisor helps map out my schedule - there's just so much help here that I'm not sure you can get at other schools. Without my advisors, I don't know how I would've done it. While I was here, I had tutors and review packs that I traveled with. I also have classes with some of my teammates, so it's not like I'm doing it all by myself.

Do you have any main goals heading into your final season?
Racciato: I would like to become an All-American. Our team is doing good - we are 3-0 so far. For our team, we would like to compete for an ACC title. That's pretty much everyone's goal this year and every year. I also want to graduate with a 3.0 and be on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

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Monday, November 14
Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Gardner-Webb at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 93.7 The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Thursday, November 17
2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warriors Project: Pitt Men's Basketball vs. SMU at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 PM
Television: ESPN2
Radio: 93.7 The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
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Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Loyola Chicago at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320 AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE App
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Friday, November 18
Pitt Wrestling vs. Lehigh at 7:00 PM
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Pitt Women's Volleyball at Syracuse at 7:00 PM
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Saturday, November 19
Pitt Football vs. Duke at 3:00 PM
Television: ROOT Sports Pittsburgh
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Live Stats: GameTracker

NCAA Cross Country Championship: All Day at Terre Haute, Indiana
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Sunday, November 20
Pitt Women's Volleyball at Boston College at 12:00 PM
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Weekend Tournaments
Pitt Swimming and Diving at Ohio State Invitational: Friday Nov. 18 at 10:00 AM | Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10:00 AM | Sunday, Nov. 20 at 9:00 AM
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