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June 9, 2017

PITTSBURGH – Entering his fifth year as the University of Pittsburgh’s head volleyball coach, Dan Fisher has announced the Panthers’ 2017 schedule.
Following a historic season in 2016 that saw Pitt earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004 and first postseason win since 2003, the Panthers hope to find continued success in 2017. Looking for its fourth-straight 20-win season, Pitt has a tough slate ahead of them, with matches versus multiple teams that appeared in last year’s NCAA Tournament, including Washington and Creighton, who bowed out in the Elite Eight.
Panther fans will have their first opportunity to check out the 2017 squad in action during the program’s annual Blue/Gold Exhibition, Saturday, Aug. 19. The match will begin at 1 p.m. and take place at the Fitzgerald Field House.
Pitt will open the season and prepare for conference play with four non-conference tournaments, which includes three match-ups at home, three true road matches and six neutral site contests. The Panthers will travel to three straight tournaments before returning home to host the Panther Challenge at the Fitzgerald Field House.
Pitt will face some of its toughest competition of the season in its opening weekend, as the Panthers head to Seattle for a tournament at Washington. The tournament will feature match-ups with the Huskies and Creighton Bluejays, in addition to Saint Mary’s (Cal.). Both Washington and Creighton reached the Elite Eight in 2016. Pitt will play the Huskies for just the second time in program history and the first time since 2010, while the team will meet the Bluejays for the first time.

In its second weekend, Pitt will travel to Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Invitational. The Panthers are set to play Iowa State, in addition to the Flyers, who Pitt defeated 3-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last season at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa.

The Panthers will also spend a weekend at Western Kentucky, in Bowling Green, Ky. The Hilltoppers, who made the trip to Pittsburgh last season and made the 2016 NCAA Tournament, will play host to the Panthers along with Saint Louis and East Tennessee State. Pitt will look for revenge against WKU after the Hilltoppers defeated the Panthers in a five-set thriller in the two teams’ first meeting in program history.
Pitt will close out non-conference play and open its home slate, as the squad hosts the Panther Challenge at the Fitzgerald Field House. The two-day tournament will feature contests against UC Santa Barbara, Eastern Kentucky and Cleveland State. Pitt is 13-3 against the Vikings, who also made postseason in 2016.
Pitt’s conference slate will feature six home and home series and eight individual matches, with 10 of the 20 total contests being played in Pittsburgh.
The Panthers will square-off with Syracuse, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Miami twice, while facing North Carolina (home), NC State (home), Louisville, Notre Dame, Wake Forest (home), Duke (home), Clemson and Georgia Tech just once this season.
Pitt’s biggest ACC match-ups at the Fitzgerald Field House feature the Seminoles and Tar Heels, who were both nationally ranked a year ago and advanced to the Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament. In the final AVCA Coaches Poll of 2016, UNC ranked sixth in the nation, while FSU finished 16th.
The Panthers return six starters from 2016, including AVCA Honorable Mention All-America selection Stephanie Williams and ACC Setter of the Year Kamalani Akeo. The duo, in addition to senior Mariah Bell, redshirt junior Angela Seman and sophomores Nika Markovic and Layne Van Buskirk, will look to lead Pitt back to the postseason in 2017.
The Panthers bring two new faces on the floor this year in freshmen Kayla Lund and Chinaza Ndee, who will look to help manage the loss of AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honoree and standout middle Jenna Potts, who graduated following last season.
Tickets for the 2017 volleyball season are now on sale and be purchased by calling the Pitt Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT (7488) or by logging on to
Pitt Volleyball Announces 2017 Schedule

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