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Preview | Pitt volleyball set to open ACC Play, looks to build upon promising start




Pitt Volleyball has put on a show at its home in Oakland and has won four of its five games so far. Each of the Panthers’ wins has ended in just three sets, most recently defeating the No. 5 state in dominating fashion. This stretch of excellence has the No. 10 Panthers at 9-2 and finished third in the ACC in their first conference games of the year.

The Panthers will wrap up their home stand with games against North Carolina and North Carolina State, their first two ACC opponents of the year. North Carolina sits on 8-3 this year with two of the three defeats in away games. State of North Carolina is 6-5 so far and haven’t won an away game this season.

Pitt Volleyball was strong in last year’s ACC game and went 15-3, who was second only to Louisville’s undefeated ACC record. They only suffered losses to Louisville and Georgia Tech in conference play.

The Panthers put on a strong performance at the start of the 2022 season but are struggling compared to last season when they won fifteen games before their first loss. They are Top 4 in the ACC in hit rate, assists, kills and blocks. The roster is extensive and every Panther that enters the pitch has an impact on the team’s success.

Reigning ACC Player of the Week, right-back graduate Courtney Buzzerio is the star of the Panthers offense. She leads the team in points, points per set, kills, and kills per set. Her batting average of .364 is good for seventh place in the ACC and second among Pitt players. She also impacted and knocked down defense 29 blocks. Buzzerio had a successful four-year career in Iowa before joining Pitt.

Second winger Julianna Dalton anchors the team on both sides of the game. On offense, Dalton has 116 points and 98 kills, both third best on the list. On defense she has 62 excavations and 21 blocks. Dalton was named to the All-Pac 12 freshman team in her only year away from Pittsburgh, Washington.

Sophomore setter Rachel Fairbanks is the team’s “Swiss Army Knife”. she 100 digs are second on the team, and she’s counted too 11 blocks. Against Texas A&M in August, she dropped a triple double with 13 kills, 15 assists and 12 digs. For a setter, she 51 kills are astronomical, a skill that cemented their place on Team USA this summer.

At net, trained middle blocker Serena Gray leads the Pitt defense. she 34 blocks are good for second place in the team. She was also convincing on the offensive 99 points and 72 killswho can keep up with the team’s attacking leaders. She played three years at Penn State before joining the Panthers as a senior for their Final Four campaign. She was a multiple All-American with the Nittany Lions and was an All-ACC player last year.

Senior middle blocker Chiamaka Nwokolo is once again a rock in the Panthers’ defense. she has 39 blocks per season, enough for an impressive 1.11 blocks per set. She is also set up 61 points and 86 assists, combined for an incredibly well-rounded season. In addition to her on-court accomplishments, she is transforming into a team leader in her fourth year with the Panthers.

Rachel Jepsen uses her playing time during her freshman season. Their size helps strengthen an already strong center of the court. In her three games she has seven kills and six blocksshowing their promise as a lasting force for the Panthers’ future.

The Panther attack is rounded off by experienced winger Valeria Vazquez Gomez. The redshirt sophomore showed brilliant flashes last year, punctuated by a 14-kill performance against No. 14 Georgia Tech. She is crucial to Pitt’s service game and often scores aces at critical moments for the team. As one of the Panthers’ most experienced players, she is key to the team’s cohesion.

These key players have combined to form an impressive Panthers team, but the question is whether this team is capable of repeating its Final Four performance from last year. As the ACC game begins, Pitt will need to keep up with his top rivals Louisville and Georgia Tech and find ways to win against them to maintain his caliber from last year.

For Georgia Tech, underdog Julia Bergmann might just be the best player in the country. She leads the NCAA Kills per set and points per set. She led the Yellow Jackets to one 7-2 record so far in the season. Pitt and Georgia Tech will face off in Atlanta on October 9th.

Louisville doesn’t have an individual standout like Georgia Tech, but it doesn’t matter because they’re stacked through their entire roster. The Cardinals have topped the ACC year after year and are consistently a fixture in the NCAA tournament. They are 9-1 and will be coming to Oakland on October 23 to play the Panthers.

With the ACC game coming up and more than 30 games remaining, the Panthers are playing well but are still a few notches down from where they started last season. They’ve beaten opponents in seven of their 11 games and will look to continue that pace against their ACC opponents but are already on track to double their losses from last year.


Dare picks Mikel Obi’s dedication of UCL success to Late Rashidi Yekini as proudest moment




Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sport Development, The Hon. Sunday Dare has described Mikel Obi’s dedication of Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League title to the late Rashidi Yekini as his proudest moment in the midfielder’s illustrious career.

Mikel Obi announced his retirement from active football on Tuesday 27 September and the Hon. Sunday Dare praised the midfielder’s exemplary career in his message published on Wednesday 28 September.

“I join you, Mikel John Obi, in celebrating your retirement from professional soccer. Thank you for proudly wearing the green and white jersey of our Fatherland. ‘ began the message from the Minister of Sport.

“For more than a decade you have made Nigerians proud and put smiles on the faces of households. First of all as a player, but also as a captain, your ethics and commitment have been exemplary.

“We will remember you with a smile as an integral part of the historic, all-conquering AFCON team of 2013. The little boy we saw as an eagle grew into an unstoppable eagle years later.”

“You represented Nigeria with your art as a worthy ambassador on the biggest stages abroad. On a suspenseful evening in Munich, you dedicated your UEFA Champions League success to our legend Late Rashidi Yekini.

“We couldn’t be prouder of you, John. You left an impressive mark for others to follow and I join millions of Nigerians around the world in celebrating you.” The Hon. Sunday Dare wrote.

The sports minister has always been a huge fan of the midfielder’s career, even making possible his appointment as Nigeria’s youth ambassador in June 2021.

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What sporting events have been moved or postponed? [UPDATED]




Hurricane Ian is causing weather-related postponements and venues for sporting events in the southeastern region of the United States.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on the west coast of Florida on Wednesday night. It crossed the state and back into the Atlantic. The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm from a Category 4 hurricane, but the The New York Times anticipates when it will turn back and hits the East Coast, it will be a Category 1 hurricane.

The storm has displaced thousands and caused far more inconvenience. Unfortunately the the first deaths from the storm have already been reported.

The postponement and postponement of sporting events is a secondary concern in the face of the tragic loss of life, but leagues and teams must adapt in real-time with everyone else.

From the looks of it, many games in college football, MLB and the NFL are in the running. Here’s the latest we know, in chronological order.

LAST UPDATED: 9/29 2:11 PM ET.

State of South Carolina in South Carolina: Weather update for Hurricane Ian

This game will be played on Thursday night instead of Saturday in order to play it before the storm makes landfall again. Again, it is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall on the east coast.

East Carolina in South Florida: Weather update for Hurricane Ian

This game was moved to FAU’s stadium in Boca Raton. Instead of Saturday at 7 p.m., it is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m. It was originally slated to be played in Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium, one of two events jeopardized by the storm.

East Washington, Florida: Weather update for Hurricane Ian

That should be played on Saturday. It will be a rare Sunday college football game instead.

Wake Forest, Florida: Weather update for Hurricane Ian

This game looks ready. The school announced that it is cconfident of being able to continue the game as planned.

SMU at UCF: Weather update for Hurricane Ian

This game has been moved to Sunday.

New York Mets at Atlanta Braves: Weather update for Hurricane Ian

Early in the Stormpath projections looked like Atlanta was getting hammered. After landing, Ian will fly further north, completely circumnavigating Georgia.

Nights get a little chilly but weekend days are highs in the 70’s for Atlanta with a 10% chance of rain on all days in this series.

Things are going well for this series which could determine who takes the NL East crown. Should be exciting.

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons: Hurricane Ian Weather Update

Just here. The Falcons play indoors in the Mercedes Benz Superdome so it would have taken a violent storm to threaten that. Not only that, the storm will miss Atlanta completely.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Weather update for Hurricane Ian

The mayor of Tampa stated that it was her did everything she could with the NFL to help hold Sunday night’s big game in Tampa Bay. That promise was delivered on Thursday afternoon when the league announced play would resume as scheduled at Raymond James Stadium.

The league had wiretapped at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as an emergency site as the Vikings play London this week but that will not come to fruition.

The Buccaneers Moved to Miami earlier this week to avoid the path of the storm.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Romain Langasque leads after equalling course record at St Andrews | Golf News




Rory McIlroy started the week with a 68 at Carnoustie, as did Francesco Molinari on his return to the venue where he won The Open in 2018: Watch the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship live on Sky Sports Golf on Friday from 11am

Last updated: 29/09/22 19:12

Romain Langasque leads early in Scotland

Romain Langasque leads early in Scotland

Romain Langasque pulled off a remarkable finish to equal the course record at St Andrews and take the early lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Frenchman made an eagle and five birdies over his last six holes to close out an 11-under-61 on the Old Course, one of three used at the event to sit a shot ahead of compatriot Fredric Lacroix.

Langasque – starting on the back nine – failed to get up and down from the green to set the par on the 11th five 14th and birdie at close range on the 18th to turn 33.

Rory McIlroy is off the pace in group seven

Rory McIlroy is off the pace in group seven

Birdies on second and fourth were followed by a 40-foot eagle on the par 5 before Langasque shagged each of his last four holes to complete a second nine 28 and jump to the top of the leaderboard.

“I’m so happy, the last three holes were really fun and I made long putts,” Langasque said. “It’s amazing. I didn’t know I had the course record here now and I think it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

Lacroix’s performance came at Kingsbarns where Niklas Norgaard Moller carded a nine under 63 to join Antoine Rozner, who was playing at St Andrews, in third place.

A seven under 65 from Thomas Pieters was the day’s lowest round at Carnoustie, leaving the Belgian in tied seventh after a poor opening day, while England’s Daniel Gavins is also four behind after his bogey-free start at St Andrews.

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World No. 2 Rory McIlroy and two-time Dunhill Links champion Tyrrell Hatton both carded four-under 68s at Carnoustie, where US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick hit an under 71 and defending champion Danny Willett stuttered to a level par 72.

“Obviously he played the back nine very well and then, yeah, faltered a bit,” McIlroy said. “I made a few bad shots, led to the bogey on the three, and then bogeyed well on the nine after a bad drive.

“Overall, you’re not going to get Carnoustie in easier conditions, so I feel like I left a few shots out there. But overall it was a decent day.”

Due to heavy rain and high winds forecast for Friday, the second round will be played at 8.30am with a shotgun start on all three courses. Leader Langasque will face off against Carnoustie on day two.

Watch the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship live on Sky Sports all week long. Live coverage continues on Sky Sports Golf on Friday from 11am.

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