BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s and women’s swimming teams announced their 2016-17 schedules Monday, with both squads set to open the season Oct. 15, hosting the 11th annual Panther Relays.
Pitt-Bradford will close out the opening month of the season with road trips to AMCC opponents Cabrini and Penn State Altoona. The Panthers travel to Buffalo State and Alfred in early November before returning home to host Washington & Jefferson Nov. 19. The fall semester schedule concludes with the teams competing at the Fredonia State Blue Devil Invitational in December.
The Panthers kick off 2017 with a tri-meet against Franciscan and Bethany and visit Wells the following week. Alfred State will visit the Paul C. Duke III Aquatic Center Jan. 21, and Pitt-Bradford closes out the regular season at Penn State Behrend during the final weekend in January.
Pitt-Bradford will compete in the AMCC Championships starting Feb. 8 in Erie, Pa.
New head coach Doug Alban, who spent the previous five seasons as an assistant at the University of the South (Tenn.), will lead the Panthers in 2016-17. The men finished second at the AMCC Championships a year ago and the women were third, their best finish since 2009-10.
Christina Rauh Named AMCC Volleyball Player of the Week
BRADFORD, Pa. - Pitt-Bradford volleyball player Christina Rauh has been named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Rauh, a senior setter, helped the Panthers to a 4-1 record last week, including a second-place finish and three wins at the Wooster Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic. In five matches, Rauh averaged 8.18 assists, 1.41 kills and 2.41 digs per set. In addition, she converted 13 aces, adding to her league-leading total of 31, and recorded five blocks.
In the team’s home-opening win against Houghton, Rauh posted a double-double of 35 assists and 10 digs and added four blocks. She collected a match-high six aces versus Capital (Ohio) and had a double-double of 24 assists and 10 digs against Wooster. She wrapped up tournament play with 35 assists, six kills and seven digs in a win over Oberlin en route to earning all-tournament team honors.
The Panama, N.Y., native leads the AMCC in assists per set (8.03) and ranks second in hitting percentage (.291). She joins teammate Kirsten Platz as the second Panther to receive the conference’s weekly honor this season, and it marks the second time in her career she has been named Player of the Week.
Pitt-Bradford, which is 10-3 on the season and off to its best start in six years, hosts Allegheny Wednesday at 7 p.m.