Aug. 25, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Jessica Wynn had 10 kills but No. 9 Purdue swept the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team on Saturday night (25-16, 25-23, 25-6) in the conclusion of the Mortar Board Premier inside Holloway Gymnasium on the campus of Purdue University.
Pitt finished third at the tournament with a 1-2 record. Host Purdue took the tournament crown with a 3-0 mark, while No. 21 Northern Iowa was second at 2-1 and George Washington finished fourth at 0-3.
Lindsey Zitzke had 21 assists on the evening, and libero Margy Acton tallied 14 digs. Acton, who reached double-digit digs in all three contests this weekend, was named to the all-tournament team. Ariel Turner of Purdue, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, had a game-high 14 kills.
The Boilermakers raced out of the gates and seized a 10-3 lead to open the first set. The Panthers fell behind by 12 in the frame and Purdue would wrap up the set with a nine point victory, 25-16.
The second set was closely contested all the way through, featuring 10 ties and five lead changes. Purdue used a 5-0 run to take an early 6-3 advantage, but the Panthers clawed their way back and held a 12-8 lead after a 6-0 spurt of their own.
Purdue recaptured the lead at 19-18, but three consecutive kills from Alex Phillips, Alexa Campbell and Lindsey Zitzke gave Pittsburgh a 21-19 advantage. The set would then be tied at 21, 22, and 23, but back-to-back Purdue spikes gave the Boilermakers a 2-0 advantage heading into intermission.
The Boilermakers scored the first 11 points of the third set and ultimately wrapped up the match with a 25-6 decision.
The Panthers are home next weekend to host the Pittsburgh Panther Invitational. Joining Pitt will be Butler, Coastal Carolina and Howard.
Notes: The Purdue Mortar Board, which is an academic scholarship, recognized the players on each team who have the highest GPA, the most improved GPA and a community service recipient. Pitt’s award winners were Maria Nicholas for highest GPA, Alex Phillips for most improved, and Margy Acton for community service … The attendance for tonight’s match was 2,594.