Aug 30, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Pitt Volleyball did its best to challenge Missouri at the Tiger Classic, but the Panthers fell 3-1 in their second match of the day at the Hearnes Center. Pitt, which is now 1-1 after the first day of the season, dropped the decision to the host team by a score of 25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13.
After a rough first set, Pitt (1-1) bounced back in the second for an exciting back-and-forth battle. There were 12 ties in the set and neither squad led by more than three points at any time.
The Panthers really started to sink its teeth into the frame after about 15 points. Monica Wignot, appearing in a match for the first time this season, notched a kill and served an ace to tie it at 8-8. Jenna Potts showed her defense with a block then her offense with a kill, and Pitt led 10-9.
Most of the set's ties came after that point and it wasn't until 14-12 that the Panthers claimed their first multi-point lead. That did not last long, however, and the see-saw play resumed.
A few errors from the Tigers (2-0) helped to give the Panthers a break, and Wignot's kill for 23-20 gave them their largest advantage of the night. Mizzou took the next two scores, but Pitt closed it out with another Wignot kill and an attack error for the 25-23 edge.
After hitting .100 in the first set, Pitt improved to .379 in the second. Mizzou also saw its attack numbers reverse in the second, dropping from .423 in the first to .294 in the second.
The second-set performance turned out to be more the exception than the rule, however. Missouri had begun the match with back-to-back service aces and its quicker play proved problematic for Pitt. The Tigers eventually finished the night with 10 aces.
The third and fourth frames also mirrored the opener as the Tigers' offense regained its sharpness. Mizzou hit .593 as a team in the third and .600 in the fourth. Three Tigers finished with double-digit kills, including Lisa Henning (18), Carly Kan (15) and Whitney Little (12).
The bulk of Pitt's offense came from Kate Yeazel, who tallied 12 kills. Wignot finished her evening with eight, while Lindsey Zitzke (17) and Jenna Jacobson (16) shared the top assists numbers. Defensively, Potts added five blocks and Delaney Clesen tallied 10 digs.
In the first day of the game, Pitt defeated Arkansas State in straight sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-18). The Panthers wrap up tournament play tomorrow against South Dakota (3 p.m.) and Idaho State (8 p.m.).