Sep 3, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Pitt volleyball took on Polish professional team Dabrowa at Fitzgerald Field House on Tuesday, falling 3-1. The Panthers rallied for a huge third set but couldn't make the full comeback despite 12 kills from Jessica Wynn and a double-double from Maria Genitsaridi.
Pitt was slow out of the gates and after a second set that saw it hit .000 (5-5-27) as a team, put together its best frame of the night in the third. The Panthers ultimately fell 25-22, 25-10, 20-25, 25-20, however.
The Pitt offense could not find its swing in the second set and totaled just five kills, three of which came from Wynn. The team's energy and execution elevated after the intermission and it showed in the results. The Panthers hit .438 in the third, their highest attack percentage of the night. Jessica Boddy also tallied six of her eight kills in the third.
Pitt made its first major move midway through the third. Kills from Body on three of four points capped off an 8-3 run for the Panthers and put them in front 13-6.
Dabrowa tried to threaten later in the frame. After Lindsey Zitzke served an ace for 23-15, the Polish squad ran off four straight points. Dabrowa later saved one set point, but Wynn finally closed out play with a kill for 25-20.
Boddy did more than just notch kills. In addition to her offense, which included a .400 hitting percentage, the sophomore added seven blocks for a match high.
Also defensively, Delaney Clesen totaled 19 digs. Genitsaridi's double-double came with 11 kills and 10 digs.
Four of Genitsaridi's kills came in the final set. The Panthers were competitive throughout the fourth just as they had been in the third but with less success on the scoreboard. The fourth set saw seven ties, including one as late as 17-17. Dabrowa finished the match on an 8-3 run.
After posting attack percentages of .108 and .000 in the first two sets, Pitt out-hit Dabrowa in each of the final two. The Panthers closed it out at .438 in the third and .312 in the fourth compared to .152 and .250, respectively for Dabrowa.
Pitt will return to the court this weekend to take on Albany, Northeastern and Connecticut in the UConn Classic in Storrs, Conn., Sept. 6-7.