NEW ORLEANS - Margy Acton became the 10th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career dig plateau and Jessica Wynn had a season-high 18 kills to lead the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (6-2) past Sam Houston State (3-7) on Friday afternoon (25-13, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21) at the Hertz Center on the campus of Tulane University.
Acton finished with 29 digs in the contest, which is also an Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic record. Setter Lindsey Zitzke recorded a double-double with a season-best 46 assists and 14 digs. Wynn connected on 18 of her 35 swings, good for a .429 hitting percentage.
The Panthers scored the first point of the opening set and didn't trail for the remainder of the frame. Wynn connected on her first four swings, and ultimately finished the set with a team-best seven kills.
With the set tied 8-8, Pitt outscored the Bobcats 17-5 for the remainder of the frame. Kate Yeazel had four blocks in the set and the Panthers collectively hit at a .400 clip en route to a 25-13 victory.
Pitt jumped out to an early 4-1 advantage in the second set as four different Panthers registered kills. Pittsburgh continued to control the action throughout, with its largest lead coming at 20-12 on a kill by Lindsey Zitzke. The Bearkats wouldn't go away easily as SHSU used a 5-0 run to climb within four at 23-19, but kills from Alexa Campbell and Yeazel sealed the set for Pitt, 25-20.
Set three would be tied 10 times throughout the frame, but the Bearkats scored nine of the final 11 points to capture the set 25-18. Kaylee Hawkins and Devene Wells-Gibson of SHSU tallied 14 of the teams 20 kills in the set.
Like sets one and two, Pittsburgh did not trail in the fourth set. The Panthers raced out to a 4-1 lead and saw its lead grow to seven on two different occasions (17-10, 18-11). A kill from Jessica Boddy and SHSU serving error ended the fourth set 25-21 as Pitt won its fifth consecutive match.
The Panthers are back in action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. CT against tournament host Tulane and then at 4:30 p.m. against Mississippi State. Fans can watch a live web-stream and follow live stats by clicking here. Twitter updates will also be available by following @PittVolleyball.
Notes: Acton and Delaney Clesen each reached double-digit digs for the second consecutive match...Alex Phillips had a season-high nine kills...Pitt's streak of consecutive sets won was snapped at 14 as the Bearkats won the third set 25-18.
Panthers Sweep Kennesaw State to Finish 2-1 at KSU Invitational
Pitt Falls to Missouri, 3-1
Pitt Sweeps Liberty to Open 2016 Slate
Panthers Open 2016 Season at Kennesaw State Invitational
Pitt Volleyball Eyes Postseason in 2016
Gold Defeats Blue in Annual Blue/Gold Exhibition Match