Sept. 14, 2012
Match Time: 1:22
Pitt's seven match winning streak was snapped
Pitt lead only twice in the match
This is the second time this season Yeazel has led the team in kills
Acton and Campbell combined for half of the teams digs
MUNCIE, Ind. - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team was swept on Friday evening by Ball State University (17-25, 14-25, 16-25) at Worthen Arena in its opening match of the Ball State Tournament.
The loss snaps Pitt's seven match winning streak and drops the Panthers to 8-3 on the season, while Ball State improves to 5-6. Kate Yeazel led the Panthers with nine kills on 22 attempts (.318 hitting percentage), while Margy Acton had a game-high 16 digs. BSU's Kara Bates had a match-best 11 kills.
After Pitt took its first lead of the match at 4-3, the Cardinals scored eight of the next 11 points which forced Pitt into its first timeout of the frame, down 11-7. The Cardinals extended their lead to 17-11, making Pitt use its second timeout, and eventually capitalized on their third set point opportunity with a kill by Kylee Baker for the 25-17 victory.
The Cardinals tallied the first point of the second set and never trailed in the frame. After a Pitt timeout (down 17-10), BSU recorded the next two points and eventually stretched its largest lead to 11 at 24-13 on a Pitt hitting error. Lisa Scott wrapped up the set with a kill (25-14) to give BSU a 2-0 advantage at intermission.
The Panthers opened the third set by scoring the first three points, but a 5-0 BSU run put the Cardinals up 11-8 as Pitt burned a timeout. The Panthers narrowed the gap with two quick points, but BSU scored the next six points to pull away from Pitt. Lauren Grant's kills gave BSU a nine point third set victory and concluded the sweep.
The Panthers are back in action tomorrow afternoon with two contests starting with Wyoming at 1:30 p.m. and concluding with Wright State at 4:30 p.m. Fans can follow live stats by logging onto www.pittsburghpanthers.com and can receive twitter updates by following @PittVolleyball.