Sept. 18, 2012
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Match Time: 1:38
Pitt Opens Big East action this weekend on the road
Panthers have lost 3-of-4
Acton has led the team in digs every match she has played this season
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (9-5) lost a three set decision to cross-town rival Duquesne (11-5) on Tuesday evening (23-25, 23-25, 23-25) at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
Jasmine Dittrich and Alexa Campbell each notched 10 kills to lead the Panthers' attack. Campbell and Lindsey Zitzke recorded double-doubles as Campbell added 12 digs to her stat line, while Zitzke finished with 31 assists and 12 digs. Margy Acton had a match-high 21 digs and the Dukes' Allison Foschia had a match-best 11 spikes.
Duquesne held the offensive advantage, hitting a .270 (44K - 10E - 126TA), compared to Pittsburgh's .172 clip (47K - 21E - 151TA). The Dukes also held a 9-4 advantage in blocks.
It was a highly competitive first set that featured 15 ties and eight lead changes. After Jasmine Dittrich notched her fourth kill of the set to put the Panthers ahead 22-21, a Dukes kill followed by back-to-back Pittsburgh errors gave Duquesne a 24-22 advantage. The Dukes would ultimately close out the set on a kill by Mary Henry for a 25-23 victory.
With the Panthers leading 7-5 in the beginning of the second set, the Dukes responded with a 7-1 run, giving Duquesne a 12-8 lead. Pitt climbed within one at 17-16 on a kill by Mechael Guess, but Duquesne would rally for the next two points which stretched the lead back to three at 19-16.
Out of a called Pittsburgh timeout, the Panthers scored five of the next seven points to come within one point at 22-21, which resulted in a Dukes timeout. Duquesne though, was able to contain the Panthers' momentum and recorded two kills, sandwiched in between a Pitt hitting error, for a 25-23 victory and a 2-0 lead at intermission.
Jessica Boddy got the Panthers off to a fast start by registering four kills and a block to give Pitt a 10-8 lead early on in the third set. However, a 6-0 Duquesne run ensued which put the Dukes ahead 14-10. The Panthers though, answered with a 4-0 run of their own, capped off by a kill from Alex Phillips which forced Duquesne into a timeout with the frame dead-locked at 14-14.
As the two teams continued to trade points, back-to-back Duquesne blocking errors gave Pitt a two point advantage at 20-18. But with the Panthers leading 22-19, the Dukes seized momentum and scored six of the final seven points (four kills - out of rotation - Pitt hitting error) to win the third set 25-23 and the match 3-0.
The Panthers open conference action this weekend with road contests at Seton Hall on Sept. 22, and at Rutgers on Sept. 23. The Scarlet Knights (14-1) and Seton Hall (11-1) sit atop of the conference heading into league action. First serve for both matches is at 2 p.m.