Sept. 23, 2012
Match Time: 2:31
Pitt is now 1-0 in five set matches
21 kills for Alexa Campbell is a career-high (previous high was 15)
Pitt opens up Conference action at home next weekend
Alexa Campbell recorded a career-high 21 kills and added 12 digs, while Monica Wignot also notched a double-double with 16 spikes and 11 digs. Jessica Wynn joined Campbell and Wignot in double-digit kills with 14. Setters Lindsey Zitzke and Maria Nicholas combined for 25 and 20 assists, respectively, and Margy Acton added a team-best 26 digs.
In its longest set of the season, Pittsburgh outlasted the Scarlet Knights 33-31 in the opening frame. The score was tied 18 times and there were 10 lead changes. Campbell commenced her career day with eight kills in the opening set to lead the Panthers and a kill from Nicholas ultimately concluded the set.
Pittsburgh grabbed a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room after a 25-17 second set victory. The Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead to open the frame and never relinquished the lead. Wynn connected on four of her eight attempts to lead Pitt in the set.
Rutgers fought their way back into the match by winning both the third and the fourth set, sending the Panthers into its first five set contest of the season.
Two kills from Campbell, along with a service ace from Zitzke and RU hitting error gave the Panthers a 4-0 advantage to open the decisive set. Pittsburgh led the entire way, and Rutgers came within two at 12-10 and 13-11, but back-to-back kills by Wignot secured the victory and gave Pitt its first conference win of the season.
The Panthers play their first Big East home matches next weekend when Pitt hosts Cincinnati and No. 10 Louisville. The Cincinnati contest is scheduled for Friday night, Sept. 28th at 7 p.m., while the match with the nationally-ranked Cardinals is set for Sept. 30th at 2 p.m.