Sept. 28, 2012
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PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (10-7, 1-2) dropped a three set decision to Cincinnati (4-11, 2-1) on Friday evening (9-25, 17-25, 19-25) at Fitzgerald Field House.
Freshman Amanda Orchard and senior Alexa Campbell shared a team-high with six kills, while Margy Acton and Delaney Clesen registered 14 and 13 digs, respectively. Cincinnati, the reigning Big East Tournament champion, was led offensively by Becca Refenes who notched a match-high 14 kils.
“Amanda (Orchard) was a bright spot off the bench; I was very pleased with that. As was Jenna Jacobson,” head coach Toby Rens said. “Cincinnati is a great team. They have a lot of experience from last year’s team. They are a junior-senior laden team and they played with a great focus tonight.”
The Bearcats raced out of the gates to a 7-2 advantage in the opening frame, forcing the Panthers to burn their first timeout of the set. Cincinnati continued to lead throughout, forcing another Pitt timeout leading 17-7. UC’s Becca Refenes wrapped up the frame with her fifth kill of the set, 25-9.
After Jessica Boddy’s solo block brought the score to 7-6 in favor of Cincinnati in set two, the Bearcats used a 9-2 run to gain a 16-8 lead, which forced a Pittsburgh timeout. The two sides then traded nine points as Cincinnati won the second set 25-17 for a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Pitt came out firing on all cylinders early in the third set, and three consecutive blocks (Jessica Wynn, Jessica Boddy, Boddy/Yeazel) was part of a 6-0 Pitt run which gave the Panthers a 12-5 lead. The Bearcats though, climbed back into the match and tied the set at 17 apiece. From there, Cincinnati scored eight of the final 10 points for the 25-19 third set victory and the 3-0 match sweep.
The Panthers are back in action on Sunday afternoon when Pittsburgh hosts No. 17 Louisville at Fitzgerald Field House. First serve is set for 1 p.m.