Sept. 30, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Jessica Wynn and Kate Yeazel combined for 15 kills, but the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (10-8, 1-3) dropped a three set decision to No. 17 University of Louisville (14-2, 3-1) on Sunday afternoon (18-25, 12-25, 22-25) at Fitzgerald Field House.
Wynn tallied a team-best eight spikes, while Yeazel had seven. Margy Acton posted 15 digs and Delaney Clesen also reached double-digits with 11. Setter Lindsey Zitzke was one dig shy of a double-double with 13 assists and nine digs. Louisville's Lola Arslanbekova had a match best 12 kills.
"We were not able to execute and take care of business on our side of the net," head coach Toby Rens said. "We are a better team than what we displayed this past weekend. If we can get to a consistent level again and take care of the ball on our side, the wins will take care of themselves."
Pittsburgh took its first lead of the opening set at 8-7 after a kill by Wynn. The two teams continued to jockey for the lead, until Louisville scored five unanswered points to surge ahead 16-11.
After a called timeout, Pittsburgh scored the next three points, but Louisville used another 5-0 spurt to go ahead 21-14. A Panthers attacking error concluded the set in favor of the Cardinals, 25-18.
Louisville had control of the entire second frame, and took a 2-0 lead into the locker room which a 25-12 second set victory.
In a much more competitive third set, the Panthers grabbed an early 5-2 lead after a Cardinals hitting error. Louisville tied the set at 7-7, and from there the two teams would be tied 11 more times. But with the score deadlocked at 18-18, Louisville used a 3-0 run to seize momentum. Gwen Rucker finished off the set with a kill, which concluded the match.
Pittsburgh looks to bounce back next weekend with two road contests at Marquette and at Syracuse.
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