Oct. 5, 2012
MILWAUKEE – In a very closely contested match, the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (10-9, 1-4) lost to Marquette (13-3, 4-0) by the score of 3-1 (22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 13-25) on Friday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
“It was a very good team effort tonight and we played some very good volleyball,” head coach Toby Rens said. “We got caught in a couple of rotations where we gave up too many points and dug ourselves a whole. I thought sets 1-3 we were right in a position where we wanted to be, but we just needed to clean up a couple of things. Marquette is a great team; they are leading the Big East. Obviously we wanted to come out with the win, but it was a good effort tonight.”
Monica Wignot was one kill shy of her season-high as she recorded a match-high 15 spikes. Margy Acton picked up 23 digs and Delaney Clesen added 10. Lindsey Zitzke dished out 27 assists and Jenna Jacobson pitched in with 16 helpers.
With the first set knotted at 13-13, Marquette used a 7-2 run which gave them a 20-15 advantage. The Panthers fought back and got within one at 22-21, but the Golden Eagles scored three of the final four point of the set for the 25-22 victory.
The score was tied 19 times in set two, while Wignot and Mechael Guess led the charge with three kills apiece. Pitt’s lead grew to as large as four at 18-14, but Marquette would then tie the set up at 20, and back-to-back Golden Eagle kills concluded the set in favor of MU, 27-25.
The Panthers captured the third set behind another three kills from Wignot, and also three from Amanda Orchard and Kate Yeazel. Orchard connected on three of her seven attempts, while Yeazel was successful on three of her five swings.
Pitt raced out to a 10-4 lead in the third frame, but a rally by Marquette saw MU take a 15-12 advantage. The Panthers however, responded by outscoring MU 13-10 down the stretch to force a fourth set.
The Golden Eagles grabbed a 3-2 advantage in what proved to be the decisive set and never relinquished the lead en route to a 25-13 fourth set victory and a 3-1 match triumph.
The Panthers are back in action on Sunday as Pitt travels to take on Syracuse at 2 p.m.