SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (11-9, 2-4) swept Syracuse University (9-11, 1-4) on Sunday afternoon (25-22, 25-16, 25-18) at the Women's Building.
"I was very pleased with the focus we had from start to finish today," head coach Toby Rens said. "We did a really good job siding out today and putting pressure on Syracuse. The play of Monica (Wignot) in the middle was key for us, as well as Jessica (Wynn) with double-digit kills. But as a whole everybody contributed today."
Pittsburgh hit .273 for the contest (46K - 16E - 110TA) and had eight blocks and five aces. The Panthers defense held SU to a .171 hitting clip (32K - 14E - 105TA).
Behind eight kills from Wynn, the Panthers took the first set 25-22. With the frame locked up at 14-14, two kills by Wynn along with a service ace by Zitzke and an SU hitting error saw the Panthers surge ahead 18-14 and forced an Orange timeout. SU would only be able to climb within two for the remainder of the set and another SU hitting error concluded the frame.
SU jumped out to a 4-1 lead to open the second set, but a 9-2 Pitt run ensued which gave the Panthers a 10-6 advantage. From there, Pittsburgh outscored SU 15-10 for the remainder of the set and won the frame in dominant fashion, 25-16. Wignot connected on five her 12 swings in the set.
With Pitt holding a one point advantage in the third set at 11-10, the Panthers grabbed control with a 7-2 run. The lead would grow to as large as nine on two different occasions, and a kill by Jasmine Dittrich concluded the set 25-18 in favor of Pitt and secured the three set sweep.
After playing 15 of its first 20 matches on the road, the Panthers finish the season with seven of its final 10 matches coming at home, starting next weekend with contests against Georgetown and Villanova. Pitt and Georgetown is set for Friday night at 5 p.m., while the match with Villanova is at 2 p.m. on Sunday.