Oct. 14, 2012
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PITTSBURGH - Despite four Panthers reaching double-digit kills, the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (12-10, 3-5) dropped a four set decision to Villanova University (10-11, 4-3) on Sunday afternoon (25-15, 22-25, 20-25, 23-25) at Fitzgerald Field House.
Alexa Campbell led the team with 11 spikes, while Mechael Guess, Jessica Wynn and Kate Yeazel each had 10. Lindsey Zitzke led the team in both assists (31) and digs (17), and freshman Jenna Jacobson recorded a career-high 18 assists.
Delaney Clesen and Margy Acton joined Zitzke in double-digit digs with 15 and 14, respectively. Jasmine Dittrich had a team-best five blocks. Villanova's Krista Andersen and Lauren Carpenter both tallied a match-high 14 kills.
Behind a .452 hitting percentage in the opening frame (15K - 1E - 31TA), the Panthers made quick work of the Wildcats, 25-15. With the score knotted a four apiece, Pitt notched five consecutive kills which sparked a 14-6 run and gave the Panthers breathing room at 18-10. Pittsburgh's lead grew to as much as 11 on two difference occasions in the set, and a kill by Dittrich concluded the frame.
Villanova tied up the match heading into the locker room with a narrow 25-22 second set victory. The Wildcats raced out to a 6-1 lead, but Pitt refocused out of a timeout and eventually tied the set at 14-14. The Panthers took a brief lead on a kill by Yeazel, but with the set tied at 21-21, Villanova scored three consecutive points and eventually wrapped up the set on a kill by Carpenter.
Villanova took a 12-11 lead in the third set and didn't relinquish the lead for the remainder of the set. A 6-0 Wildcat's run gave Villanova a 21-14 lead, and a Pittsburgh hitting error gave Villanova a 25-20 third set victory.
Campbell and Guess both had five kills in the fourth set, but Villanova outscored Pittsburgh 5-1 down the stretch and won the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.
Pittsburgh hit .256 for the contest (58K - 18E - 156TA), while Villanova hit .217 (54K - 19E - 161TA). The Wildcats held a 10-8 advantage in blocks.
The Panthers continue their home stand next weekend as Pittsburgh hosts St. John's on Friday night and Connecticut on Sunday afternoon at Fitzgerald Field House.