Oct. 30, 2013
College Park, Md. – The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (12-12, 4-7 ACC) dropped a hard-fought 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 15-25, 24-26) contest at Maryland (12-11, 4-7 ACC) this evening at the Comcast Center.
For the match, the Panthers were led by Monica Wignot and Kate Yeazel who tallied 12 and 11 kills respectively. Jenna Jacobson also performed admirably recording her fourth double-double of the season with 30 assists and 11 digs.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair with neither team gaining more than a three point advantage until Pitt jumped out to an 18-15 lead behind four kills from Jessica Wynn. Maryland rallied to tie the set at 19-19 by scoring five of the next six points. From there, the teams exchanged points before the Panthers got to set point, 24-22, on a kill from Jenna Potts and an ace from Lindsey Zitzke. The Terps made it interesting by getting the score to 24-23 before a service error gave Pitt the first set victory.
In the second, the Panthers played catch-up for a majority of the set before eventually facing set point at 24-19. Pitt refused to give in and scored the next five points on kills from KeKe Irby, Wignot, Wynn and Mechael Guess and an ace from Delaney Clesen to tie the set. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Maryland was able to regroup and score the next two points to win the set 26-24 and even the match 1-1.
Following the break, Maryland came out strongly and took the third set by a 25-15 margin.
The Terrapins looked to be on their way to cruising to a fourth set victory when they jumped out to an early 7-3 advantage but Pitt responded by scoring 11 of the next 14 points to take a 14-11 lead. The run was keyed by some solid serving from Potts and Jacobson, who tallied a trio of aces during the rally. Maryland refused to let the Panthers’ run put them away as they crawled back into the set and eventually evened the score at 22-22. The two squads exchanged points to tie the game at 24-24 but Maryland closed out the set and match by scoring the final two points en route to the victory.
Pitt will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 3, when it faces Notre Dame in South Bend. The matchup with the Irish will be broadcast live on ESPN3.