Nov. 3, 2013
South Bend, Ind. - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (12-13, 4-8 ACC) dropped a hard-fought 3-2 (25-13, 22-25, 25-17, 22-25, 9-15) contest to Notre Dame (10-13, 4-8 ACC) this afternoon at Purcell Pavilion.
"It's tough but I'm proud of the girls for battling," said Pitt head coach Dan Fisher. "In the fifth set we obviously didn't get off to the start that we needed to but I'm proud of the girls for coming back and hopefully we'll carry some momentum into next week."
For the match, the Panthers were led by Jessica Wynn who had 22 kills with a .419 hitting percentage and Maria Genitsaridi who had 13 kills while hitting .409. On the defensive end, Delaney Clesen led the charge with 23 digs.
Pitt got out to a hot start with a dominant 25-13 win in the opening set. The Panthers outhit the Irish .500 to .227 and had 18 kills to a mere six for the home squad. Pitt jumped out to a 10 point lead at 19-9 on a pair of kills from Jenna Potts and didn't look back cruising to the first set victory. The Panthers' balanced attack led them to the first set victory as seven players recorded kills and six tallied digs.
Notre Dame responded in the second with a 25-22 win to even the match going into the break.
In the third set, Pitt used a 6-0 run to break open what was a back-and-forth set and take an 18-11 advantage. During the run, the Panthers got excellent serving from Amanda Orchard and kills from Potts and Gentisaridi. Notre Dame was able to cut the lead to four at 21-17 but Fisher called timeout and the Pitt squad responded by running off four straight points to take the set, punctuated by a massive kill from KeKe Irby.
Another 25-22 set victory in the fourth for the Irish sent the match into a deciding fifth set where they were able to prevail 15-9 to take the match.
Pitt will return to action on Friday, Nov. 8, when it welcomes Wake Forest (15-9, 4-8 ACC) to Fitzgerald Field House for a 7 p.m. match.