Nov. 6, 2012
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PITTSBURGH - Alexa Campbell and Monica Wignot combined for 25 of the Panthers 45 kills as the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (15-13) rolled to a three set sweep of Robert Morris (16-15) on Tuesday night (25-20, 25-17, 25-12) at Fitzgerald Field House in non-conference action.
Campbell connected on 15 of her 22 swings without committing an error (.682 hitting percentage), while Wignot had 10 spikes on 20 attempts and just one error. Collectively, Pitt had its second best hitting effort of the season with a .365 clip (45K - 10E - 96TA). Margy Acton had a match-high 16 digs, while Lindsey Zitzke and Jenna Jacobson combined to dish out 34 assists.
With RMU leading 6-5 in the opening set, Pitt scored five unanswered points on three kills, a service ace and a Colonial hitting error to surge ahead 10-6. The Panthers would keep its lead for the remainder of the set, and with Pitt holding an 18-17 advantage, the Panthers scored four of the next five points to force an RMU timeout up 22-18. Wignot's fifth kill of the set concluded the frame 25-20 in favor of the Panthers.
Wignot hit a perfect 5-for-5 in the first, and Campbell connected on five of her six swings as Pitt hit .517 in the opening set.
Pitt went ahead 11-6 in the second set as RMU recorded three hitting errors during a 6-1 Panthers run. Pitt would not let the Colonials within three points for the remainder of the set, and stretched its largest lead to eight after a service ace by Delaney Clesen. Wignot once again ended the set with a kill. Campbell tallied five more kills in set two, and Mechael Guess pitched in with four of her seven total spikes.
It was all Pitt in the third set as the Panthers outscored Robert Morris 11-2 in the middle of the frame to grab a 20-9 lead. RMU's 14th hitting error of the night gave Pitt a 25-12 third set victory to wrap up the three set sweep. Campbell once again connected on five kills in six attempts.
Kate Yeazel led the Panthers at the net with four blocks (one solo, three assists), while Wignot and Jasmine Dittrich both had three blocks.
Pitt recorded its eighth sweep of the season and finishes non-conference action with an overall record of 10-5. Pitt is now 20-1 all-time against Robert Morris, including a perfect 10-0 record at home.
The Panthers are back in action this weekend as Pitt ends the regular-season with a match against Seton Hall at home on Senior Night this Friday, followed by a road contest at Villanova on Sunday. Pitt needs to win both matches for a chance to reach the Big East Tournament. First serve against Seton Hall is set for 7 p.m.