Nov. 9, 2011
PITTSBURGH--Three Panthers recorded double figures in kills to lead the University of Pittsburgh women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-27, 25-22 and 25-17) victory over Duquesne at Fitzgerald Field House Wednesday night.
Senior Kiesha Leggs turned in a match-high 22 kills, while freshman Jessica Wynn collected a career-high 19. Sophomore Monica Wignot chipped in her sixth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 13 digs. Freshman Lindsey Zitzke notched her seventh double-double on the year with 58 assists and 13 digs.
"I was very impressed with tonight's match," head coach Toby Rens. "We had a set-high of 21 kills in the first game, which set the tone for the rest of the match. Offensively, several people stepped up including Lauren and Jessica with season's best in kills tonight."
The 74 team kills are most this season since Pitt put down 77 against Ohio on Sept. 13. The Panthers (17-12) served nine aces, while committing just one receiving error.
Defensively, freshman Delaney Clesen earned her second start as the libero. She posted a match-high 19 digs. As a team, Pitt recorded 71 passes and limited Duquesne (17-11) to 48 kills.
In the first set, Pitt boasted a .475 hitting percentage that was highlighted by 21 kills. Leggs tallied a game-high eight kills, while Wynn added another seven.
The Panthers led by as many as nine once, 19-10, following a kill from Wynn. Duquesne pulled within six twice, but a Leggs' kill finished the rally at 25-18.
In the second set, Duquesne led 12-10 before senior Lauren Hartman registered a kill. On the next volley, sophomore Brenea White added a kill to knot the frame. A few plays later, the Panthers went ahead two with consecutive kills from Hartman and Leggs.
Pitt held on to its two-point advantage after freshman Mechael Guess entered the match and put down a kill. Guess was one of eight Panthers to record a kill in the match this evening.
Duquesne would even the stanza at 22-22, but Hartman pounded a kill off a block to regain the lead. The two teams traded points through the next five serves. Tied at 25-25, the Panthers committed back-to-back attack errors to close the game and drop a 27-25 decision.
Zitzke collected 11 assists in the stanza, as Leggs and Hartman tallied four kills each. Leggs boasted 12 kills and was hitting at .611 after two games, while Clesen had 10 digs at that point.
In the third set, Pitt and Duquesne were tied at 17-17 when the Panthers earned a sideout. Wignot put down a kill to give the squad a cushion.
The Dukes cut the lead to one several times, but the Panthers would garner the win with three points on the final four possessions. Leggs and Wignot tallied set highs with five kills apiece. Zitzke tallied an assist on 16 of Pitt's 19 kills.
The Panthers trailed early in the fourth frame, but a kill from Wynn tied the contest at 13-13. Zitzke set junior Jasmine Dittrich for a kill a few plays later to put Pitt ahead, 18-15.
The Panthers stretched their lead to eight, 23-15, after Clesen served her 29th ace of the season. Duquesne rallied for two points, but Pitt sealed the victory with a kill from Leggs and an ace from junior Alexa Campbell. Leggs and Wignot contributed five kills each in the final game.
Tonight's match will be replayed on Pitt Panther Television (Comcast 188) on Sunday, Nov. 13.