PITTSBURGH - Four Panthers recorded double-digit kills and Margy Acton tallied a season-high 31 digs to lead the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (16-13, 6-8) to a massive four set victory against Seton Hall (18-9, 6-8) on Senior Night (25-13, 25-19, 25-27, 25-17) inside Fitzgerald Field House.
Jasmine Dittrich had a match-high seven blocks at the net as Pitt held a 13-7 overall advantage in that category. Lindsey Zitzke passed out 29 assists, while Jenna Jacobson was one behind her with 28, which is a new career-high for the freshman. Delaney Clesen and Zitzke joined Acton in double-digit digs with 14 and 13 respectively, while Zitzke had her 11th double-double of the season.
The Panthers also received help from around the league as the DePaul Blue Demons upset St. John's, meaning if Pitt defeats Villanova on Sunday, the Panthers will clinch a berth into the Big East Tournament.
Pitt raced out of the gate to a 9-2 lead in the opening set, sparked by Wignot who notched three kills and two blocks in the early going. Pitt breezed through the first set to a 25-13 victory, and got Wynn going who had a team-high five kills in the frame. The Panthers defense held Seton Hall to a .000 hitting clip in the set (7K - 7E - 37TA).
After a kill by Guess put the Panthers ahead 4-3 in the second set, Pitt held the lead for the duration of set two in route to a 25-19 victory. Pitt would stretch its lead to as much as seven after a kill by Dittrich, and eventually went up two sets to none on a kill by Wignot.
Back-to-back service aces from Zitzke gave Pitt its first lead of the third set, which Dittrich then concluded a 5-0 run with a block to force SHU into a timeout with the Panthers leading 10-8. Seton Hall however, would tie the set at 15 and 20, and then back-to-back kills by the Pirates gave SHU it's only set of the night, 27-25.
SHU scored the first two points of set four, but it was then all Pitt for the remainder of the match. The Panthers used a 10-2 run to gain a six point advantage (10-4), and then was up by as much as 10 at 16-6 after a SHU ball handling error. The script couldn't have been written any better as senior Alex Phillips recorded her only kill of the night to conclude the 25-17 fourth set victory and the 3-1 match triumph.
Pitt hit .231 for the match (68K - 23E - 195TA) and held the Pirates to a mere .098 clip (42K - 25E - 173TA). Pitt's 96 total digs was a season-high and 13 total blocks was the Panthers second best output of the season in that category.
As previously stated, Pitt travels to Villanova on Sunday for a Win-and-In contest with the Wildcats (11-18, 5-9). First serve at the Jake Nevin Field House is set for 2 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available, as will in-game tweets by following @PittVolleyball on Twitter.