Nov. 15, 2013
Syracuse, N.Y. - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (14-14, 6-9 ACC) downed Syracuse (13-14, 8-7 ACC) 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-13) this evening at the SU Women's Building.
"We had a nice serving game in the first set, then got down early in the second and really turned it around to take that. We got on them early in the third and were able to pull it out so it was a nice win," said Pitt head coach Dan Fisher.
Jessica Wynn and Monica Wignot led the Panthers' offensive attack with 11 kills each, while Jenna Jacobson added four aces and 21 assists.
The two teams played back-and-forth volleyball for most of the first set with neither team gaining more than a three point cushion until late. With Pitt Leading 19-17, Fisher took timeout to gather the troops and the results showed as the Panthers took six of the next nine points to clinch the opening frame. During the run, Wignot and Wynn each tallied a pair of kills while Maria Genitsaridi provided solid serving.
Syracuse jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead in the second set but Pitt refused to back down and slowly chipped away at the Orange lead until it evened the set at 18-18. From there, the teams exchanged points until the Panthers were able to put away the set at 25-23 on a kill from Wignot.
Leading 2-0 coming out of the breaks Pitt kept its foot on the gas and raced out to an early 10-2 lead in the third behind stellar serving from Genitsaridi, Delaney Clesen
and Lidnsey Zitzke and several unforced errors by the Cuse. The Orange would get no closer than six points the rest of the way as the Panthers cruised to a 25-13.
Pitt will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 17, when they travel to Boston College (9-18, 1-14 ACC) to face the Eagles in a 2 p.m. matchup at Power Gym.