Nov. 22, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (16-14, 8-9 ACC) won a thrilling, 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13), match against Maryland (13-16, 5-12 ACC) this evening at Fitzgerald Field House.
"It wasn't our best performance so I wasn't super pleased with how we played but I was very pleased with how we finished," said head coach Dan Fisher. "It's nice to pull out a five set match so that was really a positive."
For the match, the Panthers were led by Kate Yeazel who had 21 kills while hitting .436 on the evening. Jessica Wynn and Monica Wignot also added double-digit kills with 19 and 11 respectively, while Jenna Jacobson (26 assists, 14 digs) and Lindsey Zitzke (23 assists, 11 digs) each recorded double-doubles in the win.
Pitt was able to jump out to a quick start and win in the first set. After the set was tied at 10-10, the Panthers went on a run and scored 15 of the next 20 points to secure a 25-15 victory. The run was spearheaded by Wignot who tallied three kills and a pair of aces.
After the Terps took the second and third sets, Pitt refused to back down and earned a 25-20 victory in the fourth to even the match. Wynn, Wignot and Yeazel shined for the Panthers in the set combining for 15 kills including the set clincher from Wignot off a beautiful feed from Jacobson.
The deciding fifth set was a back-and-forth affair. Maryland jumped ahead 5-2 early but Pitt roared back after a timeout and took an 8-7 lead into the changeover. From there, the two squads exchanged the next 10 points before Pitt was able to take a two-point edge, at 14-12, on a kill from Yeazel. The Terps scored the next point to get the score to 14-13 but Yeazel wouldn't be denied and crushed a perfect set from Zitzke into the back line for the match clinching point.
Pitt will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 24, when they host NC State (20-8/11-5 ACC) at 2 p.m. The match, which will serve as senior day, will air live on ESPN3 and Pitt Panthers TV.