Nov. 24, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (17-14, 9-9 ACC) swept North Carolina State (20-9, 11-6 ACC), 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-20), this afternoon at Fitzgerald Field House on senior day.
"It was a nice way for our seniors to close out their home careers," said head coach Dan Fisher. "We were pretty steady. We played steady volleyball and didn't make a lot of errors and that's what it takes to win."
For the match, Pitt was led by Kate Yeazel who finished with 11 kills while hitting .500. Monica Wignot also had 11 kills while Jessica Wynn added 10 of her own. On the defensive side, Delaney Clesen registered 18 digs and Jenna Potts tallied six blocks.
The Panthers jumped on the Wolfpack early in the match taking a quick 7-3 lead in the first forcing NC State into an early timeout. Pitt continued its aggressive approach in the set and the Wolfpack were unable to get within two points as the Panthers closed out the set, 25-21, on a kill from Jenna Potts. In the set, Pitt was led by Wynn and Yeazel who each had four kills and Clesen who registered eight digs.
In the second set, the Panthers again got off to a quick start jumping ahead by four points at 9-5 and forcing yet another early timeout call from the NC State bench. Pitt kept its foot on the gas and extended its cushion to 17-11 on a Clesen ace before the Wolfpack called time again. From there, the Panthers continued their solid play as they closed out the set, 25-16, on a kill from Wignot set up by a perfect set from Jenna Jacobson.
Pitt and North Carolina State played back-and-forth volleyball to begin the third set as neither team was able to gain much of an advantage until late in the match. With the score tied at 19-19, Maria Genitsaridi scored the next two points with a pair of monster spikes to give the Panthers the two point cushion. After the Wolfpack cut the lead to one on the next point, Pitt responded by scoring the next four points to clinch the match. Wynn started the rally with a kill from Jacobson. Potts followed that up with a kill of her own off a nice set piece. An NC State attack error set up match point and with the game on the line Genitsaridi delivered a match-clinching ace to get the Panther fans on their feet.
Prior to the match, Pitt's senior class of Wignot and Maria Nicholas were honored in a ceremony
Pitt will return to action on Friday, Nov. 29, when they face the Virginia Cavaliers in a road contest.