Nov. 25, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Freshman Jessica Wynn recorded her second double-double in as many matches, however, it wasn’t enough as the University of Pittsburgh women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to TCU (25-23, 20-25, 25-12 and 25-18) in the Aztec Turkey Time Tournament held at Aztec Court this evening.
Wynn tallied 12 kills and 11 digs in the contest. She posted the 16th double-double of the season for the Panthers.
Leading Pitt (18-14) in kills was senior Kiesha Leggs with 13. Leggs also put down a match-high seven blocks and boasts 134 total on the year.
Posting a career-high in her first start of the season, freshman Cassandra Congemi collected 17 digs, while junior Alexa Campbell chipped in 10 and freshman Mechael Guess added eight.
The Panthers outblocked TCU (24-7) nine to seven and hold a +80.5 advantage in rejections on the year. Pitt also served five aces in the contest, improving to 192 on the season. That marks the most by the program in the last 10 seasons.
In the first set, the Panthers recorded three aces and outblocked TCU 2-1. Play began with both team tied through the first 22 serves. Later, Pitt trailed by three when freshman Lindsey Zitzke pulled the Panthers within one after she dumped a pass from Wynn and served an ace.
Zitzke finished the match with 31 assists and three aces. She improved to fourth overall on the single-season list for aces, surpassing Jenelle Lantagne (1990). She is now three aces shy of tying Diana Andreyko (2005) for third on the list.
Later, the game was knotted at 16-16. However, a Pitt attack error gave TCU the edge. The Horned Frogs earned a kill on the next volley to lead by two. The Panthers cut it to one six times, including a kill from Wynn at 24-23, but TCU ended the stanza with another kill to take a 1-0 advantage in the contest. Leggs recorded five kills and two solo blocks in the opener.
In the second set the score was tied at 15, when Pitt went ahead by two with an error from the Horned Frogs and a kill from sophomore Brenea White.
Later, the Panthers extended their lead to three with a block from Campbell and Leggs. TCU took a timeout to regroup, but Guess tacked on another point with a kill thanks to a set from Zitzke.
Pitt won two of the next three serves and finished the frame on a 5-3 run following the break. The Panthers recorded 12 kills and four blocks to TCU’s 11 kills and three blocks in that set. After two games, Leggs had match-highs with eight kills and five blocks.
In the third frame, the Horned Frogs jumped ahead 16-5 and forced Pitt to huddle. After the break, The Panthers scored on four of the next seven serves. However, TCU ended the rally on a 9-7 run. The Horned Frogs served five aces and limited Pitt to -.161 hitting.
In the final game, the Panthers trailed 8-3 at the first break. Pitt pulled within four, 17-13, with consecutive kills from Wynn and White.
Later, Wynn put down back-to-back kills for the Panthers, who trailed 21-16. TCU responded with three straight points en route to a 4-2 run to secure the victory.
Congemi tallied a set-high with nine digs, while Wynn posted five kills and Zitzke recorded 10 assists.
The Panthers conclude action in the Aztec Turkey Time Tournament against host San Diego State at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25.