Nov. 29, 2013
Charlottesville, Va. - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (18-14, 10-9 ACC) used a career night from junior Jessica Wynn to defeat Virginia (17-14, 10-9 ACC), 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-8), this evening at Memorial Gymnasium.
Wynn led the Panthers offense with a career-best 23 kills on an impressive .432 hitting percentage. Monica Wignot and Maria Genitsaridi also reached double digits in kills with 15 and 10 respectively while hitting over .300. On the defensive end, Delaney Clesen paced the squad with 20 digs and Jenna Potts had three blocks.
Pitt jumped out to a quick 10-5 lead in the first set before the Cavaliers rallied back and tied the match at 15-15 forcing the Panthers into a timeout. From there, the teams went back-and-forth until the set was tied at 21-21 and Wignot took over by smashing three consecutive kills to set up set point. Virginia was able to get within a point at 24-23 but a service error gave Pitt the first set victory.
The Cavaliers rebounded and took the second set by a narrow 25-23 margin and the teams went into the lockerroom tied at one set apiece.
Coming out of the break, both squads exchanged blows early before Pitt took over going on a 14-5 run to turn an 8-6 deficit into a 20-13 lead. During the run, the Panthers were able to take advantage of a trio of aces and multiple kills from Wignot, Wynn and Potts. Pitt was then able to close out the set 25-21 on a kill from Mechael Guess.
In the fourth set the Panthers jumped out to an early 8-1 lead and never looked back as Wynn ended the set and match with a huge kill to close out a 25-8 set win. Pitt dominated the decisive set outhitting the Cavaliers by a .516 to .056 margin to clinch the set and the match.
The Panthers will wrap up their 2013 season on Saturday, Nov. 30, against Virginia Tech (22-11, 10-9 ACC).
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