April 25, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team concluded a very successful spring season this past weekend at the University of Maryland Spring Tournament, and will now turn its focus to the fall of 2013 as the Panthers play their inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
"We improved a lot this spring," head coach Dan Fisher said. "We had the opportunity to play a lot of really good teams, and we beat them, so the program is definitely moving forward. We have a good team. We will add a couple recruits for the fall, but the good news is that we don't have to start totally over. They will have a good idea of our expectations and we look to hit the ground running when we get back."
The Panthers opened the spring campaign by hosting Kent State on April 5th, and Pitt won all four of the exhibition sets that were played.
Pitt then participates in the Penn State Spring Tournament along with the Nittany Lions, Navy, Syracuse and Juniata. The Panthers won six of the eight sets they played while in Happy Valley.
Last week in College Park, Md., the Panthers competed against future ACC foes Virginia Tech and Maryland, along with playing American University. Pitt defeated all three teams en route to winning seven of their nine sets played.
In all, the Panthers played 21 sets in the spring and won 17 of them. Monica Wignot, a 2012 Second Team All-Big East performer, led the offense with 67 kills on 157 attempts.
Jessica Wynn, Pitt's returning leader in kills, chipped in with 58 spikes in the spring (58K - 13E - 152A), and Casey Durham notched 45. Delaney Clesen compiled 92 total digs, while Jessica Boddy led the team in blocks with 26.