Live Stats | Match Notes - Hampton Inn Invitational
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt volleyball team kicks off the 2014 season at the Hampton Inn Invitational, hosted by the Bowling Green State University Falcons. The two-day tournament, which will be held at the Stroh Center, will begin Friday, Aug. 29 and run through Aug. 30. Other tournament participants include the Dayton Flyers and Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
Pitt opens the tournament with Middle Tennessee State at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29. Last season, the Blue Raiders posted a 17-13 mark with an 8-6 record in their first year in Conference USA. This year, they showcase nine returning players, in addition to eight freshmen. Junior Chelsea Ross led the Blue Raiders in kills (391), kills-per-set (3.43) and service aces (35) in 2013. This will mark the first time all-time matchup between Pitt and Middle Tennessee State.
On Saturday, the Panthers will square off against Dayton at 10 a.m. The Flyers concluded its 2013 season with a 16-13 overall mark after finishing 8-6 in Atlantic 10 play. Returning junior outside hitter Alaina Turner finished eighth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in service aces per set (0.28) for Dayton. Pitt is 1-4 all-time against Dayton, falling short during their previous meeting in 2010.
In their final match of the Hampton Inn Invitational, the Panthers will take on host Bowling Green at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening. The Falcons finished the 2013 season 14-16 on the year. Jelena Sunjic, MAC All-Freshman Team honoree, returns to bolster Bowling Green's lineup. In Coach Tomic's two years leading the BGSU Volleyball team, the Falcons have won a MAC Tournament Championship in 2012 and made a run to the NCAA Tournament second round. Pitt boasts a perfect 7-0 record all-time over Bowling Green.