Sep 2, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Pitt faces Dabrowa, a Polish professional women's volleyball team, in an exhibition contest Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House.
IN THE BEGINNING:
The Panthers went 2-2 in their season-opening tournament, the Mizzou Tiger Classic. Wins came against Arkansas State (3-0) and South Dakota (3-1). Delaney Clesen, who led Pitt with 57 digs on the weekend, was named to the All-Tournament Team. Jessica Wynn kept leading the team in kills, a distinction she held at the end of the 2012 season. The junior finished the weekend with 47 kills and a .308 attack percentage. Only Jenna Potts hit better at a .474 (10-1-19) clip.
LOOKING AT DABROWA:
Dabrowa competes in Pool D of the Women's Champions League in Poland, and finished third out of four teams in their division in 2012. The contest serves as a different competitive perspective for the Panthers, as well as an opportunity for geographical diversity in their schedule for the 2013 season.
Pitt will be one of just a handful of stops in the United States for Dabrowa. Most recently the Polish team took on Penn State. The Nittany Lions won that match in three sets (28-26, 25-21, 25-20). Dabrowa also plays Kent State on Monday before heading to Fitzgerald Field House.
Although Tuesday's match is technically an exhibition, it is still the team's home opener. The Panthers have won each of the last two, and 16 of the last 18, home openers.
DOUBLING IT UP:
Lindsey Zitzke and Jessica Wynn became the first Panthers to register double-doubles this season. Zitzke totaled 18 assists and 14 digs in Pitt's win over Arkansas State in the season opener. Wynn later contributed 16 kills and 10 digs in the victory over South Dakota.
Pitt was running on all cylinders in each of its two wins last weekend. Against both Arkansas State and South Dakota, the Panthers tallied more than 30 digs, 10 total team blocks and 45 kills and hit better than .200. None of that was the case in their two losses to Missouri and Idaho State.
Maria Genitsaridi was a late addition to the Panthers roster, but the freshman outside hitter wasted little time making her mark. Genitsaridi led Pitt in serving at the Mizzou Tiger Classic, finishing the weekend with seven of the team's 21 aces. She was also third on the team in kills (23).
With just two seasons in the book, junior Lindsey Zitzke is already among the best in program history in assists and service aces. The setter ranks seventh all-time at Pitt with 2,216 assists and is tied for 10th in aces with 99.
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