Sep 4, 2013
PITTSBURGH --Pitt volleyball will continue its early-season tournament tour Sept. 6-7 at the UConn Classic in Storrs, Conn. The Panthers will take on Albany for the first time in series history at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by Northeastern (10 a.m.) and UConn (7:30 p.m.) on Saturday as they look for their first set of back-to-back wins this fall.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
In its latest outing, Pitt took on Dabrowa, a professional Polish club, in an exhibition match on Tuesday. The Panthers fell 3-1 at Fitzgerald Field House but got several strong individual performances. Junior Jessica Wynn continued to lead the team in kills, tallying 12 on the night, freshman Maria Genitsaridi notched her first career double-double (11 kills-10 digs) and sophomore Jessica Boddy tallied seven total blocks.
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 finished the opening round of play with 47 kills and a .308 attack percentage. Only Jenna Potts hit better at a .474 (10-1-19) clip.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
Pitt is undefeated in two matches with Northeastern and has had more varied results against UConn. The Panthers lost in their last meeting with the Huskies, but they have not dropped back-to-back matches against UConn since 2001-02.
Pitt and UConn last met on Oct. 21, 2012 and the Huskies came away with a 3-1 victory (25-21, 25-27, 26-24, 25-21). Jessica Wynn posted a Pitt-best 13 kills, while Lindsey Zitzke finished with her ninth double-double of the season at 33 assists and 13 digs. As a team, the Panthers hit .171 compared to the Huskies' .199. Kate Yeazel tied her career high with six blocks.
Pitt's best play of the night against Daborwa on Tuesday came down the stretch. After combining to hit at a .063 clip (18-14-64) in the first two frames, the Panthers bounced back for .375 (32-8-64) in the third and fourth sets.
BODDY LEADING THE CHARGE:
Jessica Boddy played a big part in helping Pitt with its resurgence against Dabrowa. Of the sophomore's eight kills on the night, six came in the third set and the other two came in the fourth. Boddy also finished with seven blocks, three of which she recorded in the third. Eight of Kate Yeazel's 10 kills also came in the third and fourth sets.
THE FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLES:
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 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). She later registered her first career double-double (11 kills-10 digs) in the exhibition match vs. Dabrowa.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: (Subject to change)
Friday, Sept. 6
|5 p.m.||Pitt vs. Albany|
|7:30 p.m.||UConn vs. Northeastern|
Saturday, Sept. 7
|10 a.m.||Pitt vs. Northeastern|
|12:30 p.m.||UConn vs. Albany|
|5 p.m.||Albany vs. Northeastern|
|7:30 p.m.||Pitt at UConn|