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Pitt Volleyball Heads to the Ball State Tournament

Dittrich is the team leader in kills and blocks

Dittrich is the team leader in kills and blocks

Sept. 12, 2012

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MUNCIE, Ind.  – The University of Pittsburgh Volleyball team (8-2) wraps up its regular-season tournament action this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15 at the Ball State Tournament. The Panthers will play the host Cardinals, Wyoming and Wright State while in Muncie, Ind.  

The Panthers look to build upon their seven match winning streak as they enter their first match on Friday night against Ball State at 7 p.m. Pitt is currently on its longest winning streak since the 2009 season when it won 11 straight contests. During this current streak, the Panthers also had a run of winning 14 consecutive sets as Pitt swept Coastal Carolina, Howard, Butler, and Cleveland State, and then won the first two sets against Sam Houston State in a 3-1 victory.

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL COLLEGIATE CLASSIC IN REVIEW:

Senior libero Margy Acton became the 10th player in program history to reach the 1,000 dig plateau after posting 29 digs against Same Houston State in the opening match of the Tulane Tournament. The 29 digs were also an Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic match record. Acton is fourth in the Big East with a 5.13 digs per set average.


 

 

Sophomore Setter Lindsey Zitzke was named the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic MVP as she recorded a double-double in all three matches.  Zitzke averaged 12.08 assists per set and also tallied 38 digs, 11 kills, eight blocks and six service aces. Acton and Alexa Campbell were named to the all-tournament team as well.

SCOUTING THE FIELD:

Ball State (4-6) –The Cardinals enter the Ball State Tournament with a 4-6 record after most recently suffering a 3-1 setback against Tulsa in the Northern Colorado Classic. Senior outside hitter Kara Bates posted 19 kills and junior libero Catie Frederich recorded a season-high of 30 digs during the Tulsa match. Pitt leads the series 5-4 and has won the last three contests.

Wyoming (9-2) – After winning its first nine matches to open the season, the Cowgirls have dropped their last two contests (vs.College of Charleston, at Kansas).  Jodi Purdy leads the offensive of charge with 109 kills, while Reese Plante and Erin Kirby spark the defense with 49 and 44 blocks, respectively. The Cowgirls average a stellar 2.8 blocks per set. Pitt looks to remain unbeaten against Wyoming as this will be the third meeting between the two universities.

Wright State (1-12) – The Raiders enter with a 1-12 record and have lost their last four matches. Wright State’s lone win on the season came in four set decision against Saint Peter’s. Heidi Splinter and Marisa Aiello carry the offensive load as both have over 100 kills on the season. 

Fans can watch a live web-stream and follow live stats all weekend by clicking here, and can also receive up-to-the-minute Twitter updates by following @PittVolleyball.

Tournament Schedule: Friday, Sept. 14:
Wright State vs. Wyoming – 4:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Ball State – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15:
Wright State at Ball State - 11:00 a.m.
Pittsburgh vs. Wyoming - 1:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Wright State – 4:30 p.m.
Wyoming at Ball State - 7:00 p.m.