Oct. 10, 2012
PITTSBURGH – After playing 12 of its last 14 matches on the road, the University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (11-9, 2-4) opens up a four match home-stand this weekend by hosting Georgetown (6-12, 0-5) and Villanova (9-10, 3-2) inside Fitzgerald Field House.
Friday’s match with the Hoyas is set for 5 p.m., while the match with Wildcats is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. Fans can access live stats for both matches by clicking here.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PANTHERS:
In all, 15 of Pittsburgh’s first 20 matches came on the road. The Panthers however, end the season with seven of their final 10 matches at home.
Monica Wignot moved from outside hitter to the middle last weekend and the results were very successful. Wignot led the team in kills in both matches, with 15 at Marquette and 12 at Syracuse. For her efforts, she was awarded a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season.
THE PUSH TOWARDS POSTSEASON:
These next two weekends loom large for Pittsburgh as they push to qualify for the Big East Tournament. With the top eight teams qualifying for the tournament hosted by Marquette in mid-November, Pittsburgh currently sits in ninth place with nine matches remaining. Pitt has already played three of the top five teams in the standings.
SCOUTING GEORGETOWN AND VILLANOVA:
The Hoyas started the season at 6-1, but have since dropped 11 consecutive matches and are at the bottom of the conference standings with a 0-5 league record. Alex Johnson leads the attack with 252 kills and also has recorded the second most digs with 239.
Despite enduring a stretch of nine losses in 10 matches, Villanova has rebounded to win four in a row, including its last three conference matches. The Wildcats sit in seventh place in the conference standings with a 3-2 record. Villanova has the lowest attacking percentage in the Big East at .156, but the Wildcats hold their opponents to a .167 hitting percentage which ranks fourth in conference.
Along with live stats, fans can receive in-game Twitter updates by following @PittVolleyball.