Oct. 17, 2012
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PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (12-10, 3-5) continues its home stand with its Dig Pink match against St. John’s (17-6, 4-3) on Friday night and then hosts Connecticut (12-10, 3-4) on Sunday, both at Fitzgerald Field House.
Friday night’s contest with the Red Storm will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television. The Panthers will wear pink accessories to support the fight against breast cancer, and there will be multiple opportunities to make donations throughout the night. Friday is also ‘Field House Frenzy,’ and students who come to the match have the opportunity to win great prizes such as an iPad and Pitt gear.
A CLOSER LOOK INTO THE WEEKEND MATCHES:
As is every weekend, these two matches are crucial for determining who will be in the top eight and have a right to play for the Big East Conference Championship in Mid-November. Teams 5-10 are separated by just 1 ½ matches, which includes Pitt’s two opponents this weekend.
The Panther’s are currently in 10th place with a league record of 3-5. St. John’s is sitting in fifth place with a 4-3 record. Connecticut enters the weekend one spot ahead of Pitt in ninth place and a 3-4 conference mark.
MOVING UP THE RANKS:
With seven more digs, libero Margy Acton will move into the top five in career digs at Pittsburgh. She currently has 1,260 digs and would pass Marcia Thiesen who notched 1,266 from 1997-00.
Sophomore setter Lindsey Zitzke is also moving her way up the career ranks as she is 11 assists shy of moving ahead of Sara Mitchell for eighth all-time (1,883). She also needs just 13 more service aces to crack the top 10.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Despite being picked to finish 12th out of 14 teams, St. John’s enters the weekend with the second most wins of any team in conference. The Red Storm has bounced back from a 10-21 season in 2011, led by a quartet of players who have over 200 kills. Aleksandra Wachowicz paces the offense with 257 kills, and ranks 10th in conference with a 3.17 kills per set average.
Connecticut has lost four of its last five matches, but all four losses came to teams that are in the top five of the standings. Mattison Quayle and Devon Maugle tally the majority of the kills for UConn with 238 and 230, respectively. The next closes player has 112 spikes.
Friday night’s contest with the Red Storm is set for 7 p.m., while Sunday afternoon’s match against the Huskies begins at 1 p.m. Fans can access live stats for both contests and can watch a live broadcast of the St. John’s match on Pitt Panthers Television.