Nov. 11, 2011
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh women’s volleyball team hosts South Florida at Fitzgerald Field House on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Pitt will honor seniors Lauren Hartman and Kiesha Leggs prior to first serve.
Hartman and Leggs will be playing their final match at Fitzgerald Field House. Hartman has been limited by injuries during her career, but has seen action in 30 matches during that span. She has tallied 84 kills and 29 blocks in her career.
Leggs has played in 52 matches, including 27 starts this season. As a team captain this year, Leggs leads the team in both kills and blocks. She is currently on pace to become just the fifth Panther in school history to surpass 400 kills and 100 blocks in a single season.
Pitt (17-12, 6-7 Big East) is coming off an impressive offensive performance in a four-set victory over City Game rival Duquesne on Wednesday. The Panthers boasted a season-best .324 attack percentage in the match, including .475 in the first set. Pitt earned 24 of its 25 points scored in that first frame.
Leggs and freshman Jessica Wynn recorded 22 and 19 kills, respectively. Additionally, sophomore Monica Wignot and freshman Lindsey Zitzke both posted double-doubles. Wignot tallied 15 kills and 13 digs, while Zitzke had 58 assists and 13 digs. Defensively, freshman Delaney Clesen started as the libero and led the Panthers with 19 digs.
USF (10-15, 6-6 Big East) currently sits in a four-way tie for sixth place in Big East play, a half-game ahead of Pitt. The Bulls have been outhit this season by opponents (.192 to .178) but rank second in the conference in blocks per set (2.69).
The Panthers are second in service aces per set (1.60) while USF ranks fourth (1.49). The Bulls are led by Valerie El Houssine, who ranks third in the league in kills per set (3.60). USF faces West Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Pitt holds a slight edge in the series history, 4-3, despite falling to the Bulls in five last season. The match will be streamed live at www.pittsburghpanthers.com.