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Pitt Volleyball Beats Miami, Clinches Outright ACC Title

Pitt Volleyball Beats Miami, Clinches Outright ACC Title

Already guaranteed at least a share of the ACC title, Pitt volleyball clinched an outright championship on Sunday by beating Miami, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

The Hurricanes (13-11, 9-8 ACC) jumped ahead of the Panthers (27-1, 17-1 ACC) with a 25-22 first-set victory, forcing No. 10 Pitt to play the road match from behind the rest of the way.

Pitt battled back with a 25-17 second set and took the lead with a 25-22 third set, but Miami wouldn’t go down easily, taking a 26-24 fourth set and taking things to the wire in the final set before Pitt prevailed, 15-13.

Nika Markovic led the way with 19 kills. Stephanie Williams had 16 and Kayla Lund and Layne Van Buskirk each had 11. Lund also had 12 digs for a double-double. Van Buskirk led the Panthers with nine blocks. Setter Kamalani Akeo had 34 assists and eight digs.

Pitt has one regular season match remaining. They’ll host Georgia Tech at Petersen Events Center on Wednesday. It will be the first time the volleyball team will play at the Pete instead of Fitzgerald Field House.

The Panthers have set and re-set their single-match attendance record this season, and the 12,000-seat Pete provides and opportunity to smash the latest record crowd of 3,179.

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