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No. 6 Pitt Sweeps No. 4 Penn State for First Win over Lions Since 1987



No. 6 Pitt volleyball defeated No. 4 Penn State in straight sets on the road at Rec Hall in State College on Friday.

Pitt took the first set 25-17, second set 25-21 and third set, 25-23 to sweep the Nittany Lions and provide the Panthers’ first victory over their closest Power Five rival since 1987.

It was also Pitt’s first win on the road at Penn State since 1980 and first straight-sets victory against Penn State since 1977. It was also the highest-ranked team defeated in program history.

Kayla Lund (14 kills) and Chinaza Ndee (12 kills) led the way offensively for the Panthers. First-year setter Lexis Akeo had 33 assists. Stephanie Williams had a team-high 10 digs to go along with nine kills. Libero Hali Hillegas had eight digs and four assists.

Pitt is now 11-0 and has lost just five sets all season. The Lions are now 6-2.

The Panthers and Nittany Lions will meet again on Sunday at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center, where Pitt is hoping to set a new program attendance record. That match will be streamed on ACC Network Extra and starts at 1 p.m.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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