Pitt is it.
The first of two matches spanning Saturday and Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena, No. 7 Pitt (4-0) took care of No. 9 Baylor (1-3) in a five-set thriller in Knoxville, Tennessee in a showcase of two top 10 teams.
The Panthers hit an impressive .444 in the first set as Kayla Lund recorded six kills to take an early 1-0 advantage in the match. The Panthers led the whole way in set one, winning 25-17.
After an early 11-9 lead, Baylor flipped the script in set two, holding Pitt to a negative hitting percentage critical in securing a 25-17 win, tying the match 1-1.
A back and forth third set bounced the Bears way in the final through points, capturing a 25-23 advantage and a 2-1 match lead.
Trailing 2-1, Pitt responded in a major way and controlled set four, garnering a nine-point lead (22-13). Baylor pushed at the end of the set, but the resilient Panthers marched on to a 25-19 win to force a deciding fifth set.
The Panthers were down 9-5 in the middle of the fifth, but after a Dan Fisher timeout stood strong against Baylor, finishing the set on a 10-2 run to defeat their toughest competition to date and improve to 4-0.
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Kayla Lund led all Pitt attackers with 21 kills followed by 15 from fellow 5th-year hitter Chinaza Ndee.
Pitt will take on host Tennessee Sunday at 1 p.m. before hosting the Panther Challenge next weekend inside the Fitzgerald Field House.