After handing UNC its first loss of the year Friday night, the No. 4 Pitt Panthers volleyball team (12-0, 2-0 ACC) continued their winning ways in the Tar Heel State on Sunday.
Battling N.C. State (7-6, 1-1), Pitt continued to improve its play as the match played on, defeating the Wolfpack 3-0 by a larger margin of victory each set.
The Panthers and Wolfpack struggled offensively in the first set, as Pitt only hit .207 compared to N.C. State’s .185 mark, in a sloppy set narrowly taken by the counties fourth-best program 25-23.
The teams began to ramp up the action in a mostly close second set, as Pitt pulled away very late to claim a 25-20 victory. Veteran leader Chinaza Ndee helped lead the charge for the Panthers to take a 2-0 match lead.
A more breathable set for Pitt resulted in a 25-18 third set, gaining more control of the match than previously held earlier in the afternoon.
Leketor Member-Meneh also shined bright for the Blue and Gold, recording her 1,000th career kill with her ninth and final successful attack of the match in set three.
Ndee finished the day with a team-high 12 kills as well, as Serena Gray also continues to perform well on her new team since transferring from Penn State, leading all players in aces (2) and blocks (7).
The Panthers return home to the Fitzgerald Field House on Wednesday at 8 p.m. hosting Virginia (8-4, 1-1). The team’s first home conference match will also be available on ACC Network.