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No. 4 Pitt Volleyball Drops Five-Set Thriller at No. 2 Louisville

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In a battle between two Top 5 teams, the No. 4 Pitt Panthers fought till the end but fell short against No. 2 Louisville.

The match lived up to the hype as one of 2021’s best to date with back-and-forth action in the Panthers’ (18-2, 8-2) first ever matchup against a fellow Top 5 team.

The loss at Louisville (20-0, 10-0) is Pitt’s first road loss and moves to 4-2 against Top 25 opponents. 

Pitt took the first set 25-19 in what ended up being the largest differential to end a set, jumping out with momentum up 1-0 thanks in large part to a .714 hitting percentage.

Louisville propelled themselves to an early 13-3 lead in the second set, putting the Panthers in a hole they couldn’t dig out of. Pitt cut into the lead with a few mini runs, but failed to muster enough points, falling 25-20.

With the match 1-1, Louisville once again came out hot and struck early in the wildest set of the afternoon. Eight ties incapacilated a tough offensive set for both squads as Louisville put an exclamation point on a 27-25 victory.

Pitt responded in the fourth set to keep the match alive thanks to a late push to seal a 25-22 win and finish on a 5-1 run, tying the match once again and forcing a deciding fifth set.

Set number five was another thrilling and nail-biting finish, but after a 13-13 tie, Louisville defended home court and its unbeaten record to earn the next two points and a 15-13 win to take the match 3-2.

Transfers Leketor Member-Meneh and Serena Gray played well once again despite the loss, with Member-Meneh recording a double-double (18 kills and 12 digs) and Gray a Panther-best seven blocks.

Chinaza Ndee totaled 16 kills and Kayla Lund 14 on the road.

The Panthers return home facing Wake Forest on Friday at the Fitzgerald Field House.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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