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Pitt Volleyball’s Season Comes to an End in Final Four, 3-1 Against Nebraska

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Nebraska Cornhuskers (26-7) defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers (30-4) early Friday morning in their Final Four matchup at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The Panthers fell to 0-14 all-time against the Huskers and saw their magical postseason run, the deepest in program history, come to a screeching halt after four sloppy sets.

No one stood out offensively for either team. Junior outside hitter Madi Kubik paced Nebraska with 13 kills, but hit just .222; Senior outside hitter Leketor Member-Meneh led the Panthers with 13 kills off a paltry .150 hitting percentage.

Both teams struggled to find their rhythm in the first set. Pitt committed eight errors; the Huskers committed six. Despite the sloppy play, the Panthers managed to take the first set easily, 25-16. 

The disjointed play continued in the second set, this time with Nebraska controlling play. After a narrow 8-7 lead, the Huskers began to pull away, going on an 8-2 run. The Panthers committed another 12 errors in the set and were unable to overcome the mistakes, dropping the second set 25-17.

The third set was a tightly contested comedy of errors that saw 22 committed, along with 14 ties. Neither team led by more than two going into an 18-18 tie, but Nebraska reeled off four straight on the way to a 25-20 victory, pushing the Panthers to the brink of elimination.

The Panthers began the fourth set ice cold, going down 3-0 and then 9-5, the Huskers stifling each attempt at a rally. The Panthers clawed their way back into the game, tying the set at 20, but a 5-1 Nebraska run ended the game and their season.

The Cornhuskers will face the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Volleyball title game at 7:15p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Michael
Michael
9 months ago

An incredible season for the ladies. I am not a volleyball expert, but besides for the missed serves, I thought our play was good. Member-Meneh will have left an imprint of the volleyball on that one Nebraska player’s face so deep that even future generations of Nebraska volleyball will feel it. Serena Gray was a revelation. Rachel Fairbanks has been impressive for a freshman. Ashley Browske saved a ton of points. Lexis Akeo did a good job of setting up the offense. Chiamaka Nwokolo seemed to be everywhere. I am not saying we played our best game. I am not… Read more »

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
9 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Agree. The author comes off as a volleyball novice & his comedy of errors crack is just ridiculous.

Chris
Chris
9 months ago

Just absolutely love and adore this team and staff. Such great ambassadors of our university, city, and surrounding community.

Thank you for all the great memories and I look forward to so many more.

Terrence
Terrence
9 months ago

Great year ladies and I echo what others have said one thing I’m going to say I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that this game started at almost 11 and ended at 1 in the morning no wonder they were sloppy and I’m saying that for both teams

Dukes

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