Pitt Earns Second Sweep of the Day with Win Against Bowling Green in Panther Challenge
Pitt got their second sweep of the night, taking down Bowling Green Friday night at the Fitzgerald Field House in the Panther Challenge.
The Panthers (7-1) get their fifth sweep of the season with their win over the Falcons (3-5). They also won swept first game Friday afternoon, against the American Eagles to kickstart the Panther Challenge. This makes it the seventh straight victory for the Panthers, after starting their season with a loss at now No. 12 San Diego.
Pitt easily took control of the first set early, starting out with a 10-4 lead. They continued to dominate throughout the first set, taking a 20-9 lead and then holding on to take the set, 25-17.
The Panthers and the Falcons battled early to tie the game at five points each, keeping things close. Soon enough, the Panthers took control, going on a 9-3 run to take a 14-8 lead. The Panthers held the Falcons back the rest of the way, taking the set 25-16.
Both teams battled it out in the third set, with both teams tying the score at 15 late on. Pitt broke out to a three point lead soon after, but Bowling Green managed to keep it close at 22-19 until Pitt scored the last three points to take the set, 25-19 and the match as well.
Redshirt junior outside hitter Valeria Vasquez Gomez led the Panthers in kills against the Falcons with 10, making it her fourth game with 10 or more kills.
Graduate outside hitter Cam Ennis led Pitt with 20 assists, her second 20 or more assists effort of the season. Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Emmy Klika led with 12 digs in her first start of the season
Graduate middle blocker Serena Grey finished in first for the Panthers with a .667 hitting percentage and a .667 kill percentage. This makes it the second time in three matches she achieved this feat.
Graduate middle blocker Serena Starks made six blocks, her highest of the season, including four in the final set to lead Pitt to the victory.
Pitt takes on undefeated Towson Saturday night in the final game of the Panther Challenge, looking to keep their winning streak alive.