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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Eight days after Virginia (4-6) last stepped on the court, the Cavaliers return to action Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. against No. 9 Pittsburgh (11-0) in the first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the season.
The ninth-ranked Panthers represent the highest-ranked opponent the Cavaliers have faced since 2011 when Virginia took on No. 1 California. Wednesday night marks the 11th time the Cavaliers have faced a top-10 opponent and the 73rd contest against a ranked foe. Virginia has never faced a ranked Pittsburgh squad.
Wednesday night’s match will air on ACC Network Extra, which is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Virginia and Pitt meet for the 16th time on Wednesday night, with the Panthers holding a 12-3 advantage in the series.
• The Cavaliers’ last victory over Pitt came on Oct. 2, 2015, in 3-1 fashion at home.
• The Panthers have won each of the past five meetings, including a pair of 3-0 decisions in 2017.
• Virginia’s matchup with No. 9 Pitt marks its first action in eight days after Hurricane Florence forced the cancellation of the VCU Invitational.
• The match also marks the beginning of ACC action for the Cavaliers.
• The Panthers are the second ranked foe for Virginia this season after the Cavaliers fell, 3-1, to No. 21 Iowa State on opening weekend. 
• Sarah Billiard (Matthews, N.C.) is third in the ACC and 50th in the country with 4.05 kills per set.
• Chino Anukwuem (East Hanover, N.J.) sits ninth in the league and 86th nationally with a .356 hitting percentage.
• Setter Megan Wilson (Brookeville, Md.) sits fifth in the ACC with 9.66 assists per set.
• Pittsburgh is off to its best start (11-0) since 1983.
• The Panthers are led by outside hitter Kayla Lund, who sits second in the ACC with 4.18 kills per set.
• Middle blocker Layne Van Buskirk ranks second in the ACC and 18th nationally with a .416 hitting percentage.
• The Panthers lead the league and the country in team hitting percentage at .317.
• Pittsburgh is one of six remaining unbeatens in 2018.
The Cavaliers will continue the ACC-opening road trip on Sunday (Sept. 23) with a 1 p.m. match at Virginia Tech.