PITTSBURGH — The Virginia volleyball team (8-5, 1-2 ACC) fell in three sets (19-25, 15-25, 15-25) to No. 2 Pitt (13-0, 3-0 ACC) at Fitzgerald Field House Wednesday evening. The Cavaliers were led by right side hitter Mary Shaffer, who posted six kills and two blocks and hit .235. With the win, Pitt remains one of three unbeaten teams in the nation.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the match, an advantage it never relinquished for the remainder of the set. Virginia trailed by as many as five (18-13) midway through the first, but four unanswered points by the Cavaliers cut the Pitt lead to just one (19-18) before the Panthers signaled for time. Coming out of the huddle, Pitt scored six of the last seven points to win game No. 1, 25-19.
- In the second, the Panthers orchestrated a 6-0 run and later an 8-0 run to lead by as many as 13 points (20-7). The Pitt defense held UVA to just five kills in game No. 2, while hitting .304.
- Coming out of the break, errors plagued the Cavaliers as four of Pitts’ first five points were a result of UVA mishaps. The Panthers led by as many as 10 (13-23) with the help of a 5-0 run late in the game. Back-to-back Panther kills ended the set, 25-15, and the match.
- Wednesday’s match against the fifth-ranked Panthers was just the eighth against a top-5 opponent in program history. With Wednesday’s result, UVA remains winless against top-5 teams all-time.
- The Cavaliers led their opponents in blocks (9) for the 11th time this season … UVA now has a record of 8-3 when out-blocking its opponents.
- Virginia was led by right side hitter Mary Shaffer, who posted six kills and two blocks and hit .235.
- Madison Morey chipped in two of Virginia’s four service aces on the evening.
- After missing the first 12 matches of the season due to injury, junior Jayna Francis made her season debut, coming off the bench in set No. 2.
- Having completed a three-match road swing to open conference action, Virginia returns to Mem Gym for its ACC home opener against Duke on Sunday (Oct. 3).
- First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m. and is set to broadcast on ACC Network.