Aug. 31, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team fell in its opening match of the Panther Invitational to host institution, University of Pittsburgh. Freshman Gabriella Horvath led the Chants with team-highs in kills, 11, and digs, 8. She hit .529 for the match while the rest of the team had a -.029 attack percentage.
The Chanticleers fall to 0-4 on the season while the Panthers improved to 2-2.
Pittsburgh took the first set, 25-20, the second, 25-11, and the third, 25-23.
Horvath had 11 of CCU’s 24 kills while the next highest Chant had just three kills. Sophomores Jenna Orner and Lian Bernett were second in digs to Horvath with five each while Bernett led the team in blocks with four. Junior Lauren Alejo picked up 18 assists from her setter position.
The Chants struggled in the opening two sets picking up just six kills in the first and five in the second. Despite their struggles the Chants led 8-4 early in the opening set as six errors by the Panthers and kills from Horvath and junior Kindra Bailey gave CCU their eight points. The Panthers did not stay down long as they mounted an 11-5 run to take a 15-9 lead midway through the set. CCU was able to cut the lead to just two on an attack error by the Panthers late in the set but with Pitt closed out the set with three-straight points to take a 25-20 opening set victory.
CCU struggled to find its rhythm in the second set as the Panthers jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Three Pitt errors and a kill by Horvath cut the Pitt lead to just five which forced Pitt head coach Toby Rens to call his first timeout of the set. The Panthers responded with a 15-6 run to close out the set 25-11.
The third set was back-and-forth the entire way with neither team holding more than a two-point lead. The Chants ended with 13 kills in the set compared to Pitt’s 11 kills but it was not enough as the Chants had nine errors while Pitt had just five. Horvath had her best set of the match with six kills and 1 error on nine total attacks good for a .556 attack percentage.
The Chants led late in the set 22-20 but back-to-back kills tied the game at 22 which forced CCU head coach Jozsef Forman to call his first timeout of the set. A block by Pitt coming out of the timeout gave the Panthers a one-point lead but Alejo answered with a kill off an assist from Horvath to tie the game at 23. A service error and a block ended the match giving Pittsburgh a 25-23 victory.
Pittsburgh was led by Jasmine Dittrich who had nine kills while two other Panthers had seven kills each.
The Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow as they battle Butler and Howard in the final day of the Panther Invitational.