volleyball-women-d1 flag

Wayne Staats | NCAA.com | September 11, 2019

College volleyball: No. 6 Pitt beats No. 10 Oregon in first top-10 home matchup

BYU and Indiana top this week's volleyball top plays

The sweep streak is over. The home streak is not.

Hosting a top-10 matchup for the first time, No. 6 Pitt got by No. 10 Oregon, 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22) Wednesday night. The Panthers have now won 27 in a row at Fitzgerald Field House. They haven't lost at home since Oct. 22, 2017 to NC State.

Nika Markovic and Kayla Lund combined for 28 kills for Pitt (7-0), with Markovic needing only 34 swings to get her 14 kills. Oregon had 13 kills and 10 digs from senior Willow Johnson before she left the game with an injury. Ducks coach Matt Ulmer carried her off the court.

Going into the match, Pitt and Oregon (2-1) were two of only three remaining teams to not lose a set (Penn State is the other). While 2-0 Oregon had swept its way to six set wins, the Panthers ran off 18 in a row in starting 6-0. On Wednesday, Pitt took the first set to end the Ducks' run. Oregon then halted Pitt's 19-0 set stretch with a win in set No. 2.

AVCA POLL: Breaking down the latest Top 25 rankings

There wasn't much separation between the two all match in any set — there were 18 ties in the opening set alone. But the Panthers were at their most efficient in hitting in the fourth set to secure the win. That helped offset Ronika Stone's 13 kills as Pitt picked up its highest-ranked win since upsetting No. 8 North Carolina on Oct. 30, 2016.

Pitt now heads to Malibu, California, where the Panthers play Cal Poly on Friday, No. 16 Utah on Saturday and Pepperdine also on Saturday. Pitt then plays No. 4 Penn State next week in a home-and-home set (Sept. 20 and 22).

Oregon will remain in Pennsylvania for its next two matches. The Ducks face No. 8 Minnesota on Friday and No. 4 Penn State on Saturday. Both matches are at University Park, Pennsylvania.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE: Follow results here throughout the season 

Saturday's college basketball upsets (and near-upsets) showed again why pandemonium is this season's norm

It’s no news that college basketball is one big wad of fickle fate this season. On Jan. 18, six top-25 teams were hammered by double digits against unranked opponents, which had never happened on the same day in the 71-year history of the AP poll.
READ MORE

Sabrina Ionescu tracker: Where we left off with the Oregon star, what to expect in 2019-20

All season long, we’ll be cataloging Ionescu’s best moments on this Sabrina Tracker. We’ll keep you updated with the Oregon star's stats, her highlights, her records and her viral moments.
READ MORE

Sabrina Ionescu scores career-high as Oregon defeats Stanford, 87-55

Sabrina Ionescu scored a career-high 37 points to help the Oregon Ducks beat the Stanford Cardinal 87-55 on Thursday, Jan. 16.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners