#8 Pittsburgh Rolls by North Dakota

  0 Jil Price Igara | October 09th, 2018 | ACC, College - Women's Indoor, News

#8 Pittsburgh def. North Dakota 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-10)

8th-ranked Pittsburgh continued its perfect season with a 3-0 victory over North Dakota in Pittsburgh, Pa., Tuesday night. The Panthers overcame the Fighting Hawks with a .364 attack percentage, while holding their opponent to a dismal .105 percentage.

The Panthers jumped ahead 6-2 in the opening set and withstood a short UND burst which brought the score within one, 6-5. Pitt used another 6-2 stretch to silence the Fighting Hawks and register the 25-15 win.

The 2nd set was more evenly matched, as it contained 7 ties before Pitt could pull away late. The Panthers earned 5 of the final 8 points to secure the 25-21 victory.

Pittsburgh carried the momentum into the 3rd set, going up 9-3 early. The Panthers led by as much as 17 en route to their dominant 25-10 win.

Nika Markovic (11 kills) and Layne Van Buskirk (8 kills) led the Panthers offensively, hitting .579 and .500, respectively. Kamalani Akeo distributed 22 assists, followed by Kylee Levers, who dished out 15 assists. Angela Seman posted 10 digs.

Lydia Rutten and Jordan Vail notched 8 kills apiece. Roosa Rautio tallied 25 assists, while Taliyah Flores recorded 7 digs.

Pittsburgh is 1 of 2 remaining undefeated programs at 18-0, its best start since the 1987 season (24-0). At home, the Panthers are 14-0.

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