Panthers sweep Spartans 3-0 on Dig Pink Night

Taylor McMillen

The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team swept D’Youville 3-0 on Tuesday night at the KOA Arena. The Panthers hosted their annual Dig Pink Night in honor of breast cancer awareness.

Pitt-Bradford (8-12, 3-1) set the tone early and raced to a 16-3 lead to begin the first set. The Panthers worked their way to a 19-7 lead before D’Youville caught momentum and came roaring back.

D’Youville (8-12, 1-2) rallied to score six points before heavily cutting into the Panthers lead. They added eight points in a row and cut the deficit to just five points. The Spartans could not maintain the momentum though, and Pitt-Bradford closed out game one by a final score of 25-18.

Game two began with the Spartans taking the early lead this time. D’Youville tallied six points early in the set to put the Panthers in a hole. Pitt-Bradford fought back and eventually tied the game at 11 points apiece.

The Panthers eventually took the lead 15-12 and had to fight for every point they earned the rest of the match.

Though the Spartans tested the Panthers toughness point after point, it was Pitt-Bradford who came out on top in game two, 25-22. The set ended on a D’Youville error at the net.

Game three never saw a significant lead take place by either team. The two teams remained tied for much of the set.

The game was tied at 20 apiece before the Panthers found a way to escape with the win, 25-21. Game three saw the two teams tie a total of nine times.

Taylor McMillen led the way for the Panthers with 14 kills, six digs and one block. Kim Daugherty finished with 11 kills, six digs and two aces. Libero Kelse Repke tallied 15 digs on the night.

“I loved the energy that we came out with tonight,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “We did some good things. To get a 3-0 win for us tonight was big. Every win in conference is big. I was pleased with Kaitlin and Brittany on making a presence tonight in the middle. Kim, Brittni and Taylor provided us with our offensive spark.  It was a good team effort and we just have to keep working.”

The Panthers host Keuka on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the KOA Arena.