Volleyball falls 3-1 at Hilbert

The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team fell 3-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 30, when it traveled to Hilbert for a mid-week matchup with the Hawks.

Pitt-Bradford (8-18, 3-5) battled with Hilbert during the first set to establish a lead. The two squads took turns swapping points and extended the game beyond regulation. The Panthers eventually worked their way to a 30-28 victory and an early 1-0 lead in the match. 

In the second set, the Hawks set the tone early and never allowed the Panthers a chance to bring the game close. Hilbert took the second set 25-16 and evened the match at one game each.

The third set brought much of the same action as the first. Each team had little trouble scoring points and it appeared the team with the last serve would take the win. As it worked out, the Panthers and the Hawks fought to a 26-24 score in favor of Hilbert, who took a 2-1 advantage in the match. 

Hilbert (13-18, 6-2) was determined to make it three sets in a row and take the win when the two teams entered the fourth set. Pitt-Bradford needed a win to force a game five but that task would prove too difficult for the Panthers.

After keeping the set close until the end, the Panthers allowed the final points to swing in favor of the Hawks. Hilbert stole the win 25-20 in the fourth set and earned the victory over Pitt-Bradford. 

Taylor McMillen led the Panthers with 17 kills, three assists and five digs. Kelsey Repke registered 20 digs during the contest, and Brittni Cumberland finished with five kills, 27 assists and 14 digs.

The Panthers have locked in the number six seed for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Pitt-Bradford can expect to travel to Franciscan, Hilbert, Penn State Altoona or Medaille based on this weekend’s results.