Volleyball splits afternoon with Altoona and Lycoming

Taylor McMillen had 40 kills on Saturday

The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday at the KOA, as it hosted a tri-meet with Penn State Altoona and Lycoming. The Panthers defeated conference-foe Altoona 3-2, before dropping its second match with Lycoming 3-2.

Pitt-Bradford (9-19, 4-5) started slow and was actually down 11 at one point before working their way back into the set.

The Panthers eventually won 25-20 on a Kimberly Daughtery kill and a Brittany Watts block.

In the second set, the Panthers gave up six straight points, and the Lions found a way to even the score at one game each with a 25-18 win.

The third set was all Pitt-Bradford. The Panthers opened a huge lead over the Lions and went on to win the third set 25-13. Taylor McMillen had five kills.

The Lions brought an attack of their own in the fourth set that saw Altoona defeat Pitt-Bradford 27-25.

The match was decided in a nail-biter of a fifth set. The Panthers and the Lions exchanged blows before Pitt-Bradford pulled out the victory 16-14 and won the match 3-2.

Brittni Cumberland registered a triple-double with 11 kills, three service aces, 18 digs and 24 assists. McMillen had 20 kills, one ace, two blocks and six digs.

In the second match, Pitt-Bradford opened with a 25-20 win in the first set. The Warriors responded with back-to-back wins of 26-16 and 25-20.

Down 2-1 and facing defeat, Pitt-Bradford came back in the fourth set with a 25-17 win and forced a fifth set to decide a winner.

In the fifth set, it was all Lycoming. Pitt-Bradford fell 15-7 despite having a strong performance.  

Kelsey Repke tallied 22 digs and one kill. McMillen had 20 kills, two digs, one ace and two blocks. Daughtery registered 10 kills, 13 digs and four aces.

“It was yet again another epic battle today,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “We finally sustained a high level of play for an entire match. Brittni, Taylor and Kim provided great offense for us. Jenessa gave us a great lift on defense. After losing six straight and needing a win, I was so proud of this team and their effort.”

With the win, the Panthers claim the number six spot in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships beginning this week. Pitt-Bradford travels to Medaille on Wednesday, Nov. 6, for a 7 p.m. first-round match.