University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Volleyball advances with 3-1 defeat at Medaille
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The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team defeated Medaille in three straight sets to steal a 3-1 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships. 

Pitt-Bradford (10-19) fell behind early in the match, dropping the first set 25-18.

The Panthers and the Mavericks battled throughout the second set in order to decide a winner. Each team saw its fair share of kills and points on the board. In the end, the Panthers found a way to defeat Medaille, 28-26, and even the match at one game apiece. 

Heading into the third set, Pitt-Bradford caught momentum and ripped off several points in a row to establish an early lead.

However, some inconsistent play by the Panthers allowed Medaille back in the match. Once again, it was Pitt-Bradford that rallied for the game’s final points. The Blue and Gold defeated Medaille, 25-20, and took a 2-1 lead heading into what would become the final set. 

The fourth set was all Pitt-Bradford from the first serve. The Panthers cruised to an early lead and maintained it throughout the final set.

The Mavericks made an attempt to get back in the game, but it was too late. The Panthers drove home the set’s final points and defeated Medaille, 25-19, to take the 3-1 victory. 

Brittni Cumberland paved the way for the Panthers with nine kills, 22 assists and 14 digs. Taylor McMillen registered 12 kills and two digs. Kimberly Daughtery tallied 10 kills and 11 digs, while Kelsey Repke had two assists and 13 digs.

Medaille (13-18) finished with a team total of 48 kills, 46 assists and 51 digs. The Mavericks were led by Jenna Cleversley who finished with 12 kills, two assists and 12 digs. 

“As we have said all week, playoffs are a whole new season,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “It was a great all-around match for us. Our defense was as great as it has been all year. Our blocking in the third game got their hitters frustrated and we built a lot of momentum. That’s a tough place to play and we did a great job of staying focused.”

After defeating Medaille, the Panthers will travel to Penn State Behrend on Saturday, Nov. 9, for a semi-final matchup with Franciscan beginning at 5:30 p.m.