The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team surged in the third set of
Saturday night’s semi-final match to defeat Franciscan 3-2 and move on to the
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship.
The Panthers will face Penn State Behrend in the Finals on Sunday,
Nov. 10, in Erie, Pa.
Pitt-Bradford (11-19) opened the match with a 25-21 loss to
the Barons in the first set. The Panthers responded quickly in the second set,
scoring the game’s first seven points.
The Blue and Gold hustled their way to a 25-19 victory,
despite a strong comeback by Franciscan late in the set.
The third set belonged to Franciscan. The Barons scored
early and often to run away with the game. The Panthers fell 25-11.
In the fourth set, each team battled point-for-point and the
match stayed tight for its entirety. The
Panthers ripped off the set’s final points and stole the decision 25-17 to
force a game five.
As the team’s headed to the fifth and final set, the crowd
on-hand came alive. The noise continued for the whole set as each squad found
ways to keep the match tight.
With the game tied at 13, Pitt-Bradford capitalized on a few
opportunities and ended the match on a kill by Taylor McMillen down the left
McMillen led the Panthers with 14 kills and nine digs.
Btittni Cumberland had six kills, 21 assists and 19 digs. Kelsey Repke tallied
22 digs, and Kimberly Daughtery registered 10 kills and 13 digs.
The Panthers will be playing in their third AMCC
Championship in the last four years.