Volleyball downs Franciscan 3-1 to reach Finals

Taylor McMillen

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 side.

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.