The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team suffered a 3-1
heartbreaking loss to Penn State Behrend in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate
Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers fell 23-25, 25-10, 17-25 and 17-25.
The Panthers were playing in their third conference finals
in the last four years. The road to the championship match saw Pitt-Bradford
knock off third seed Medaille and second seed Franciscan in dramatic fashion.
Pitt-Bradford (11-20) got off to a slow start in the first
set, allowing the Lions to build a commanding lead. However, the Panthers found
a way to rally the troops and bring the score to 21-20. Unable to take the
lead, the Panthers fell 25-23.
After Behrend opened the second set with the first point,
Pitt-Bradford went on a 10-point run to swing the odds in its favor. The
Panthers were able to get the Lions on the ropes early and hold on for a 25-10
Entering the third set, each team found a way to put points
on the board. The Panthers made some unsuccessful plays become successful with
pure effort and heart.
Behrend was able to land some strong kills and timely blocks
to build a 20-12 lead. The Panthers would not go quietly and rallied to make it
After several points and a few calls went in favor of
Pitt-Bradford, the Panthers were trailing just 23-17 with a chance. However, the
Lions responded with an attack of their own and held on for a 25-17 win.
Pitt-Bradford opened the fourth set with a 5-1 lead but
could not capitalize on a few Behrend mistakes and ended up trailing late in
the game. The Lions forced a few shots that landed in their favor that sealed
the victory 25-17.
Taylor McMillen finished with 13 kills, four assists and four
digs. Kimberly Daughtery tallied 10 kills, one assist and 10 digs. Brittany
Cumberland registered six kills, 21 assists and 11 digs.
With the defeat, the Panthers close out the 2013 slate. The
Panthers do not lose a single player to eligibility and look to bring back a
strong squad for the 2014 campaign.