Number one Louisville beats 3rd ranked Pitt

Cardinals finish the regular season unbeaten
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Playing without two-time All-American Kayla Lund due to injury, Pitt just made too many mistakes as top ranked Louisville stays unbeaten winning 3 sets to 1 (25-19, 25-19.
17-25, 25-21) Wednesday night.

“We did not pass the ball really well tonight,” said Pitt head coach Dan Fisher.  “The first set we had a lead and shanked two balls in a row and served two balls out and started giving some easy points.  We were right there.  We were really close to forcing a fifth set.
I liked our fight, not enough tonight.”

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“I think we came in with the weight this game deserved,” said senior Chinaza Ndee.  “I think it showed in the first two sets we were a little shaky, a little tentative.  We were excited to play.  We just let the nerves get the best of us.”

Each of the first two sets went back and forth with the Cardinals taking control late in both for identical 25-19 wins.

Panthers went on a 6-0 run late in the third set and dominated from that point on to take it 25-17.  Panthers used a 9-0 run early in the fourth set to go up 10-4, but Louisville would go on a run of its own and win a tightly contested fourth set 25-21.

“These are the kind of teams we are going to have to beat if we are going to make a run in the tournament,“ Ndee said.”

“We are a team that wants to be and believes we are still getting better,” Fisher said.  “That’s the kind of team we want to be going into the tournament.”

Fisher would not comment on the injury to Lund, although Ndee said they are excited to have her back for the next step, the NCAA Tournament.

Selection Sunday comes in a few days and the Panthers are expected to host at least the first two rounds.

Sellout Support

Well before the match Wednesday, the Fitzgerald Field House was sold out.  Something senior Pitt players said they couldn’t have imagined when they first started on campus.

“It’s just so cool that so many people are supporting us,” Ndee said.  “That the City of Pittsburgh is buying in.  It feels like the city has your back, it’s not just us having our own backs.”