TALLAHASSEE, FL –The No. 6 University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (20-4, 11-2 ACC) lost to Florida State (16-9, 11-2 ACC) in Tully Gymnasium on Friday night in Tallahassee in five sets. Despite being down two sets and tying it up, the Panthers were unable to capture the fifth set victory.
Pitt and Florida State competed from the first point of the match, as the Seminoles got up 8-6 early in the first set and eventually forced a Pitt timeout, with the Panthers down 13-9. Pitt would come within two, but a 3-0 run for the Seminoles caused the Panthers to take their second timeout, down 14-19. A kill from Emma Monks and Olivia Babcock and a Valeria Vazquez Gomez ace forced Florida State to take a timeout, only trailing 20-17. A 5-1 run from the Seminoles allowed them to take the first set win, 25-18.
Like set one, Florida State got out to an early 8-6 lead. Both teams continued going back and forth until the Seminoles went into the media timeout, up 15-12. A pair of Florida State points caused Pitt to take its first timeout of the second set. Rachel Fairbanks caused the Seminoles to be out of system from the service line and pushed the Panthers within four, down 17-21 as Florida State called a timeout. Vazquez Gomez went on a mini run behind the line and gave Pitt some momentum, and Florida State called its final timeout, up 23-21. A pair of Panther hitting errors was enough for the Seminoles to secure set two, 25-21.
The Seminoles continued its momentum in the third, but a service run from Chiamaka…