PITTSBURGH –The No. 7 University of Pittsburgh volleyball team (19-3, 10-1 ACC) swept Virginia Tech (12-10, 2-9 ACC) Friday night at the Fitzgerald Field House, recording the highest team hitting percentage in the Dan Fisher era with a .619 clip. Five Panthers recorded at least a .600 hitting percentage in the sweep.
The Panthers started off the beginning of the first set hot, as Valeria Vazquez Gomez went on a serving run to push the Panthers to a 4-0 start. Senior Cat Flood was inserted into the match shortly after and immediately recorded an ace to push the score to 7-1. Freshman Torrey Stafford brought the heat from the service line and propelled Chiamaka Nwokolo and Babcock to register some kills of their own. The Panthers took the momentum into the media timeout, 15-8. A 10-3 run behind impressive offensive play from Pittsburgh, hitting .700 secured the first set victory, 25-13.
Pitt started strong, continuing the momentum from the first set. The Panthers got out to a 7-2 run after two Vazquez Gomez aces. Stafford, Nwokolo, Vazquez Gomez and Blaire Bayless all recorded kills in the following stretch and pushed the Hokies to take their second timeout, down 7-16. Virginia Tech sided out well in the end of the set but couldn’t string together points for runs, helping Pitt take the second set, 25-14. Stafford added four kills, three digs and an ace.
Clicking on all cylinders, the Panthers did not stop putting pressure on the Hokies. They got off to an 11-3 lead, causing Virginia Tech to…