Bearcats Hit the Road to Pittsburgh, USF|
Sept. 27, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team will begin a three-match road swing when they travel to the University of Pittsburgh and the University of South Florida this weekend. The Bearcats will play the Panthers on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and will match up against the Bulls on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m.
UC enters the weekend with a 3-11 record and a 1-1 mark in BIG EAST play. The Bearcats fell to Notre Dame and topped DePaul in the opening weekend of conference play. Senior Rachel Rohlfs recorded a career-high 60 assists and senior Becca Refenes registered a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs in the match against Notre Dame. In the second match against DePaul, senior Jordanne Scott recorded her second double-double of the season with 24 kills and a career-high 16 digs. Junior Emily MacIntyre totaled 34 and 28 digs in the two matches, respectively, and was named to the BIG EAST honor roll for her efforts.
The Bearcats and the Panthers are tied in the series 8-8. The last match between the two schools was a 3-0 Bearcat victory at Fifth Third Arena on Oct. 22, 2011. Jordanne Scott posted 12 kills and a .409 attack percentage in the win. Overall, Cincinnati has won the past three meetings with Pittsburgh and has only dropped one set in the process.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS
Pittsburgh is 10-6 in 2011 and 1-1 in BIG EAST play. The Panthers are coming off of a five-set victory Over Rutgers on Sept. 23. Pittsburgh runs a very balanced offense and has seven players averaging at leasat 1.50 kills/set. Alexa Campbell leads the cause with 2.29 kills/set while Lindsey Zitzke is averaging 9.25 assists/set. Margy Acton leads the defensive effort with 5.27 digs/set andJasmine Dittrich paces the team with 0.96 blocks/set. The Panthers were picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST.
The Bearcats are 13-9 against the Bulls. The last meeting came on Oct. 30, 2011 when UC beat USF 3-1 at Fifth Third Arena. Jordanne Scott recorded 22 kills, five digs and three blocks in the match. The Bearcats are 9-0 against the Bulls since joining the BIG EAST in the 2005 season and have only lost five games during that span.
ABOUT THE BULLS
USF is 9-6 this season and 1-1 in conference action. USF has recorded over a hundred more kills (776-664), assists (731-620) and digs (963-856) than its opponents. Valerie El Houssine leads the Bulls with 2.91 kills/set and Wylie Devlin leads with 6.40 assists/set. Defensively, Claudia Cabrera leads with 4.71 digs/set and Caitlyn Breen leads with 1.19 blocks/set. the Bulls were picked to finish ninth in the BIG EAST.