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Tuesday Night in the BIG EAST
Pittsburgh (15-13, 5-8 BIG EAST) and USF (15-12, 6-7 BIG EAST) competed in nonconference action last night as both teams swept their opponent. The Panthers hosted Robert Morris and won by the scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-12. Senior Alexa Campbell led the team with a .682 hitting percentage on 15 kills, zero errors and 22 attempts. Junior Monica Wignot hit .450 with 10 kills and one error on 20 attempts while senior Margy Action posted a match-high 16 digs.
USF hosted Florida A&M and won 3-0 by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-22. The Bulls offense was led by freshman Erin Fairs and junior Kayla Walton. Fairs hit .429 with a match-high 14 kills and Walton registered a .350 hitting percentage with 10 kills. Two USF players notched double-doubles. Freshman Natalia Soares led the team with 22 assists and added 10 digs while classmate Wylie Devin dished out 21 assists and 11 digs.
Final Week Before the BIG EAST Championship
With just three days of competition remaining in regular season conference play, three spots are still open for a berth to the BIG EAST Championship. No. 11 Louisville (12-1 BIG EAST), Marquette (12-1 BIG EAST), Notre Dame (12-1 BIG EAST), Cincinnati (9-4 BIG EAST) and Connecticut (8-5 BIG EAST) have all clinched, leaving Seton Hall, St. John’s and USF tied at 6-7 and Pittsburgh and Villanova right outside the top-eight at 5-8.
It is a crucial week for several teams, which begins today when St. John’s heads to Rutgers (4-9 BIG EAST). These two teams last met on Oct. 28 when the Scarlet Knights claimed a 3-2 victory on the road.