Fast starts aren't typically what Pitt's volleyball team have been about lately. Taking their first five matches over the past two years, the team has been a combined 6-4 despite some weaker competition at the beginning of the season. So far, however, this year has been different.
The Panthers swept their first five matches to start the season a perfect 5-0. Pitt hasn't done that since 2011 when the team also started 5-0.
The undefeated start also included an overall win at the Hampton Invitational in Bowling Green, as the Panthers knocked off Middle Tennessee State, Dayton, and Bowling Green. What's been more impressive is that the team was dominant over those first five matches, not dropping a single set, defeating all of their opponents three sets to none.
Pitt dropped their first match of the year on Saturday night, llosing to Colorado, three sets to one in the Omni Classic in Colorado. Still, the 5-1 start is one of the better ones in recent years and is hopefully the beginning of a strong season. The Panthers haven't won 20 games in a year since 2009-10.
Next up for Pitt are their first home games of the season as they will host Duquesne, Norfolk State, and Niagara in the Panther Classic at the Field house. Pitt starts with Duquesne on Friday night before taking on Norfolk State and Niagara on Saturday in a doubleheader.
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