The Pitt volleyball team is on some kind of winning streak, having taken their past ten matches. But the Panthers aren’t just beating their opponents - they’re beating them badly.
In the Panthers’ streak, they’ve not even been taken to a fifth set a single time. Each of the team’s victories have either been shutouts or relatively comfortable 3-1 wins. Half have been flat out shutouts and the Panthers most recently pulled that trick in back-to-back games against ACC foes Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Beyond the streak, Pitt has also had a few more comfortable wins. Earlier in the year, the Panthers swept both Dayton and Saint Louis. The Dayton victory was impressive as they were a team that was ranked last year and a team that they defeated in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Pitt has, of course, been challenged a little. On Sunday, the team beat Miami 3-1, but were nearly taken to a fifth set and also needed overtime in the fourth set before winning 26-24. But even in that match, the Panthers looked dominant in the first two sets, easily winning those by a combined 50-35 score. The color commentator during that match seemed to think that Pitt took their foot off the gas in the third and fourth sets and I tend to agree based on how easily they handled the Hurricanes early.
It’s great to see Pitt winning these matches and their NCAA Tournament resume gets better by the day. But in beating some of these teams in a comfortable fashion, they’ve been even more impressive.