Volleyball season won't officially be here until the fall, but the Panthers are already working hard to improve upon last year. Like most programs, the team participated in some spring exhibitions. There, the Panthers were mostly dominant.
Pitt went unbeaten playing 12 teams in three events. The team website doesn't have a recap, but the volleyball Twitter account did a great job posting results.
The matches are basically exhibitions and instead of a best of five situation. In the first event, teams simply played two sets and moved on. Thus, it was easy to end up with some ties. Many of the schools were smaller ones but Pitt also faced some larger ones, including West Virginia, Purdue, and Indiana.
The team started off by defeating Ohio in the Indy College Invitational, winning both sets. They split with Indiana and Ball State before sweeping Purdue. After that event, the team was 2-0-2.
The following weekend at the Youngstown State Invitational, Pitt defeated Duquesne, Wheeling Jesuit, West Virginia, and Akron to move to 6-0-2.
The third event was a Pitt-hosted tournament at the Field House this past weekend. Unfortunately, it was the same date as the spring football game. But there, Pitt again had an easy time of things, sweeping Cleveland State, West Virginia (again), Youngstown State, and Miami of Ohio in straight sets. Add it all up and the Panthers finished 10-0-2 in the three spring tournaments.
The Panthers had a good season last year, finishing 25-9. That was capped by not only reaching the NCAA Tournament, but moving on to the second round before falling to heavily-favored Penn State. This year's team will be without the recently departed Jenna Potts, but returns practically everyone else.