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No. 8 Pitt volleyball sweeps Boston College

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Pitt’s No. 8 volleyball team cruised along for a straight sets victory over Boston College on Sunday. The 3-0 win moves the Panthers to 17-0 on the season.

I actually got down to the Field House today for the first time this year. Just a great time and always glad to get back to campus when I can. Seeing the matches in person, even from the same vantage point as I generally have watching the matches from home on WatchESPN, is a lot of fun. The crowd was a little lighter than what it had been - especially on Friday when there were nearly 1,100 folks there for the kickoff to homecoming weekend. But it was still a great time.

The retro jerseys, as you’d expect, looked great. Nothing to add there, really, other than that I hope that switch happens sooner than later. And, for the record, I expect it will.

Pitt didn’t really have much trouble against Boston College (12-6). The Eagles hung around in all three sets and was competitive. The sets went in favor of Pitt 25-22, 25-22, and 25-21, so they were all pretty close. Watching from the stands, though, you just didn’t get the sense they were going to lose any of them. Pitt was playing ahead the entire match. I don’t have the play-by-play on the point totals, but the second set probably felt the closest. Pitt didn’t get the lead until late there and that was relatively close.

Kayla Lund (14) and Nika Markovic (10) both got into double digits with kills and played good matches. Kayla went on a nice run in the third set, helping secure that one. It was also nice to see Pitt work in freshman Sabrina Starks in the third set. As I’ve mentioned before, she’s the only freshman getting time this season and, as I’ve said before, to get into the rotation in such a deep team that’s one of the best ones in the country shows you how good she is.

Pitt continues to pile up wins and should get another bump up in the polls this week. How high they get will be interesting. They should jump No. 7 Illinois, who had another loss this week. But they actually fell to No. 6 Wisconsin, so it wasn’t a weak loss. However, Wisconsin themselves lost to a good, but unranked Iowa team.

How that sorts itself out is anyone’s guess. Both teams have multiple losses, though, and I’d probably move Pitt ahead of them. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen. We’ll find out Monday.

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