No. 7 Pitt wins program record 15th consecutive road game

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – No. 7 Pitt (24-2, 14-0) tied a program record with his 15e direct victory on the road Sunday afternoon, eliminating Boston College (26-24, 25-11, 18-25, 25-15). The Panthers tied the record for the longest road winning streak, set during the 2018-19 seasons, and still hold the longest active road winning streak in Division I.

The Panthers have now won 17 straight games. It is the third-longest winning streak in the Fisher era and the longest since the 2019 season.

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  • It’s the 17the consecutive victory for Pitt, the third longest winning streak in the Dan Fisher era and the longest since 2019.
  • Pitt started the ACC 14-0, the second-best ACC start in program history and the best since the 2019 season undefeated (18-0).
  • The attack was incredibly balanced with Courtney Buzzerio (13), Julianna Dalton (12) and Valeria Vazquez Gomez (12) all claiming double-digit casualties.
  • Vazquez Gomez made all 12 kills on .417 hitting – his second game with .400+ hitting in his last four appearances.
  • Vazquez Gomez finishes the weekend with 20 kills on .381 hits – the highest percentage on the team.
  • Rachel Fairbanks posted it 12e double-double of the season with 27 assists and 10 recoveries.
  • It was the 14e double-double of his career and his second of the weekend. She has achieved several double-doubles in three weekends this season.
  • Buzzerio also had two aces today, tied with Dalton for the most on the team. This is Buzzerio’s fourth straight game with an ace, his longest streak of the season.
  • Julianna Dalton recorded 12 kills on .320 hitting – marking her second consecutive game of .300+ hitting, something she has accomplished only one other time this season (9/2 vs. Cincinnati and Utah State) .
  • Dalton set a new career high with five blocks. She joined Serena Gray (4) and Chiamaka Nwokolo (4) with at least one block/set today.
  • Nwokolo hit .417 today (7 kills on 12 swings with two errors) scoring his 7e game with at least .300 hits and 10-plus attempts this season.
  • Ashley Browske led the team with 13 digs. it’s her 16e Over 10 digging performances of the season.
  • Pitt is now 36-1 against Boston College, the most lopsided series in program history.
  • The Panthers have now won 18 straight in the series, the longest active winning streak against an opponent in program history.
  • Pitt’s 14-game winning streak in the ACC is the longest active conference winning streak of any team in the Power 5 conferences.
  • The Panthers are the only Power 5 program to be undefeated in conference play.
  • Pitt ends the 2022 regular season with a perfect 9-0 record at home.

SET 1: PITT 26 – BOSTON COLLEGE 24

The first set consisted of long runs from both teams. Pitt raced ahead with a 6-0 streak to take a 9-2 lead, only for BC to win seven of the next eight points and eventually tie the score, 13-13. Pitt went on another 6-0 run to take a 21-16 lead, but BC were up to the task again, winning eight of the next 10 to earn the first set point of the day. , 23-24. A BC service error tied the score again, 24-24, before Vazquez Gomez put away the set, ending a phenomenal opening set for her as the Panthers took the opener by the smallest of the margins. Vazquez Gomez was the workhorse of the opening set, making 5 kills from 11 hits with four digs and a block as the Panthers escaped with a one-set advantage.

SERIES 2: PITT 25 – BOSTON COLLEGE 11

Once again Pitt started the set on a run and took a 9-2 lead. This time, the good fortune never stopped, as the Panthers bombarded BC all set for a dominating 14-point win. Pitt outscored the Eagles .433 to .000, posting 15 kills against BC’s eight in a one-sided set. Buzzerio led the offense with 5 kills over 10 swings while Browske topped the back row with five digs.

SET 3: PITT 18 – BOSTON COLLEGE 25

Boston College’s block came alive in the third as they posted eight blocks and four service aces to steal the third. Vazquez Gomez had three kills on .600 hitting BC’s block was too much to overcome and Pitt dropped his first set in four games.

SERIES 4: PITT 25 – BOSTON COLLEGE 15

The Panthers left little for doubt in the fourth, leading a 7-1 run to go ahead, 14-7, and never allowing the Eagles to get less than five points, heading for victory. Nwokolo was a big part of the fourth, serving for a significant part of Pitt’s long scoring streak and contributing a pair of assists on some off-system balls. Pitt was bombarding the ball all over the place, making 15 kills from 29 shots with just one unforced attack error. Vazquez Gomez, Dalton, Buzzerio and Fairbanks each managed at least three wins as the Panthers flexed their muscles on Boston College.

NEXT

The Panthers return to Fitzgerald Field House this week for a Friday home game against Syracuse. The game will start at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACCNX. Pitt will honor his senior class of six members: Serena Gray, Sabrina Stark, Courtney Buzzerio, Cam Ennis, Chiamaka Nwokolo and Ashley Browske.

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Ryan H. Bowman