State (7-5; 1-0) in their conference opener won their match against Virginia (7-4; 0-1) three sets to one. State won the first set 27-25; lost the second set 25-14; won the third set 25-21 and won the fourth set 25-20.
In set one, State jumped out to an early 8-2 lead only to see Virginia slowly battle back to tie at 25-25. Amanda Rice ended the set with a kill that gave State the 27-25 win.
State never was really in set two although State did tie set two at 7-7. Once Virginia again regained the lead at 8-7, they slowly opened it up pulling away for the 25-14 win.
In set three, State started fast pushing out to a 5-0 lead. Virginia did manage to pull to within 2 at 19-17 and 23-21; however, a kill by Melissa Evans and a block by Jada Allen and Jade Parchment gave State the set at 25-21.
Set four was a back and forth contest with State finally taking the lead for good at 15-14. While the match remained close, State never gave up the lead and ended the match with a game four 25-20 score on a kill by Jade Parchment.
State welcomed back Kristen McDaniel who injured her ankle in the win over Rutgers. Kristen led State with 42 assists. Jade Parchment led State with 18 kills. Jada Allen led State with 6 blocks. Amanda Rice had 5 blocks. (side note: loved the play of six-one Jada Allen and six-one Amanda Rice)
State hosts number 4 Pitt on Sunday at 1 p.m.
State lost to Pitt three sets to none. Not unexpected with Pitt being ranked as the 4th best D-1 collegiate team in the nation. State did have competitive sets with Pitt in sets one and two losing 25-23 and 25-20. Set 3 was not nearly as competitive as after State pulled to within 2 at 14-12, Pitt just pulled away for the 25-18 win.
Jade Parchment led both teams with 13 kills while Kristen McDaniel led both teams with 27 assists. Missing from serious kill action was Melissa Evans with only 5. After racking up 25 kills in the win over Rutgers, she has gone somewhat missing in the kill action.
Next up for State is a trip to Florida to play FSU and Miami.