PITTSBURGH -- Pitt-Johnstown outlasted Point Park University in five sets of a non-conference volleyball matchup Tuesday night at the Student Center Gym in Downtown Pittsburgh. Point Park (5-5) trailed the match, 2-0, but battled back to force a fifth set before Pitt-Johnstown (4-1) pulled out the win.
Pitt-Johnstown won the match, 27-25, 25-14, 18-25, 23-25, 15-8. It was a tough battle between teams that were predicted in the preseason to be near the top of their respective conferences in the NAIA and NCAA Division II.
The first set was a big turning point early on. Point Park had a couple of five-point leads and then later had two set points at 24-23 and 25-24 but could not put it away. UPJ got the momentum by turning that one around, and the second set was all UPJ with a lead as big as 17-7 enroute to the 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set went the other way with Point Park in control. The Pioneers then won a very close fourth set to extend the match to a fifth set. UPJ built a lead of 8-5 in the final stanza and took it home from there.
Ashley Taylor continued to increase her career high for kills with 25 on the night. It was her third match of the year with 20-plus kills. There were three Pioneers in double digits for kills with Meg Reineke in with 12 and Erica Gumz with 10. Savannah Dishman (7) and Jazlyn Rozier (5) combined for 12 from the middle hitter position.
Point Park will be in action again this weekend at the Shawnee State (Ohio) Fall Classic. It is the third weekend road trip to a tournament in a row for the Pioneers, who will play four matches there.