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Pitt volleyball advances to NCAA Elite Eight

Chairs with the University of Pittsburgh's name on them.
Keith Srakocic
Pitt's women's volleyball team secured a spot in the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth consecutive season with a 3-0 victory against Washington State.

The University of Pittsburgh's women's volleyball team secured their spot in the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth consecutive season by sweeping Washington State 3-0.

The top-seeded Panthers, led by head coach Dan Fisher, demonstrated their dominance on Thursday with standout plays from Olivia Babcock's 15 kills, Torrey Stafford's 10 contributions, and Rachel Fairbanks' 31-point assists, all in front of an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd.

With a season record of 28 wins and only 4 losses, Fisher, who has guided the team to five ACC championships in a seven-year span, expressed confidence in this year's squad. The Panthers went on to win a crucial matchup, 3-2, against rival No. 2 seed team, Louisville, on their home court on Saturday afternoon.

The stakes are high for Pitt, as they aim to avenge last year's 3-2 loss to Louisville in the Final Four. The winner will advance to the National Semifinals in Tampa next week.

Updated: December 10, 2023 at 10:52 AM EST
This story has been updated to include information about Pitt's win over Louisville on Saturday.