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Panthers Poach Gators 3-1 to Advance to Elite Eight

MADISON, Wis. — The No. 2 Pittsburgh Panthers defeated the No. 3 Florida Gators in four sets in Madison, Wis. to advance to the Elite Eight for the third consecutive year.

Right side hitter Courtney Buzzerio paced the Panthers with 19 kills, 8 digs and 5 blocks, while 11 service errors helped bog down the Gators.

The match opened with five ties on the way to an 11-11 score as both teams tested the waters. Pitt took command of the set from there with a 7-3 run. Florida closed the gap to 21-19, prompting a timeout by Panthers’ head coach Dan Fisher. Florida took the next point, but a pair of Gators errors bookended kills by middle blocker Serena Gray and outside hitter Cam Ennis as Pitt closed out the first set 25-21 with a 4-0 run.

Read the full recap from our partners at Sports Now Group Pittsburgh here.

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