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Bulldogs Take Down LCC for 10th Straight

PCC volleyball players celebrate a score in a recent victory over Louisburg College.

The Pitt Community College volleyball team extended its winning streak to 10 games Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Region X Conference-rival Lenoir Community College in Kinston.

Megan Mansfield led the Bulldogs’ attack with 10 kills as PCC rolled past the Lancers, 25-15, in the first set before taking set two, 25-11, and set three for the win by a 25-20 count.

Brandi Tanner tallied eight kills for Pitt and Leah Mackley finished with 14 assists as the Bulldogs improved to 13-3 overall and 8-0 in conference play.

PCC’s last defeat came Sept. 4 to Brevard Community College in the Pioneer Classic hosted by Spartanburg Methodist College.

After the College of Southern Maryland Tournament scheduled for Sept. 9-10 was canceled due to flooding in the La Plata, Md., area, the Bulldogs topped Louisburg College, 3-0, in their home opener Sept. 13.

Pitt followed the Louisburg win with a 3-1 victory over Brunswick Community College and a 3-0 win over Spartanburg Methodist in a Sept. 16 doubleheader.

After losing the first set to Brunswick, 25-13, the Bulldogs rallied to win the next three, 25-11, 26-24 and 25-15 to take the match. Sophomores Angele Landry and Mackley led the offense with 21 and 17 assists, respectively.

Taylor Norris tallied 12 kills and four blocks for Pitt in the victory over Brunswick. Mansfield finished with 11 kills and two aces, and Catherine Barber recorded nine kills and three aces against the Dolphins. Stephanie Zampini paced the Pitt defense with 20 digs.

In the Spartanburg win, Mansfield finished with 13 kills and seven aces while Norris finished with 13 kills. Barber and Tanner tallied seven kills apiece to help take down the visiting Pioneers, and Zampini led the way in digs with 14.

Following the doubleheader sweep, PCC made it four straight with conference wins over Surry Community College and Rockingham Community College on Sept. 17.

Mackley had 15 assists as the Bulldogs toppled the Bears in the day’s first match, 25-23, 25-15 and 25-19. Zampini came through with 15 digs, and Barber had 10 kills and two aces. Mansfield finished with eight kills and seven aces.

Pitt picked up its fifth straight victory by dismantling Rockingham, 25-6, 25-4 and 25-8, behind 13 kills and three aces from Mansfield. Tanner chipped in with six kills and five aces while Mackley and Julie Roeser had 14 and 12 assists, respectively.

After a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20 and 25-18) thrashing of Wake Tech in Raleigh for a sixth consecutive win, PCC returned to the Charles Coburn Center Sept. 24 to defeat conference-foe Catawba Valley Community College – last year’s western division champion – in five sets.

The Bulldogs took the first two frames, 25-18 and 25-19, before Catawba stormed back to even the match at 2-2 with 25-22 and 25-17 wins in sets three and four. In the decisive fifth stanza, Pitt took a large lead early and went on to take the frame, 15-9, to win the match.

Barber came up big for the ‘Dawgs with 16 kills and 12 digs. Mansfield turned in 14 kills and four blocks, and Norris finished with 11 kills.

Zampini recorded 23 digs and Mackley 25 assists – both team highs for the match – and Landry came through with 19 assists to give PCC its seventh straight win.

The Bulldogs then made it eight straight with a 3-0 victory over Davidson County Community College in match two of the day.

Tanner posted a .600 attack percentage for PCC to finish with a team-high 12 kills. Roeser had 12 assists and Mansfield had eight kills and three aces as Pitt took the first set from the Storm, 25-21, before taking sets two and three to win the match, 25-16 and 25-21, respectively.

PCC’s ninth consecutive win came at the expense of Cape Fear Community College.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-1 advantage in each of the first two sets en route to 25-13 and 25-16 wins, respectively, before the Seahawks rallied for a 25-17 win in set three. Pitt erased any doubt about the outcome in set four, leading from start to finish to win 25-16 and take the match.

Tanner (12 kills and six digs), Norris (eight kills and five blocks), Barber (six kills and 11 digs) and Mansfiled (eight kills) powered the PCC attack. Zampini had 18 digs in the Cape Fear win, and Mackley racked up 21 assists.

The Bulldogs will look to keep their winning streak alive this weekend when they travel to Annandale, Va., for a series of non-conference matches at Northern Virginia Community College.