Aug. 26, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senior outside hitter Krista Andersen (Lakeland, Fla.) and freshman outside hitter Lauren Carpenter (Lakewood, Colo.) each had 11 kills to lead Villanova (1-1) to a 3-0 sweep of Robert Morris (0-3) in the Villanova Classic at Jake Nevin Field House on Saturday evening. Strong finishes in the last two sets helped the Wildcats tally the win by scores of 25-17, 27-25 and 25-23.
Andersen was a difference maker for Villanova, which overcame a 23-19 deficit to win the second set. Andersen put down kills which tied the score at 23-23 and 25-25 before serving the final two points of the set which sent the Wildcats on their way to clinching the victory.
In the first set Andersen served nine straight points as Villanova turned an early 4-1 deficit into an 11-4 lead en route to easily controlling the rest of the set. Freshman middle blocker Gabby Pethokoukis (Western Springs, Ill.) had five of her six kills in the first set and Andersen finished the set with four kills and no errors.
The teams were separated by three points or less for virtually the entire second set, which featured 16 ties and four lead changes. Midway through the set the Wildcats had their largest lead at 14-11 but the Colonials then broke out with a 12-5 run to go ahead 23-19, which was the largest scoring margin of the set.
A kill by sophomore setter Allie DiBernardo (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and back-to-back attack errors by Robert Morris preceded the kill by Andersen which tied the score at 23-all. Villanova withstood set points for the Colonials at 24-23 and 25-24, respectively, as DiBernardo dished sets to freshman middle blocker Brittany Rembert (Orlando, Fla.) and Andersen before a kill by junior outside hitter Carly Edwards (Okemos, Mich.) gave the Wildcats the only match point they needed.
DiBernardo had 13 of her 38 assists in the second set and Carpenter finished with five kills and six digs in the frame to lead Villanova offensively. Edwards had a match-high three total blocks (one solo, two assisted) to go along with six kills.
Junior libero Mariah Henley (Hockessin, Del.) and freshman defensive specialist Michelle Adams (Sugar Land, Texas) had 18 and 11 digs, respectively, to lead the Wildcats defensive effort. Carpenter added nine digs and was one shy of a double-double.
In the third set an early 4-1 lead for Villanova was reversed by six straight Robert Morris points. Midway through the set the Colonials still held a three-point lead at 17-14 but the Wildcats took advantage of a string of mistakes by Robert Morris to mount a rally which eventually finished off the sweep.
A service error followed by an attack error allowed Villanova to get within one point at 17-16 and then a kill by Erica Robb was followed by a kill from Andersen and three straight Colonials attack errors. The sequence resulted in a timeout with the Wildcats ahead 20-18 and DiBernardo served an ace after the timeout to give Villanova some breathing room.
Lindsey Monger had 13 kills and 17 digs to pace Robert Morris, which also got nine kills and 13 digs from Robb in the defeat.
The final match of the weekend started at 8 p.m. and featured the Wildcats taking on their mascot namesake New Hampshire to decide second and third place in the tournament. Both teams split their first two matches of the weekend.