Lauren Carpenter and Carly Edwards Named to Villanova Classic All-Tournament Team
Aug. 26, 2012
Match 1: New Hampshire 3, Robert Morris 0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-11)
Adreené Elliott, Maryland - Most Valuable Player
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Carpenter (Lakewood, Colo.) and junior outside hitter Carly Edwards (Okemos, Mich.) were each named to the Villanova Classic All-Tournament Team on Saturday night after the Wildcats defeated New Hampshire in five sets to claim second place in their home tournament to open the 2012 season.
Maryland won all three of its matches to win the tournament's team title and Villanova finished second ahead of third place New Hampshire and fourth place Robert Morris during two days of action at the newly renovated Jake Nevin Field House.
Adreené Elliott of the Terrapins was chosen as the tournament Most Valuable Player and teammates Kamrin Gold and Sarah Harper joined her on the All-Tournament Team. The rest of the all-tournament squad consisted of Carpenter, Edwards, Destiny Tolliver of New Hampshire and Lindsey Monger of Robert Morris.
In the first three matches of her Villanova career Carpenter had 33 kills, 27 digs and four total blocks, including a 16-13 double-double (kills-digs) in the final match. Edwards had a team-best nine total blocks (one solo, eight assisted) to go along with 27 kills for the weekend. She reached double figures in kills for the first time in her career with 14 in the New Hampshire win.
Maryland swept both the Wildcats and Robert Morris while needing five sets to dispose of New Hampshire in a match that was played on Saturday morning. Elliott had 26 kills and 13 blocks in the tournament and led players from all four teams with a .353 hitting percentage.
Sixth-year Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach is 16-3 (.842) in his career in the Villanova Classic after leading the Wildcats to two victories this weekend. As a team Villanova had four players accumulate 20 or more kills in the tournament and five different players had 20 or more digs.
A young Wildcats squad saw all seven members of the Villanova freshman class make their collegiate debuts during the weekend. Carpenter and freshman middle blocker Gabby Pethokoukis (Western Springs, Ill.) were each in the starting lineup for all three matches.