Wildcats Record First Victory of the 2013 Volleyball Season
Aug 31, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich.- The Villanova women's volleyball squad recorded its first victory of the 2013 season Saturday from the Athletics Center O'rena in Rochester, Mich. after the Wildcats (1-1) topped host Oakland, 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21). Villanova will return to action later today at 4:30 p.m. against Central Michigan to conclude the Golden Grizzlies Invitational.
"Good to get a win on another team's home court," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "Now we have a short turnaround to get ready for Central Michigan."
The victory gave Steinbach his 99th win as the man in charge of leading the Wildcats attack for the past seven seasons.
Villanova got off to a slow start to begin the match, trailing by as much as seven points before rallying to cut the deficit to 19-18 late in the first set. However, the Golden Grizzlies (1-1) outscored the Wildcats 6-3 down the stretch to capture the first stanza.
In a back and forth second set that included seven tie scores, Villanova would break the 20-20 tie and string together five points in a row to close the second set, 25-20.
The Wildcats took the momentum gained at the end of the second stanza and continued it throughout the contest. Villanova would go on to close the match with identical 25-21 victories in the third and fourth sets.
True freshmen Claire Crutchfield and Michaela Berendt were the story of the afternoon. Crutchfield finished with 17 kills and an efficient .353 attack pct., while Berendt added 11 kills on 21 attacks (.476), two blocks and only one error.
"Our freshmen have shown they can contribute offensively," Steinbach added. "Our defensive players played well today."
Five Wildcats would record double-digit digs on the afternoon. Captain Mariah Henley would lead the way with 19 digs; Michelle Adams added 17 digs, Allie DiBernardo 13 and Ally Moskitis 10. Emma Pettit recorded 10 digs to go along with her impressive 52 assists that helped the Wildcats seal 58 kills in the contest.
Villanova would tally 10 blocks, 83 digs and only 27 attack errors to Oakland's 57 kills, nine blocks, 80 digs and nine blocks as a team.