San Diego, Calif. – Allie Loitz (Bonita, Calif.) finished with 21 kills and eight digs as Villanova beats Georgia Tech 3-1 to finish off the University of San Diego Invitational on Saturday night.
Villanova (4-2) Team Stats
6 serve aces
Georgia Tech (0-0) Team Stats
6 serve aces
Villanova Individual Stats
Allie Loitz: 21 kills, 8 digs, 2 assists
Emma Decker (LaGrange, Ill.): 51 assists, 15 digs
Mallory Potts (San Antonio, Texas): 19 kills
Georgia Tech Individual Stats
Gabriel Stavnetchei: 18 kills, 16 digs
Gabby Benda: 35 assists, 16 digs
Ashley Askin: 14 kills, 4 digs, 1 assist
Both teams traded scores to start the match, getting out to a 6-5 Georgia Tech lead. The Yellow Jackets then scored four straight points before a serve error halted their run, bringing the score to 9-7. Georgia Tech earned two more points before the Wildcats went on four-zero run of their own to even the score at 11. The teams traded runs after that; Georgia Tech earned three straight points and Villanova responded with five consecutive points to bring the score to 16-14 Wildcats. The Yellow Jackets scored the next four out of five points to take a 18-17 lead late in set but Villanova rallied to score five straight times and regain a 22-18 lead. The rest of the match went back-and-forth to a 25-21 Wildcats set victory.
Villanova’s hot streak from the first set carried into the second, jumping out to a 6-1 lead behind two kills from Allie Loitz and three kills from Mallory Potts. Georgia Tech earned two points to bring the score to 6-3 before the teams traded scores to a 9-6 Villanova lead. The Wildcats prevented the Yellow Jackets from gaining any serious momentum, stopping them from earning consecutive points the rest of the set. Villanova earned two points to Georgia Tech’s one point all the way to an 18-12 lead. The Wildcats then earned three straight points to take a commanding 21-12 lead late in the set before closing things out to a 25-15 set victory.
The two teams exchanged scoring streaks out to a 5-5 tie to start the third set. Georgia Tech scored on a kill before the Wildcats earned three straight points to take an 8-6 lead. Both teams exchanged scores for the next 13 points, bringing the score to 14-13 Villanova. The Wildcats then earned two straight points on a kill and a serve ace from Amanda Pedersen-Henry (Murrieta, Calif.) to take a 16-13 lead. Georgia Tech took three of the next five points to bring the score to a close 18-16 late in the set. They then earned the next four out of five points to gain a 20-19 lead, their first since the set was at 6-5. Villanova got the lead to 22-20, before the Yellow Jackets stormed back to finish the set 25-22.
Georgia Tech got out to a 3-2 lead before Villanova was able to score four straight points on two kills from Amanda Pedersen-Henry and a kill from Allie Loitz. The two teams traded scores again to an 8-7 Villanova lead before the Wildcats were able to score another three consecutive points to take an 11-7 lead. Georgia Tech answered back, scoring three of the next five points to bring the score to 13-10. The Yellow Jackets scored two more times to bring them within one. The teams traded score streaks of two before Villanova rattled off four straight points on three kills and a serve ace to give them a 19-14 lead, forcing a Georgia Tech timeout. The teams went back-and-forth to a 22-17 lead, before the Wildcats closed out the set with a 25-19 win.
Head coach Josh Steinbach had this to say after the match, “I’m glad to get a win against a good opponent. I thought we played with good confidence. Mallory (Potts) had a great match and it’s good to see her have early success.” He also had this to say about Allie Loitz’s performance, “Allie played so well, she’s a steady player that makes everyone around her better.”
Next in their Schedule:
Villanova is hosting their preseason tournament next weekend (9/8) with matchups against Princeton, UConn and Albany. There will be more information to follow on villanova.com this week.