Wildcats Fall 3-2 to Penn in Final Match at Big 5 Tournament
Sept. 5, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Villanova volleyball team fell 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 22-25, 11-15) to Penn in its second five-set match of the day on Saturday evening in the Big 5 Tournament at The Palestra.
Sophomore Kim Maroon was named to the all-tournament team as she posted a career-high 29 digs and five service errors in the loss. The Wildcats' (5-2) played tough defense as four posted double figure digs. With Maroon's 29, senior Amy Gulyas collected a career-high 20, while sophomore Courtney Oertli also tallied a career-high 14 and freshman Krista Andersen notched 11.
Oertli , Andersen and Gulyas posted double-doubles as Oertli also dished out a match-high 48 assists, Andersen slammed 16 kills and Gulyas connected on 13.
Sophomore Maggie Mergen tallied 10 kills.
After getting off to a slow start in the first set Villanova called timeout trailing 13-10, but tied the score at 15 after the break. An ace from sophomore Morgan Petkovich kept the score tied at 18-18, but a Penn error put the Wildcats ahead, 19-18. With a 20-19 lead, Maroon served three aces in the final five points as `Nova won the first set, 25-19. Both teams played exceptional defense in the set as they combined to post 47 digs.
Villanova jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the second frame as the Quakers called a quick timeout. Villanova extended its lead to 13-4, but could not shake the Quakers as they pulled to with four points at 19-15. The Wildcats used a timeout after Penn closed to within a point, 23-22, and could not pull away. Penn tied the score two more times before taking its first lead of the game at 25-24 and winning the set, 26-24.
The Quakers got on the board first in the third stanza with a 4-0 lead, but VU responded to pull within two points, 9-7, and forced Penn into a timeout after taking a 13-10 lead. Andersen served an ace out of the break as the Wildcats extended their lead to 16-12. An ace from Maroon sealed the win for VU.
After the Quakers trailed 4-1 in the fourth set they called a timeout and came out of the break to take an 8-7 lead. Villanova used its first timeout trailing 14-11 and was able to tie the set at 17 after a kill from Andersen. Penn scored three unanswered points to force the Wildcats into their last timeout, but they could not grab a lead. A kill from Gulyas kept the set moving, but the Quakers took a 25-22 set victory.
In the fifth and deciding set, the Quakers took a quick 4-1 lead and extended it to 8-4 as the teams switch sides of the court. Gulyas found the floor to pull within two points at 9-7, but Villanova called timeout trailing 11-8. A Penn error had the `Cats back to within two points, 13-11, and Penn called a timeout, but an ace from the Quakers on match point gave them the win.
Both teams combined to collect 174 total digs with `Nova posting 88 and Penn notching 86.
The Wildcats are back on the court Friday, Sept. 11 to begin the Villanova Classic facing UMBC in the first home match of the season at 7:00 p.m.