Sept. 12, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. - Freshman Morgan Petkovich and senior Dana Tartazky each hit double figure kills as Villanova fell, 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 29-31, 22-25), on day one of the USF/Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational held at the University of San Francisco.
Petkovich led the way for VU (4-4) with 18 kills and had an attack percentage of .351, while Tartazky posted a double double connecting on 15 kills and 10 digs. Junior Chelsea Graman dished out 45 assists with junior Amy Gulyas and freshman Kim Maroon collecting 18 and 10 digs respectively.
The Wildcats took control of the first set and never faltered. Villanova held a 19-12 advantage, but called timeout once Miami scored three unanswered points. Petkovich notched a kill to keep VU in front, 24-20, and then won the set following a service error from the Hurricanes.
Miami had a 10-4 lead early in the second frame after VU hit an attack error and would not trail again as they won, 25-16.
Villanova trailed 7-6 in the third stanza, but used a 7-0 run to take a 13-7 lead over Miami. The Hurricanes responded scoring four unanswered of their own and was able to take the lead at 20-19 following an attack error from Villanova. The teams traded points back and forth, but VU was able to serve for set point following a kill from Tartazky, though Miami came back to tie the game at 24. The game continued as the score was tied at 29, but the Wildcats fell, 31-29, after consecutive errors.
The Wildcats trailed 4-0 early in the fourth set as Miami's Genny Mayhew connected on four kills to open. Tartazky connected on a kill to help the Wildcats close the score to 20-19, but used a timeout when Miami scored back-to-back points. An attack error from the Hurricanes saw Villanova close in at 22-21, but could not threaten Miami any more as they fell, 25-22 in the final set.
Villanova returns to the court on Saturday to face host school San Francisco at 2:00 p.m. ET in the final day of the USF Asics/Coca-Cola Invitational.