Sept. 15, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova University volleyball team (8-4) came into the second day of the Villanova Classic as the only undefeated team and on its way to a tournament victory, but following the morning matches and VU's long battle with Princeton University (5-3) things did not seem so easy.
The Wildcats were taken the distance against the Tigers and ended up falling short in the fifth and deciding game 15-6. Following all the matches it came down to VU's battle with the College of William & Mary (4-8). Win and the Wildcats were crowned champions, loss and it would be a disappointing fourth place finish. The Tribe gave VU all they had and it took everything the Wildcats could muster to win the fifth game 15-7.
VU ended up in a three-way tie with Liberty and Princeton but due to overall game records the Wildcats came out victorious and were named the 2007 Villanova Classic Champions.
Senior Alona Cherkez was named tournament MVP after two amazing performances on Saturday. Cherkez had two double-doubles with 31 kills and 14 digs against Princeton before getting 30 kills and 17 digs versus William and Mary.
Cherkez hit an astounding .509 in the five games versus Princeton where she racked up the 31 kills.
Senior Kacy Sellers was also named All-Tournament Team after four solid performances at the Classic. Against Princeton she recorded 17 kills and four blocks while hitting at a .433 clip. William & Mary was hit with a 18 kills, four blocks performance as well.
The final Wildcat to be named to the All-Tournament Team was junior Emily Brown. Brown played tough on the defensive side of the ball as she had 12 digs versus Princeton before exploding for 28 against William & Mary.
Junior Dana Tartazky had a pair of double-doubles today as she had 10 kills and 13 digs versus Princeton before registering 15 kills and 11 digs versus William & Mary. Sophomore Chelsea Graman continued her strong play at setter with two 63 assists performances.
Elysse Studzinski had 10 kills versus Princeton as well as five blocks.
Villanova will return to action next Saturday as they host the University of Connecticut at 2 p.m.