Sept. 14, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Villanova (4-5) volleyball team dropped its final match of the Maryland Invitational Saturday, after the Terrapins topped the Wildcats, 3-0 (21-25, 15-25, 23-25), at the Comcast Pavilion in College Park.
"Team played really hard tonight and we competed well," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "I think we are on the right track as a team that is improving every time out. Maryland was really good tonight and just outplayed us at key moments."
The Wildcats finished the weekend winning two of three matches in Maryland and played impressive volleyball this past week with three victories on the road over five days.
Lauren Carpenter, who was named to the Maryland Invitational all-tournament team, finished with her most efficient match of the year, totaling 11 kills on 26 attacks (.423 pct.).
Joining Carpenter on the Maryland Invitational team was freshman Michaela Berendt, who finished with 28 kills and was efficient throughout the tournament.
The match went back-and-forth in set one. With Villanova up 14-11, Maryland (8-1) went on a solid, 14-7, run to close out the game, 25-21. The Terrapins used the momentum gained late in the first set to put together an impressive, 25-15, second set win.
Villanova used the intermission to regroup and came out composed in the second half despite being down, 2-0. The Wildcats traded points throughout third set but eventually squandered a late lead to drop the set, 25-23.
The Wildcats will return to the court Tuesday at 7 p.m. to host the "Jam for Jake" event when Delaware comes to the Jake Nevin Field House for the Villanova home opener. The Men's Basketball team will be in attendance to sign autographs for fans and free t-shirts will be distributed along with other promotional items for the first 250 attendees.