Sept. 16, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Villanova volleyball team opened the American Volleyball Classic with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 28-26) sweep over host school American on Friday evening at Bender Arena.
Sophomore Allison Williams smashed two kills and Twitty connected on one to help Villanova take an 11-7 lead early in set one. After a timeout from American, Andersen and Mergen hit back-to-back kills and the Wildcats were able to extend their lead to 15-9 as the Eagles used their last timeout. Mergen gave Villanova set point24-19 after finding the floor for a kill and Andersen connected for a 25-20 set victory.
With Villanova leading 6-3 in the second frame, senior Kara Chatham served for six points as the Wildcats extended their lead to 10-6. American came back and tied the score at 16, but a kill from sophomore Carly Edwards and three errors by the Eagles put Villanova back in front, 20-17. The Wildcats scored the set's final four points as Mergen found the floor for three kills and sophomore Mariah Henley served an ace to take a 25-19 victory.
Errors from the Eagles and kills by Williams and Mergen put Villanova on top, 10-4 early in the third set. Twitty notched two kills to stay in front, 14-10, but American was able to pull to within two points, 20-18 before taking a timeout. After the break, the Eagles scored two consecutive points to tie the set at 20 and the teams traded points before American took a 24-22 lead. After the Wildcats used a timeout, Henley served an ace to tie at 24 and an error from the Eagles gave Villanova 25-24 advantage. The Wildcats used their final timeout trailing 26-25, but out of the break DiBernardo found the floor for a kill and American committed an error to put Villanova on top 27-26. An ace from Maroon would close the set and give the Wildcats the sweep in the match.
Villanova combined to hit .327 in the match with 45 kills and just 10 errors and held the Eagles to just a .136 hitting percentage.
The Wildcats will face Missouri at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday before a quick turnaround to take on Western Kentucky at 4:30 p.m.