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Villanova Defeated 3-0 by Western Kentucky
Krista Andersen
 
Krista Andersen
 

Sept. 17, 2011

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - After a grueling five-set match against Missouri, the Villanova Volleyball team (8-5) had a quick turnaround to face Western Kentucky in the final match of the American Volleyball Classic where Wildcats were swept 3-0 (20-25, 15-25, 26-28).

Senior Maggie Mergen connected on seven kills, while juniors Morgan Petkovich and Krista Andersen recorded six and five kills, respectively.

Senior Kim Maroon took a break from libero duties and set the match. She gave out 24 assists to her teammates. Sophomore Mariah Henley collected 12 digs.

After consecutive errors by the Hilltoppers, Villanova trailed just three points, 13-10, and had closed the gap to two points after Andersen connected on a kill. The Wildcats called timeout after two errors had them trailing 19-14. Western Kentucky played for set point, 24-18, but a kill from sophomore Carly Edwards kept the match going. The Hilltoppers nailed a final kill to win the set, 25-20.

In the second frame, Western Kentucky jumped out to a 9-3 lead and sent Villanova into a quick timeout. The Wildcats could not score a point out of the break and used its final timeout trailing 12-3. Mergen and Andersen each found the floor, but the Hilltoppers still lead 18-8 after a Villanova error and won the set, 25-15.

Maroon served consecutive aces in the third set and Villanova took a 7-3 lead. Western Kentucky mounted a comeback and tied the set at 9-9 after a 6-2 run. The Hilltoppers offense exploded and Villanova called a timeout trailing 14-11. Junior CeCe Twitty came out of the break to record a kill and an ace from Maroon had Villanova within a point, 15-14. Petkovich slammed a kill to tie the set at 18, but after consecutive errors the Wildcats trailed 22-20 heading into their final timeout. Andersen served three points to give Villanova set point, 24-23, but the Hilltoppers tied at 24. Mergen found the floor for a kill at 25-24, but again, Western Kentucky came back to tie. With the set tied at 26 apiece, Villanova hit consecutive errors and the Hilltoppers closed out the match with a sweep.

 

 

Following her performance at the American Classic where she averaged 7.09 digs per set, Maroon as named to the All-Tournament team.

Villanova will open the BIG EAST conference season next weekend with a trip to DePaul at Notre Dame. The Wildcats take on DePaul, Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3:00 ET before facing the Irish on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Sunday's match will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

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