Villanova Home Opener is a Success
Sept. 19, 2008
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova volleyball team excelled in its home opener on Friday evening, blanking Bucknell, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-18), in Jake Nevin Fieldhouse. The match was Villanova's first in the fourth annual Villanova Classic.
Senior Dana Tartazky led the Wildcats (6-5) with 17 kills, nine of which came in the first set. She hit .353 over three sets.
Trailing 8-9 in the first set, Mergen connected on a kill to tie the score and then Frizzell served four consecutive points to give the `Cats an 18-16 advantage. VU would not trail again, though Bucknell (4-7) tied the score at 20. The Bison took a timeout as junior Amy Gulyas was ready to serve for set point and Tartazky closed the set, 25-22, with a kill after the break.
The second set remained close with the teams tied, 7-7, following an error from the Wildcats. VU used a 4-1 run to jump ahead, 13-9, and forced Bucknell to call timeout after a kill from Tartazky kept the lead at 15-11. A kill from McNamara increased `Nova's lead to 20-15, as the Wildcats used a 5-1 run to close out the second frame with a 25-16 victory. Villanova had a combined attack percentage of .455 in the set.
The Wildcats found themselves in another 9-9 tie in the third stanza, but used a 5-0 run with Gulyas serving to jump ahead, 14-9. A kill from Tartazky saw VU hold onto a 17-14 advantage, with a kill by Gulyas increasing the lead to 20-16. Senior Emily Brown served the final four points as a 5-2 run by Villanova closed out the match.
Villanova returns to the court in the conclusion of the Villanova Classic on Saturday. The Wildcats will face La Salle at 12:30 p.m. and Penn at 7:00 p.m.