Sept. 19, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In their final matchup of the Marriott Cavalier Invitational, the Villanova Wildcats (10-4) came away victorious as they defeated Virginia Tech 3-2 (17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 15-9) on Saturday afternoon. Freshman standout Krista Andersen and senior Amy Gulyas once again posted double-doubles for the third consecutive match.
Andersen recorded 16 kills and digs while Gulyas tallied 12 kills, 10 digs and 4 service aces in the contest. Sophomore Kim Maroon collected an outstanding 33 digs and Courtney Oertli added another 46 assists, nearly matching the previous 51 assists she recorded against UVA. Classmate Maggie Mergen added 14 kills and a .367 hitting percentage.
Showing their prowess while on the road, several Wildcats were honored for their outstanding play in the invitational. Maroon and Oertli were named to the all-tournament team while Andersen garnered MVP accolades.
Villanova fell 25-17 in set one, but came back to win the second frame despite being down 13-6 after its second timeout. A 12-4 run after the break put 'Nova in front, 18-17 as Gulyas served five points, including two aces before a kill from Oertli gave them a 24-18 lead. Mergen connected for the final point and a set two victory.
The Wildcats held a 10-4 lead in the third set, but the Hokies were able to stay in the game as 'Nova called timeout holding on to a one point lead at 13-12. Virgnia Tech stayed close as the Wildcats used their final timeout with a 19-17 lead, but the Hokies would not get closer than three points after the break. Andersen posted the final kill as Villanova won, 25-22.
The Hokies won the fourth stanza, 25-21, to force a fifth and final set where the Wildcats jumped out to a 6-3 lead. Two quick kills from Andersen and an attack error from Virginia Tech extended the VU lead to 9-3 and sent the Hokies into their last timeout. Andersen connected for two additional kills, but the Wildcats used a timeout when Virginia Tech closed to within four points. After a final kill from Andersen, VU served for match point, but would need one more try before Gulyas found the floor for a 15-9 victory.
Andersen tallied six kills in the set helping the Wildcats to a blistering .429 hitting percentage, while Virginia Tech was held to just .077.
The Wildcats will return home next weekend as they take on BIG EAST Conference foes Cincinnati and Louisville on September 25th and 27th. Game time for the Cincinnati matchup on Friday is slated for 7 p.m. while the Wildcats will take on Louisville at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.