Sept. 21, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova volleyball team dominated its first match Saturday morning at the Jake Nevin Field House as the Wildcats blanked Norfolk State, 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-16), to capture their second win at the Villanova Invitational.
"It was a nice offensive performance for us today," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "Emma (Pettit) spread the ball around well and our outsides scored well."
Behind an impressive hitting performance that included a .467, .300 and .348 attack percentage in each respective set, the Wildcats (7-5) controlled the entire match against the Spartans (4-9). The defense was on point, adding seven blocks and 38 digs in Villanova's best performance of the season.
Leading 12-8 in the first set, the Wildcats turned up the intensity to finish on a 13-3 run to capture the stanza.
Villanova would go on to win the second set, 25-20, without ever being in jeopardy of dropping the game. The last set, the Wildcats would impose their will with a 25-16 finish.
Claire Crutchfield tuned in one of the best matches of her short collegiate career, totaling a match-high 12 kills on 15 hits and her most efficient contest to date with a .667 attack pct. Lauren Carpenter was second on the team with 10 kills on 26 attacks (.346).
Pettit assisted on almost every point for the Wildcats and finished with a stellar stat line that included five kills, 33 assists, five aces, five digs and one block.
The Wildcats will return to the courts for the second match of a double header when they take on Penn at 7 p.m. in the final match of the Villanova Classic.