Oct. 2, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova volleyball team remain perfect in the BIG EAST as the squad picked up a 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-14, 25-21) victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon at Jake Nevin Fieldhouse.
Senior Kim Maroon became the first player in Villanova history to reach 2,000 career digs as she tallied 29 on Sunday and has 2,007 career digs.
Senior Maggie Mergen posted 13 kills in the match, while Morgan Petkovich recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. She also served three aces. Sophomore Allison Williams notched 11 kills and hit .391 with three blocks.
Sophomore Mariah Henley also collected double digit digs with 12 overall.
Freshman Allie DiBernardo dished out a match-high 45 assists.
The score was tied five times to open the first set before Villanova took an 11-9 lead after kills from Petkovich and Mergen. Pittsburgh trailed by just one point, 17-16, but Williams and Petkovich each connected for a kill and the Panthers called timeout. After the break, Pittsburgh scored three unanswered points and took a 20-19 lead sending the Wildcats to the sideline for a timeout. Petkovich, junior Krista Andersen and Mergen all smashed kills to regain the lead for Villanova, 23-20. The `Cats took set point, 24-21 after an error from Pitt and a Panther error gave Villanova a 25-21 victory.
Villanova trailed 17-9 in the second frame, but scored three points following a timeout to close the gap to six points, 18-12 as the Panthers decided to call timeout. Villanova used a 7-3 run out of the break and came to within two points, 21-19. The Panthers came out of their final timeout with a kill, but the Wildcats responded as Mergen and DiBernardo found the floor to pull to within one, 22-21. A kill from the Panthers gave them set point at 24-21, but Villanova stormed back to tie the set at 24. Pittsburgh nabbed two quick points and won the set, 26-24.
After trailing 8-5 in the third set, Villanova went on a 6-0 run with Petkovich serving two aces, and led 11-8 as Pitt called timeout. The Panthers scored just one point following the break and the Wildcats led 17-9 into the Panthers' final timeout. DiBernardo found the floor for a kill 21-12 and Maroon and Andersen scored the set's final two points to win, 25-14.
The fourth set opened with the teams trading points back-and-forth as the score was tied 12 times before Villanova broke away beginning with a kill from Mergen and an error from the Panthers that gave Villanova a 19-18 lead. After Pitt called timeout freshman Ally Moskitis served two aces and Mergen slammed a kill to put the Wildcats in front, 22-18. Petkovich scored the match's final two points connecting on kills. Villanova won the final set, 25-21.
Villanova combined to hit .238 as a squad and held the Panthers to just a .163 hitting percentage.
The Wildcats will hit the road next weekend to continue conference play. They will travel to Syracuse on Friday, Oct. 7 for a 7:00 p.m. start time and head to Marquette on Sunday, Oct. 9 for a 3:00 p.m. ET match.