Queens, N.Y. – Mallory Potts (San Antonio, Texas) finished with 12 kills on a .357 hitting percentage as Villanova defeated St. Johns 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-23) on Wednesday night.
Villanova (10-6, 3-2 BIG EAST) Team Stats
4 serve aces
St. John’s (9-11, 1-4 BIG EAST) Team Stats
2 serve aces
Villanova Individual Stats
Mallory Potts: 12 kills, .357 hit pct., 13.5 points
Allie Loitz (Bonita, Calif.): 12 kills, 8 digs, 16.5 points
Amanda Pedersen-Henry (Murrieta, Calif.): 9 kills, 12.5 points
Emma Decker (LaGrange, Ill.): 29 assists, 4 digs, 3 kills
St. John’s Individual Stats
Julia Cast: 14 kills, 14.5 points
Erica DiMaulo: 35 assists, 3 digs, 2 kills
Hanna Wagner: 9 kills, .538 hit pct., 10 points
Villanova got off to a hot start in the first set, taking a quick 5-1 lead on kills from Darcy Wolf and Allie Loitz. St. John’s took three of the next five points in the set, bringing the score to 7-4 Wildcats. Villanova responded by taking the next three out of five points with kills from Mallory Potts, Amanda Pedersen-Henry and Loitz to extend their lead to 10-6. The Red Storm responded with two straight points, than the teams swapped scores to 13-10 Wildcats. Two St. John’s errors gave Villanova a 15-10 lead going into the set’s first media timeout. Out of the media timeout, the Red Storm took three out of five points to narrow the Wildcats lead to 17-13. They scored again, but a service error followed by an Ashley Knight (Omaha, Neb.) service ace gave Villanova a 19-14 lead, forcing a St. John’s timeout. Villanova scored three out of four points out of the timeout, forcing another St. John’s timeout late in the first set at 22-15. The Red Storm scored three more times in the set, but Villanova closed it out with a 25-18 set victory.
The second set started with both teams going back and forth trading scores. Neither team could pull away, starting at 1-1 and going all the way until 8-8. The Red Storm then forced a Wildcats timeout after scoring four straight points to take an 11-8 lead. Out of the timeout, the Wildcats scored on a kill from Allie Loitz, but St. John’s answered back with two more points to extend their lead to 13-9. Each team scored twice to put the match at 15-11 Red Storm, then Villanova was able to rattle off three straight points on a Mallory Potts kill and a Darcy Wolf (Allentown, Pa.) service ace to make the score 15-14. The Wildcats were finally able to tie up the set again at 18-18 following a kill from Loitz forcing a St. John’s timeout. Out of the timeout, Villanova continued their run to take a late 20-18 lead, forcing another Red Storm to burn another timeout. St. John’s then scored two straight times to tie the score at 20 late in the second set. The teams traded scores to 23 a piece, then St. John’s scored to take a 24-23 lead. Villanova was able to hold off the Red Storm with three straight kills from Potts to win the set 26-24.
St. John’s scored first, but Villanova answered quick with back to back kills from Mallory Potts and Amanda Pedersen-Henry. The Red Storm then rattled off four straight points to take a 5-2 lead early. The teams traded scores to 10-9 St. John’s, then the Red Storm earned two straight points on two kills to take a 12-9 lead. They extended that lead to 15-11 before a media timeout. Out of the timeout, St. John’s scored again, followed by kills from Allie Loitz and Allie Olsonoski (New Orleans, La.) to put the score at 16-13, forcing a Red Storm timeout. Following the timeout, St. John’s took there of the next five scores to take a 19-15 lead. Villanova narrowed the score at 20-17, forcing St. John’s to use their final timeout. Out of the timeout, they continued to put the pressure on late, scoring three more times to tie the game at 20-20. They scored twice more, making it a seven straight points for the Wildcats, to take a late 22-20 lead. St. John’s then responded with three straight scores to take a late 23-22 lead, but Pedersen-Henry had back to back kills to take a 24-23 lead. Villanova then closed out the third set to win 25-23.
Head Coach Josh Steinbach had this to say following the win, “We played well on the road tonight. I like that we hung in tough despite trailing late in the last two sets. We had a good night at the net blocking, which was great to see. We’re looking forward to getting back at it on Saturday.”
Next in their Schedule:
Villanova travels to Georgetown this Saturday for another BIG EAST matchup at 7 p.m.