Oct. 5, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - After six consecutive wins at the Jake Nevin Field House, the Villanova volleyball team (10-6, 2-1 BIG EAST) dropped its first home match of the season, after Marquette (10-4, 3-0 BIG EAST) topped the Wildcats, 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-14), Saturday night for their first conference defeat of the year.
"We played hard, and I think for three sets showed that we can compete with the best teams in our conference," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "We needed a little something at the end and we could've been talking about a different result."
This marks only the second loss for Villanova in 11 matches, halting its longest winning streak since the 2010 season where the Wildcats strung-off 12 matches in a row.
The Wildcats still claim the second slot in the BIG EAST behind the Golden Eagles after Butler, Xavier and St. John's all fell this weekend.
Freshman Lauren Carpenter and sophomore Claire Crutchfield claimed double-digit kills once again, totaling 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Setter Emma Pettit played a solid match for the Wildcats, adding 44 assists and four kills to her season totals.
Gabby Pethokoukis who returned Friday night after an injury sidelined her through most of the season, tuned in eight kills on 17 attacks (.412 pct.) and three blocks.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead after capturing the first set, 25-22, by hitting an impressive .324 with 17 kills on 37 attacks.
The Golden Eagles would bounce back at the end of a back-and-forth second set (25-22) that included 16 tie scores to even the match at 1-1.
After the intermission, the Golden Eagles soared to a six point lead early on, however, the Wildcats rallied back to tie the match at 17-17. Unfortunately, Marquette regained its composure and upended Villanova, 25-20, before finishing the match in four sets.
Villanova will enjoy five days off before making a trip across state lines for a pair of conference matches next weekend. The Wildcats will battle Seton Hall Friday night before heading to St. John's (12-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) Saturday. Both matches are slated for a 7 p.m. start time.
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