Wildcats Drop First Conference Match, 3-1 at Syracuse
Oct. 7, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A late rally was not enough on Friday evening as the Villanova volleyball team (12-6, 4-1 BIG EAST) fell 3-1 (21-25, 20-25, 25-20, 26-28) at Syracuse.
The Wildcats are now 12-6 overall and move to 4-1 in the conference after the loss. Syracuse improved to 13-6 overall with a 3-1 BIG EAST record.
Senior Kim Maroon collected a season-best 36 digs.
In the first set, sophomore Allison Williams connected on a kill as Syracuse led 12-10, but after being tied at 15-15 the Orange scored three unanswered and Villanova called a timeout trailing 18-15. Mergen served for three points and the Wildcats tied the score at 20-20, but Syracuse used a 5-1 run to close the set with a win.
After being tied 8-8 in the second frame, the Orange scored three unanswered point to go ahead, 11-8 and Villanova took a timeout. Petkovich found the floor for a kill after the break, but an 8-2 run from Syracuse had the Wildcats trailing 20-12. Junior CeCe Twitty and Mergen each connected on kills, but Villanova still trailed 23-17 as the Orange called timeout. The Wildcats came closer after another kill from Twitty and one from junior Krista Andersen, but Syracuse closed out the set 25-20.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-2 advantage in the third set, but the Orange came to within one point, 13-12 after two errors by Villanova. After Syracuse used a timeout Mergen and Petkovich each smashed kills and the `Cats led 23-19 after Twitty connected for a kill. Twitty slammed a kill for set point and an error from the Orange gave Villanova a 25-20 victory.
The fourth frame was close early on, but Villanova took a 16-12 lead after a kill from Petkovich and an ace from Oertli. Andersen and Mergen laid down kills and Syracuse called timeout trailing 21-17. The Orange scored three quick points following the break and trailed just one point, 21-20 as the Wildcats called timeout. Back-to-back kills from Syracuse gave them set point at 24-23, but Villanova used a timeout and scored with a kill from Petkovich. Andersen found the floor for a kill and set point at 26-25, but the Orange scored to stay alive before earning a 28-26 victory to win the match.
Villanova will travel to Marquette on Sunday, Oct. 9. The match is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET.