Oct. 9, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A tough road trip came to a close as the Villanova volleyball team (12-7, 4-2 BIG EAST) fell at Marquette on Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center, 3-0 (25-19, 28-26, 25-21).
Ciara Jones paced Marquette with 16 kills and a .467 hitting percentage.
Mergen hit back-to-back kills in the first set to give Villanova a 5-2 advantage. Petkovich found the floor for a kill and tied the set at 13 apiece and served an ace to remain tied up at 16. Junior Krista Andersen notched a kill to tie the set at 17-17, but the Golden Eagles responded to score three unanswered and go ahead 20-17 as Villanova called timeout. The Wildcats scored only on an error from Marquette after the timeout and used their final break, but the Golden Eagles closed out the set with a 25-19 win.
Villanova used its first timeout when the Golden Eagles jumped out to a 9-4 lead early in the second frame. After trailing 17-13 and using their last timeout, Mergen nailed a kill out of the break and the Wildcats pulled to within one point, 22-21 after two more kills from Mergen and one from Andersen. The Golden Eagles earned set point at 24-21, but Villanova scored three unanswered points to tie the set. Marquette continued to score, but the `Cats responded to tie the set twice before the Golden Eagles ultimately won, 28-26.
After trailing 8-4 in the third set, Villanova came back and tied at 10-10, but Marquette then used a 6-1 run to jump ahead to a 16-11 advantage, which sent the Wildcats into a timeout. Mergen and Petkovich connected for kill to pull within four points, 22-18, but the Golden Eagles earned match point at 24-19. Andersen and Mergen smashed kills to extend the match until an error gave Marquette a 25-21 victory and a sweep to win the match.
Villanova was held to just a .183 team hitting percentage, while the Golden Eagles combined to hit .246. Marquette is now 5-0 in conference play.
The Wildcats will have short rest as they travel to compete at William & Mary on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The match is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.