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Wildcats Bested in Straight Sets at Marquette
Maggie Mergen had just one error on Sunday

Oct. 9, 2011

Box Score

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).

Senior Maggie Mergen recorded 13 kills with just one error to hit .400. Junior Morgan Petkovich notched 10 kills and is now just 15 kills short of 1,000 in her career.

Senior Courtney Oertli gave out 34 assists to her teammates in her second match back from injury. Classmate Kim Maroon collected 18 digs.

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.