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Comeback Falls Short as Wildcats Fall 3-2 at William & Mary
Morgan Petkovich recorded her 1,000th career kill in the match

Oct. 11, 2011

Box Score

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Though the match was pushed into a fifth set, the Villanova volleyball team could not complete its comeback falling 3-2 (18-25, 25-15, 15-25, 25-10, 15-17) at William & Mary on Tuesday evening.

Junior Morgan Petkovich reached her 1,000th career kill in the match as she led the way for the Wildcats (12-8) with 19 total kills. She needed 15 kills entering the match and finished the night with 1,004 total kills.

Sophomore Allison Williams tallied nine kills on the evening, while senior Maggie Mergen and junior Krista Andersen each connected on eight kills.

Freshman Allie DiBernardo recorded a double-double as she dished out 30 assists and collected 14 digs.

Senior Kim Maroon notched a match-high 40 digs, while freshman Ally Moskitis posted 12.

The Tribe jumped out to a 14-9 advantage in the first set, but the Wildcats pulled to within two points, 15-13 with kills from Andersen and senior Courtney Oertli that had William & Mary call timeout. Villanova trailed 22-17 and used its final timeout, but could only score one points out of the break as the Tribe won the set, 25-18.

Villanova held a quick 7-4 edge in the second frame that had William & Mary call timeout as back-to-back kills from Petkovich after the break extended the lead to 15-7. The Tribe took their final timeout as `Nova led 20-10 before multiple errors from W&M closed the set and the Wildcats won 25-15. Villanova hit a stellar .364 in the set with just one hitting error.

The Wildcats used their first timeout trailing 11-6 in the third set, but scored only two points following the break and quickly used their final timeout. Williams found the floor for back-to-back kills, but Villanova still trailed 22-25. The Tribe won the third, 25-15.



Petkovich connected on three kills to help the Wildcats to a 9-5 advantage early in the fourth set as the Tribe called timeout. William & Mary could only score two points following the timeout and used their last break trailing 13-7. With Maroon serving, Villanova scored five unanswered points and led 18-7. An error from the Tribe gave Villanova set point at 24-10 and Petkovich smashed a kill for the win and forced a fifth set.

The fifth and final set opened tight with the score tied four times before Villanova called timeout trailing 11-10. The Wildcats tied the set at 12 apiece and Petkovich responded to tie again at 13-13 after a kill. William & Mary reached match point 14-13, but consecutive errors by the Tribe gave Villanova match point, 15-14. The Tribe tied at 15 and finished the set with a 17-15 win to defeat Villanova in five sets.

Villanova will return to conference action on Sunday as the Wildcats host Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 15. The match will begin at 7:00 p.m.