Comeback Falls Short as Wildcats Fall 3-2 at William & Mary
Oct. 11, 2011
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.
Freshman Allie DiBernardo recorded a double-double as she dished out 30 assists and collected 14 digs.
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.