Wildcats Rally Falls Short to Pirates
Oct. 11, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - On a night where two Villanova volleyball players achieved significant career milestones, the Wildcats (10-7, 2-2 BIG EAST) cardiac inducing rally was not enough as they dropped a heartbreaker to Seton Hall, 3-2 (18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 13-15), at the Walsch Gym in their first BIG EAST road match of the season.
With their backs against the wall, the Wildcats would punch back and force a decisive fifth stanza with a Gabby Pethokoukis kill. Down 6-10 in the final set, Villanova would score six of the next eight points to tie the match at 12-12. However, the Pirates would capture the set and the match with three consecutive points.
Villanova would rebound from a sluggish start in the first set before picking up fuel against its BIG EAST counterpart and take the second stanza, 25-21. The Pirates used the intermission to their advantage by winning the third set, 25-19.
Villanova falls to 2-2 in the BIG EAST with the loss at Seton Hall (7-9, 1-3 BIG EAST) and now looks forward to St. John's as they play back-to-back road matches for the first time in over a month.
Senior libero Mariah Henley continues to make a name for herself amongst the all-time greats at Villanova as she climbed to No. 4 all-time on the career digs list surpassing Megan O'Brien (1991-94). The BIG EAST's top libero needed only one set to achieve the feat as she now eyes Mara Austrins who is at 1,622 digs, less than 150 away from the senior. A remarkable achievement considering Henley has only been Villanova's libero for less than two seasons.
In only her second season with the Wildcats, Emma Pettit has made a mark on the history books as well. The sophomore setter cracked the top-10 career assists list, surpassing Courtney Oertli (1,370, 2008-11). Pettit has already exceeded last season's total with 718 assists in 17 matches.
Lauren Carpenter led Villanova with 16 kills. Colleen Hickey, Gabby Pethokoukis and Claire Crutchfield also reached double-digit kills with Pethokoukis finishing the most efficient with a .379 attack pct.
The Wildcats have a short turnaround as they will be in Jamaica, N.Y. for a Saturday showdown against St. John's (12-8, 1-3 BIG EAST) at 7 p.m. The Pirates lost to Georgetown earlier tonight, 3-2.
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