South Orange, N.J. – Mallory Potts (San Antonio, Texas) finished with 19 kills on a .447 hitting percentage as falls to Seton Hall 3-1 (22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 23-25) on Wednesday night.
Villanova (11-7, 4-3 BIG EAST) Team Stats
7 serve aces
Seton Hall (11-10, 5-3 BIG EAST) Team Stats
2 serve aces
Villanova Individual Stats
Mallory Potts: 19 kills, 19 points, .447 hit pct.
Allie Loitz (Bonita, Calif.): 11 kills, 7 digs, 16.5 points
Amanda Pedersen-Henry (Murrieta, Calif.): 11 kills, 6 digs, 13 points
Emma Decker (LaGrange, Ill.): 3 kills, 48 assists, 14 digs
Seton Hall Individual Stats
Sharay Barnes: 17 kills, 19 points, .577 hit pct.
Abby Thelen: 16 kills, 17.5 points, .359 hit pct.
Dominique Mason: 12 kills, 21 digs, 13 points
Villanova struck first with a kill and a service ace from Amanda Pedersen-Henry to take a 2-0 lead. Seton Hall scored, but the Wildcats continued to roll earning three more points on a kill and service ace from Allie Loitz to take a 5-1 lead. Seton hall responded with another point, but Villanova took four of the next five points to force a Pirates timeout with a 9-3 lead. Out of the timeout, the teams traded two-point score streaks all the way to a 15-10 Villanova lead. Loitz had another kill to extend the lead to 16-10, but Seton Hall came roaring back with four straight scores to force a Wildcats timeout at 16-14. Out of the timeout, the Pirates scored twice to tie up the score at 16-16. Seton Hall then took their first lead of the match at 18-17. They extended that lead to 20-18 before Villanova answered back with a point to make it 20-19. Seton Hall led 22-20 late in the set, but the Wildcats were able to score two straight to tie the score at 22-22, forcing a Pirates timeout. Out of the timeout, Seton Hall scored three straight points to finish the set 25-22.
The teams went back and forth to a 5-5 tie to start the second set. Seton Hall scored three straight, but a Mallory Potts kill stopped their run to bring the score to 8-6. Following that kill, the Wildcats scored two straight to tie the set at 8-8. The teams were all tied again at 10-10 after a kill from Amanda Pedersen-Henry, but Seton Hall regained the lead scoring two straight points. The Wildcats responded with two points on kills from Darcy Wolf and Allie Loitz to re-tie the match at 12-12. Seton Hall was then able to rattle off four straight points to force a Villanova timeout trailing 16-12. Out of the timeout, Villanova scored the next three out of five points on kills from Wolf and Potts to narrow the score to 17-15. Seton Hall extended the lead back to four at 20-16, forcing another Wildcats timeout. The teams went back and forth again, bringing the set to 22-18 Pirates. Villanova took three of the next five to make the score 24-21, then an Allie Loitz service ace forced a Pirates timeout with the score at 24-22. Out of the timeout, Seton Hall had a kill to win the set 25-22.
Villanova started out the set with three straight points on a kill from Remy Fairchild (Southlake, Texas) and a service ace from Allie Loitz. Seton Hall answered back, but the Wildcats remained in the lead 6-3. Seton Hall scored again, but Villanova scored two straight points on kills from Mallory Potts and Allie Olsonoski (New Orleans, La.) to force a Pirates timeout leading 8-4. Each team scored twice out of the timeout as Villanova sustained a four point lead at 10-6. The Wildcats continued the momentum, extending their lead to 15-8 after a kill from Emma Decker. The two teams traded points to all the way to a 19-12 Wildcats lead before the Pirates took three straight points to bring the set to 19-15. Villanova took three of the next five points to take a late 22-17 lead. The teams each scored twice before Villanova closed out the set 25-19 on another kill from Olsonoski.
Villanova continued their momentum from the second set to take a 5-3 lead in the second set after kills from Mallory Potts and Amanda Pedersen-Henry and an Allie Loitz service ace. After Seton Hall tied the set at 6-6, Villanova rattled off four straight points to take a 10-6 lead and force a Pirates timeout. Out of the timeout, each team scored twice to bring the score to 12-8. The Wildcats scored again, but Seton Hall responded with three straight points to bring the score to 13-11. They continued their score streak out of the Villanova timeout to tie the score at 13-13. Seton Hall took their first lead of the set at 15-14, and then took three of the next five points to extend that lead to 18-16. Two more points for the Pirates forced the Wildcats to take a timeout late in the set trailing 20-16. The Wildcats scored two straight times following the timeout, then swapped points with Seton Hall to a score of 21-19. Villanova took three of the next five scores to force a Seton Hall timeout at 23-22. The Wildcats battled back but fell short 25-23.
Head Coach Josh Steinbach had this to say following the match, “I thought we played hard at the end. We just couldn’t make a key play down the stretch that we needed.”
Next in their Schedule:
The Wildcats return home on Saturday, October 14th for a conference match against first place Marquette at 2 p.m. Following that, they have another BIG EAST match on Sunday, October 15th at 2 p.m. against DePaul. Both matches are at Jake Nevin Field House.