Villanova Falls, 3-0, at Cincinnati
Oct. 12, 2008
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Villanova volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (20-25, 15-25, 17-25), contest at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats are now 11-9 overall and drop to a 2-3 mark in the BIG EAST.
A kill from Petkovich put Villanova within one point, 8-7, in the first frame, but following consecutive miscues from the `Cats, Villanova used a timeout. After the break, Mergen launched back-to-back aces and VU used a 5-2 run to force the Bearcats into a timeout with the score at 18-17. Cincinnati's offense regrouped and the Wildcats used their final timeout trailing 23-20, but errors from VU gave Cincinnati a 25-20 victory in the first.
The Bearcats jumped to a quick 7-2 lead in the second set, but a kill from Mergen pulled Villanova to within two points, 12-10. Four consecutive points from Cincinnati sent `Nova into a timeout trailing, 16-10, but the Wildcats' offense could not find a groove as they fell, 25-15 in the second stanza.
Junior Elysse Studzinski connected on a kill in the third frame as the Wildcats trailed 8-6, but the Bearcats scored two unanswered points and Villanova called its first timeout, trailing 10-6. A 5-3 run from the Bearcats sent Villanova back to the bench in its final timeout as UC led 15-9. The score was 18-12 after Petkovich connected on a kill, but Villanova would not threaten the Bearcats and dropped the final set.
The Wildcats will return to the court on Wednesday, Oct. 15 as they travel to Delaware in non-conference action. The match will begin at 7:00 p.m.