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Wildcats Defeat UConn, 3-1

Oct. 17, 2009

Box Score

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sophomore libero Kim Maroon led the Wildcats' defense with a career-high 45 digs in a 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21) victory over Connecticut on Saturday afternoon in Jake Nevin Fieldhouse

Maroon had more digs than any other player in the NCAA in 2009, with the exception of Cara Hackmann from Missouri State, who collected 46 digs in five sets.

"This was a good win. We defended really well," said head coach Josh Steinbach. "Maggie attacked the ball really well and we played the best defense that we have played all year. It was really fun to watch."

Villanova (15-6, 4-3 BIG EAST) combined for 104 digs in the victory. Senior Amy Gulyas tallied 20 digs, while freshmen Krista Andersen and Kristina Bither posted 16 and 13 digs, respectively.

Sophomore Maggie Mergen led the offense with a career-best 20 kills and no errors to hit .513. Andersen notched 16 kills for a double-double and senior Elysse Studzinski added 11.

Sophomore Courtney Oertli dished out a match-high 45 assists.

Villanova got on the board first in the first set, but saw a 19-15 lead erased by the Huskies, who grabbed a 24-22 lead after a kill and went on to win, 25-23.

Trailing 3-4 in the second frame, Villanova hit five consecutive kills to go in front 7-4, and was able to extend the lead to 13-6 as UConn called a timeout. Gulyas took the ball to serve for the `Cats with a 19-12 advantage and Mergen hit three kills in a row to go up, 22-12. Oertli tipped the ball over the net to serve for set point at 24-14 and Gulyas connected on the play to win the set, 25-14. Villanova hit .459 in the frame, while holding the Huskies to just .125.



Trailing 11-9 in the third set, VU used a 7-1 run to take a 16-12 lead and send the Huskies into a timeout. After the break Villanova had Gulyas, Mergen and Andersen find the floor to extend it is lead to 21-17 as UConn used its last timeout. Mergen and Andersen connected for back-to-back kills before Oertli slammed the ball to the floor to give the Wildcats a 25-17 victory.

Gulyas served two aces in the fourth set helping VU to a quick 7-3 lead as the Huskies called a timeout. UConn regained the lead, 10-9, after the break before three consecutive kills from Mergen, Andersen and Bither put Villanova back in front, 16-13. The Wildcats used a timeout after UConn closed to within two points, 20-18, and the Huskies tied the set at 20 apiece after a service ace. With a 22-21 advantage, `Nova scored three points, including a service ace from Maroon, to seal the match victory for Villanova.

The Wildcats are back on the court Sunday, Oct. 18 to host St. John's at 2:00 p.m.