Oct. 17, 2012
NEWARK, Del. - In its final non-conference match of the regular season Villanova (10-12) was swept on the road, falling to Delaware (10-12) by a 3-0 final at Bob Carpenter Center on Wednesday night. The set scores were 25-16, 25-11 and 25-22 as a shorthanded Wildcats lineup was plagued by early deficits in each of the first two sets.
Junior libero Mariah Henley (Hockessin, Del.) led the Villanova defense with 23 digs and reached at least 20 digs in a match for the 12th time this season. She had a terrific opening set and came up with 16 digs just in that frame.
From an offensive standpoint the Wildcats were led with eight kills from freshman middle blocker Brittany Rembert (Orlando, Fla.). Senior middle blocker CeCe Twitty (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had five kills and a team-high four block assists while freshman outside hitter Lauren Carpenter (Lakewood, Colo.) chipped in with five kills and three total blocks.
After dropping the first two sets Villanova came back energized from the 10-minute break before the third set and got out to a 7-3 lead. During that stretch to start the set Carpenter and Rembert put down two kills apiece and Twitty contributed a kill and an ace to create a little bit of momentum.
Shortly after that point in the set however, the Blue Hens turned the tables for good. After an ace by Henley gave the Wildcats a 10-8 lead Delaware scored four unanswered points as part of a 9-2 run and eventually led 17-12 after consecutive kills. Down the stretch Villanova twice trimmed the deficit to one point (20-19 and 23-22) but the Blue Hens got consecutive kills from Alissa Alker after a timeout to close out the set and the match.
Rembert had five of her eight kills in the third set and Twitty totaled three kills and two block assists in the final frame of the match. Setting duties for the evening were split between sophomore Allie DiBernardo (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and freshman Emma Pettit (Ft. Collins, Colo.) and they finished with 13 and 11 assists, respectively. Both players had six assists in the last set.
In the first two sets the Wildcats fell behind early and were never able to recover. Delaware raced out of the gates by taking an 8-0 lead in the first set. That margin stretched into a 14-4 advantage before Villanova found its footing and used an 8-2 spurt to pull within four points at 16-12. That was as close as the Wildcats would get before the Blue Hens finished out the set with a nine-point scoring margin.
Villanova trailed 6-3 early in the second set when Delaware went on another big run, this time scoring nine of the next 10 points to take a 14-4 lead. The Wildcats never cut the margin back into single digits before the Blue Hens were able to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Villanova returns to BIG EAST play this weekend. To this point in the season the Wildcats have played five of their seven conference matches on the road but will now play four straight matches at home in the next two weeks. The home stand kicks off with a match against DePaul at 7 p.m. on Friday night.