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Villanova Rallies Back From Deficit, but Falls 3-2 to Seton Hall

Oct. 18, 2008

Box Score

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Villanova volleyball team fought back from being down, 2-0, to force a fifth set, but was unable to come away with the win as it fell, 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 12-15), at Seton Hall on Saturday evening.

Senior Dana Tartazky and junior Chelsea Graman each posted double-double as Tartazky connected on 20 kill and tallied 14 digs. Graman dished out a match-high 50 assists and collected 13 digs.

Freshman Laurie McNamara posted a career-high 15 kills with a .256 hitting percentage.

Junior Amy Gulyas and sophomore Bea Ayala each had 15 and 11 digs respectively.

"Laurie McNamara returned from being sick and played really well tonight," head coach Josh Steinbach said. "She fought really hard and had a great energy on the court."

Graman served an ace to help the Wildcats tie the score at 7-7 in the first set and Tartazky gave Villanova an 8-7 lead after connecting on a kill. A block from McNamara and Graman put the Wildcats in front 14-12, and forced Seton Hall to call timeout holding on to an 18-15 advantage. The Pirates tied the score at 18 apiece following the break and sent Villanova to the sidelines to regroup as they took a 19-18 lead. Seton Hall served for set point with a 24-22 lead and earned the first victory following an error from the Wildcats. Tartazky hit five kills in the frame.

After falling behind 8-4 in the second frame, the Wildcats were able to close the gap at 11-9, and tied the score at 14 each, following a miscue from the Pirates. Senior Kaela Frizzell served an ace to keep the score tied at 17, and VU took its first lead at 19-18 following a kill from Mergen. Villanova called its first timeout when Seton Hall took a 23-22 lead, and used its final break when Seton Hall took a 24-22 lead to serve for set point. Seton Hall earned the second set victory, 25-23. Tartazky tallied six kills in the second stanza.



Villanova called a quick timeout in the third set after falling behind 7-3, but were able to use a 10-6 run to tie the score at 13-13 following an ace from Frizzell. Freshman Morgan Petkovich served an ace to give the Wildcats their first lead at 15-14, but the Pirates took back the lead at 21-20 following a kill. A block from McNamara and Petkovich tied the score back at 22-22, but a kill from McNamara gave VU a 23-22 advantage and forced Seton Hall to call timeout. Petkovich served an ace to give VU a 24-22 lead and McNamara closed the set with a victory for Villanova after connecting on a kill, her fifth of the set.

The Wildcats took a quick 6-2 lead in the fourth frame, and pushed it to 9-4 to send Seton Hall into a timeout. After an error from the Pirates, Villanova held a 17-13 lead and pushed it out to 20-16 as Seton Hall used its final timeout. The Pirates went on a 5-2 run to close the gap to just a point, 22-21, and forced VU to call timeout. After an error from Seton Hall, Frizzell served for set point, but the Pirates scored. A block from Petkovich and McNamara secured the fourth set victory and evened the match score.

In the fifth and deciding set the Wildcats fell behind, 3-1, but rallied back to take a 5-3 lead following an error from the Pirates. Villanova reached eight points first with an 8-6 lead as the teams switched sides of the court, but two unanswered points from the Pirates tied the score 8-8. A kill from Petkovich tied the score at 10 each, as an ace from Tartazky gave VU the lead. The Pirates called timeout trailing 12-10, and were able to tie the set at 12. Seton Hall served for match point at 14-12, and earned the victory.

The Wildcats will return to action in Jake Nevin Fieldhouse on Saturday, Oct. 25 when they host Notre Dame beginning at 2:00 p.m.