Oct. 18, 2008
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.
Freshman Laurie McNamara posted a career-high 15 kills with a .256 hitting percentage.
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.