Oct. 19, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Following a 3-1 victory over St. John's, the Villanova (11-9, 3-4 BIG EAST) volleyball team dropped the second match of its BIG EAST weekend when Seton Hall topped the Wildcats, 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 26-24, 25-21), Saturday night at the Jake Nevin Field House.
The loss was only Villanova's second at home all-season, and moves the Wildcats to 3-4 in the BIG EAST. The victory gives Seton Hall (10-10, 3-4 BIG EAST) a .500 record for the first time since its second match of the year.
The two teams traded points throughout the first set, which included 12 tie scores and six lead changes. Despite nine kills from Lauren Carpenter and Gabby Pethokoukis collectively, the Wildcats would fall behind early as the Pirates took set one, 25-23.
However, Villanova would answer the door in the second stanza. Behind 10 blocks and a .172 attack percentage as a team, the Wildcats dominated set two, 25-16, to tie the match at the intermission.
Set three involved back-and-forth action once again as both teams hit their best percentage of the night. Following a red card by the Pirates that forced a tie at 24-24, Seton Hall registered consecutive points to claim the stanza, 26-24.Villanova would go on to fall, 21-25, in set four to give the Pirates double-digit wins on the season.
Both teams finished the match with 10 blocks on the evening but Seton Hall edged Villanova .160 to .135 on the attack, which turned out to be the difference maker.
After a career-night for Carpenter against St. John's, the sophomore added a match-high 18 kills to her team-high 293 kills on the season. Pethokoukis finished with 11 kills on 29 attacks (.276 pct.) and five blocks.
Senior Mariah Henley tallied 25 digs for the match with two more service aces to push her career total past the century mark.
The Wildcats will be on the road next weekend when they travel across the country for a pair of BIG EAST matches. Villanova looks to avenge its first home loss of the season when they take on Marquette (11-5, 3-1 BIG EAST) Saturday at 6 pm. The Wildcats will then try to make it a clean sweep against DePaul (15-3, 1-3 BIG EAST) Sunday at 4 p.m.
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