Oct. 20, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In their 12th five-game match of the year, the Villanova University volleyball team (14-9, 6-3 BIG EAST) defeated Seton Hall University (11-11, 2-7 BIG EAST), 3-2. The Wildcats are now 8-4 in five-game matches and feel prepared for anything the competition throws at them.
"It seems like we've played a record number of five-gamers," said head coach Josh Steinbach. "As a coach I feel confident with this team going into a fifth game. The team played with a lot of determination today and I'm happy to get another conference win under our belt."
Villanova had several stand-out performances today as sophomore Amy Gulyas moved from libero to the outside hitter position early in the second game to deliver a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. This was the first time she had played at the hitter position since the Delaware match earlier this season. She led the team with a .433 hitting percentage making the most of all the opportunities that were sent her way.
Senior Alona Cherkez continued her impressive campaign as she once again notched a huge double-double with 27 kills and 24 digs both of which were match highs. Sophomore Elysse Studzinski came up big defensively racking up 11 blocks which marks a career high.
Sophomore setter Chelsea Graman came through with another double-double with 56 assists and 17 digs.
As a team the Wildcats had season-highs in blocks and digs with 18 and 87, respectively.
VU took game one 30-23 before falling in game two 30-27. The third game was once again in the Wildcats favor 30-22. Game four went back to the Pirates 30-28 before the Wildcats sealed it with a 15-12 fifth game.
The Wildcats will next be in action Saturday, October 27 at 2 p.m. as they host USF.