Wildcats Stumble at Marquette
Oct. 26, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - In the first of two road matches this weekend, the Villanova volleyball team suffered another setback as Marquette concludes the regular season sweep over the Wildcats with a, 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 27-25), shutout Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
"The team played well but just couldn't get over the hump in any one game," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "Mariah, Gabby and Lauren were all outstanding."
The loss to second place Marquette (14-5, 6-1 BIG EAST) drops Villanova to 11-10 overall and 3-5 in the BIG EAST. The Wildcats have now dropped three of their last seven matches away from the Jake Nevin Field House.
Despite the score, the Wildcats played the Golden Eagles tight throughout the match, which included a several Villanova leads. In a heated third set, the Wildcats took a 21-17 lead late in the match. Nonetheless, Marquette would rally back to force tie scores at 22, 23, 24 and 25 points before a pair of Autumn Bailey kills captured the sweep for the Golden Eagles.
"Against what might be the best team in the league we were right there, but we have to find the little extra to extend that match into four or five sets so that we have a shot," Steinbach added.
In a first set that involved four tie scores, Marquette jumped out to an early lead and was up 20-15 and on the verge of making the set out of hand. However, the Wildcats rallied back and cut the deficit to one point late in the stanza to 24-23 before an Autumn Bailey kill put the set away (25-23).
Both teams would trade points throughout set two and force a match-high seven tie scores and five lead changes. In the end, the Wildcats would fall 21-25 to the Golden Eagles and go down 0-2 into the intermission.
Sophomore Lauren Carpenter has now recorded double-digit kills for the 15th consecutive time this season after registering a match-high 15 kills. Fellow sophomore Gabby Pethokoukis recorded seven kills on 18 attacks (.278). Freshman
Claire Crutchfield tallied eight kills on 19 attacks (.319).
On the defensive front, senior libero Mariah Henley continued her impressive play and added 20 digs in three sets. Sophomore setter Emma Pettit tuned in a solid all-around performance with a match-high 36 assists, eight digs, two kills (.500) and two blocks.
Villanova has a short turnaround as the team will return to action tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Wildcats seek a regular season sweep over DePaul (15-4, 1-4 BIG EAST).