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Villanova Drops Heartbreaker to USF, 3-2

Oct. 27, 2007

Box Score

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova University volleyball team (14-10, 6-4 BIG EAST) dropped a heartbreaker to the University of South Florida (15-6, 6-3 BIG EAST) this afternoon (Oct. 27). Up 2-1 going into the fourth game the Wildcats were unable to pull off the conference victory falling 3-2.

VU was paced by senior Alona Cherkez and sophomore Chelsea Graman who each recorded double-doubles in the match. Cherkez had team-highs 23 kills and 17 digs while Graman picked up 60 assists and 10 digs.

Junior Dana Tartazky and senior Kacy Sellers were impressive as well as they each had double-digit kills with 18 and 16, respectively. Junior Emily Brown picked up 14 digs from her libero position.

The Wildcats had a total of 10 blocks with Sellers getting the majority of them with six.

Cherkez now stands 11 kills away from tying the all-time single season record for kills at Villanova. Cherkez has 534 while the record is 545 held by Pam Clifford who achieved the mark in 1990 in which she played 39 matches which is 15 more than Cherkez.

She also stands 27 kills away from the single-season BIG EAST record of kills in a conference season.

USF gave VU one of the toughest and most energetic matches of the year as both teams went back-and-forth as they are battling for position for postseason play. If the season were to end today both Villanova and USF would continue on to the BIG EAST tournament.

The game scores from today were 26-30, 30-27, 30-19, 26-30 and 12-15.

Villanova will next be in action tomorrow, Sunday, October 28th at 2 p.m. as they host Georgetown in their final home contest of the year.