Oct. 28, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Freshman outside hitter Lauren Carpenter (Lakewood, Colo.) had five of her team-high 10 kills in the third set but Villanova (11-15, 5-6 BIG EAST) came up short in a 3-0 loss to Marquette (20-4, 10-1 BIG EAST) at Jake Nevin Field House on Sunday afternoon. The set scores were 25-13, 25-16 and 25-23 in favor of the Golden Eagles, who won three of the final four points in a seesaw third set to close out the match.
After being overwhelmed in the first two sets the Wildcats battled to the very last point in the third frame, which featured 13 tie scores and six lead changes. The score was never more than a two-point margin in the entire set and there were ties at 18, 19, 21 and 22 before Marquette scored back-to-back points to take the lead for good.
Carpenter accounted for seven points in the last set for Villanova thanks to her five kills and a pair of solo blocks. Freshman middle blocker Brittany Rembert (Orlando, Fla.) added three kills and senior outside hitter Krista Andersen (Lakeland, Fla.) chipped in two kills in the set to keep the Wildcats in the hunt.
Villanova had just one lead in the first two sets and that came after Rembert put down a kill for the first point in the second set. Powerful hitting sparked the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 lead behind a .431 attack percentage through the first two sets. Marquette wound up hitting .297 for the match while limiting the Wildcats to only 30 kills and a .107 attack percentage.
Rembert finished the day with six kills and only one error while hitting .263 and finishing second to Carpenter in total attempts. Freshman outside hitter Colleen Hickey (West Chester, Pa.) continued her recent run of solid play with five kills, an ace and a block assist, while freshman setter Emma Pettit (Ft. Collins, Colo.) registered 22 assists to go along with two kills, a solo block and three digs.
Leading the Golden Eagles for the day was the tandem of Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens, who both reached double figures in kills. Carlson had a match-best 13 kills and totaled four block assists, while Mertens recorded 10 kills and five total blocks. Marquette also got a lift in the second set from Lindsey Gosh, who had all three of her service aces during that frame.
The match closed out a string of four straight home contests for Villanova, which has just one remaining home match now. Next up the Wildcats will go on the road for matches at Louisville and Cincinnati next weekend, with a 7 p.m. match at Louisville first up on Friday night.