Rally Falls Short as Wildcats Drop a 3-2 Contest at Seton Hall
Oct. 30, 2011
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Four players notched double figure kills, but it was not enough as the Villanova volleyball team (15-10, 7-4 BIG EAST) fell 3-2 (19-25, 22-25, 25-26, 25-28, 15-9) at Seton Hall on Sunday.
The Wildcats were down two sets to the Pirates, but stormed back after the 10-minute intermission to win the next two sets before falling to Seton Hall in the fifth and final set.
Junior Morgan Petkovich led the way with her sixth double-double of the season as she posted 20 kills and 15 digs. Senior Maggie Mergen and sophomore Allison Williams each recorded 13 kills. It was a career high for Williams who also tallied a .400 hitting percentage. Junior Krista Andersen was also in double figure kills with 11.
Freshman Allie DiBernardo posted her fifth double-double of the season as she gave out a career-best 53 assists to her teammates and had 14 digs.
Senior Kim Maroon led defensively with a match-high 38 digs. It was the eighth time this season in which she has collected 30+ digs. Sophomore Mariah Henley posted 10 digs in the match as the Wildcats combined for 97 digs.
The Pirates won the first set 25-19 and the second, 25-22.
In the third frame, Villanova jumped out to a 14-9 advantage, which sent the Pirates into a timeout. After the break, Henley continued to serve for four additional points and an 18-9 lead. Seton Hall called timeout trailing 20-12, but Williams, Mergen and Andersen smashed the final three kills and the Wildcats won the set25-16.
Petkovich connected on a kill in the fourth set to give Villanova an 18-13 lead. The Wildcats scored three unanswered points to send Seton Hall into a timeout. Mergen found the floor for a kill after the break, but three consecutive errors from the Pirates led to Villanova winning the set, 25-18.
In the fifth and final stanza, Seton Hall took a quick 5-2 lead and the Wildcats called timeout. Petkovich and Williams connected on kills, but the Pirates extended their lead to 9-4, which sent Villanova into its final timeout. Andersen connected on back-to-back kills and Maroon served an ace to close the gap to 11-7, but a 4-2 slide from Seton Hall closed out the set 15-9 with the Pirates taking the victory.
Villanova will travel to South Florida on Friday, Nov. 4 to take on the Bulls at 7:00 p.m. The Wildcats will also play a non-conference match at Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 4:00 p.m.