Nov. 4, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - Junior Krista Andersen paved the way in her home state on Friday evening with 12 kills as the Villanova volleyball team (16-10, 8-4 BIG EAST) defeated USF 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23).
Senior Kim Maroon collected 26 digs in the match.
The Bulls got out to an 11-8 lead in the first set as Villanova called timeout, but the `Cats came out of the break on a 5-2 run after kills from Andersen and Mergen. Mergen found the floor for a kill and a 15-13 lead before serving an ace to extend the gap to 18-15 forcing USF to call timeout. An error from the Bulls gave Villanova set point, 24-19 and though USF kept the set going for three additional points, Petkovich smashed a kill and the Wildcats won the set, 25-22.
Villanova called its first timeout trailing 17-14 in the second set. Sophomore Allison Williams connected for two kills and the Wildcats closed the gap to one point, 19-18, but USF scored on back-to-back plays and led 21-19 forcing Villanova into its second timeout. The Bulls used a 4-1 run to close out the frame with a 25-20 victory.
The teams traded points back-and-forth in the third set, but Villanova took a 12-10 lead after two errors from the Bulls. Mergen served an ace to give the Wildcats a 16-13 lead, which sent USF into a timeout. The Bulls came to within one point on multiple occasions after the break, but two kills from Williams closed out the set with a 25-20 win.
The forth set was extremely close as the score tied nine times before Villanova called timeout with the score tied at 19 even. Petkovich slammed a kill and consecutive errors from the Bulls kept the Wildcats in front, 22-20. After the Bulls took a timeout, Petkovich and Andersen slammed kills and Andersen found the floor for the matching-winning kill, a 25-23 victory.
Villanova will travel to non-conference opponent Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday. The match is slated to being at 4:00 p.m.