Nov. 9, 2007
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Villanova University volleyball team (16-11, 8-5 BIG EAST) fell tonight (Nov. 9) to Syracuse University (20-12, 7-6 BIG EAST) in what could be considered their most competitive match of the year, 3-1.
Senior Alona Cherkez led all the Wildcats getting a season-high 33 kills and 10 digs. Junior Dana Tartazky chipped in with 16 kills and a team-high 17 digs while senior Kacy Sellers ripped off 15 kills.
Sophomore Chelsea Graman dished out 61 assists as the setter.
In game one the Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and at one point lead the game by 10 points. Following a small come back by the Orange that cut the lead to four the `Cats took a timeout and gathered themselves for the final push. They rebuilt their lead and took game one 30-23.
Game two was a much different story as Villanova and Syracuse battled back-and-forth throughout the session. The Wildcats were able to give themselves three game-points but were unable to capitalize as the Orange went on to win 33-31 and tie the match 1-1.
The third game was an epic battle in which both teams found themselves with their backs on the wall. The game ranks as the longest of the year for the Wildcats as they fell 39-37.
The fourth and decisive game was another nail biter as Syracuse jumped out to an early lead and never surrendered it till the end. VU fell 30-27 and will look to solidify their playoff hopes Sunday against Marquette.