Nov. 9, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova volleyball team (12-13, 4-8 BIG EAST) dropped under .500 for the first since the Maryland Invitational (Sept. 14), after Butler (20-6, 7-4 BIG EAST) topped the Wildcats, 3-0 (25-7, 25-18, 25-17), Saturday night at the Jake Nevin Field House.
The struggles continued as the Wildcats hit .037 with two blocks as a team, while the Bulldogs hit a superb .376 from the field and added eight blocks. Those numbers seemed to be the difference in the match as Villanova failed to get in a rhythm throughout the night.
Set one was all Butler as the team jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. The Wildcats never got anything going in the opening stanza and eventually fell, 25-7.
Villanova fared a little better in set two. However, Maggie Harbison of Butler was too much for the Wildcats as she registered seven kills (.636) in the 25-18, set two victory. Freshman Claire Crutchfield finished with her best set of the night, recording five kills on 13 attacks (.308).
Down two sets to none heading into the intermission, Butler would lean on Villanova to eventually capture the match. After Stephanie Kranda's (Butler) eighth kill of the night, the Wildcats would fall in set three, 25-17.
On a night where libero Mariah Henley was honored with the ball from her 1,500th career dig achieved a couple of weeks ago, the senior responded with a match-high 16 digs, including another service ace to add to her team-high 36 aces.
The Wildcats will return to action tomorrow against Xavier at 3 p.m. The match marks the final home contest of the season and the team will honor Julie Joyce, Carly Edwards and Mariah Henley before first serve as part of their Senior Day festivities.
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