Nov. 10, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The final weekend of the regular season began with a 3-0 loss for Villanova (11-18, 5-9 BIG EAST), which fell by set scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-21 to Syracuse (11-18, 3-10 BIG EAST) in the Women's Building on Friday night. With six matches to be played on Sunday when the regular season concludes, the potential postseason scenarios became a little clearer and the Wildcats remain in contention for a spot in the BIG EAST Championships next week.
Villanova will host Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. A win for the Wildcats in that match, coupled with a Seton Hall loss at Syracuse, would enable Villanova to clinch a spot in the conference tournament. Sunday is also Senior Day at Jake Nevin Field House and there will be a great deal of excitement for both the pre-match ceremony to honor the Wildcats senior class as well as the implications for the outcome of the match.
Tonight's contest against the Orange was a rematch from earlier this season when Villanova tallied a 3-1 win over Syracuse during Homecoming Weekend. In that match the Wildcats lost the first set but came back to rattle off wins in the next three frames to claim the win. It was in the fourth set of that victory that Villanova really exerted complete control of the match.
On their home court this time around the Orange were far more consistent and hit .320 as a team while committing only nine attack errors in the match. All season long the Wildcats have been a very resilient team but Syracuse closed out the match with a .433 attack percentage in the third set to thwart any thoughts of a Villanova rally.
Senior outside hitter Krista Andersen (Lakeland, Fla.) led the Wildcats with nine kills on 23 attempts, while also coming up with five digs and one block assist. Freshman outside hitter Lauren Carpenter (Lakewood, Colo.) and first-year middle blocker Brittany Rembert (Orlando, Fla.) chipped in with seven kills apiece, while sophomore setter Allie DiBernardo (Coto de Caza, Calif.) ran the offense with 33 assists.
One of the bright spots in the match for Villanova was its serving, as the team tallied seven aces for the night. Sophomore defensive specialist Ally Moskitis (Long Beach, Calif.) had three aces to lead the Wildcats and senior middle blocker CeCe Twitty (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had two. The seven team aces are tied for the second most Villanova has had in a conference match this season, while Moskitis also registered her second-highest ace count of the season versus a league foe.
Junior libero Mariah Henley (Hockessin, Del.) anchored the Wildcats defense with 17 digs and Villanova finished the night with 47 digs as a team.
The pre-match ceremony to honor the Wildcats seniors on Sunday begins at 2 p.m. and the match itself will get underway shortly thereafter. Villanova also has an autograph session planned after the conclusion of the match.