Chicago, Ill. – Remy Fairchild (Southlake, Texas) finished with 13 kills on a .480 hitting percentage as Villanova beat DePaul in three straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-16) on Friday afternoon.
Villanova (16-10, 9-6 BIG EAST) Team Stats
3 serve aces
DePaul (8-20, 2-14) Team Stats
6 serve aces
Villanova Individual Stats
Remy Fairchild: 13 kills, 11 digs, .480 hit pct.
Allie Olsonoski (New Orleans, La.): 12 kills, 12 points, .500 hit pct.
Amanda Pedersen-Henry (Murrieta, Calif.): 10 kills, 3 blocks, .333 hit pct.
Emma Decker (LaGrange, Ill.): 5 kills, 39 assists, 2 blocks
DePaul Individual Stats
Brittany Maxwell: 10 kills, 10.5 points, .286 hit pct.
Kelsey Horvath: 20 assists, 4 digs, 2 kills
Haley Bueser: 15 digs, 3 assists
DePaul got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead quickly to start the match. They extended their lead all the way to 9-2 before Villanova started their run. The Wildcats scored four straight points on kills from Darcy Wolf (Allentown, Pa.) and Myah Massenburg (Glen Allen, Va.) to bring the score to 9-6. The Wildcats finally tied the set at 13-13 and the teams traded scores to a 16-16 tie. Villanova took their first lead of the set at 17-16 following an attack error by the Blue Demons, forcing them to take a timeout. DePaul retied the match at 17, and again at 18 but the Wildcats were able to score two straight points behind a kill from Amanda Pedersen-Henry. The Blue Demons brought it back within one at 20-19, but Villanova scored three straight points to take a late 23-19 lead. DePaul scored one more time before Pedersen-Henry and Remy Fairchild closed out the set with back to back kills at 25-20 Wildcats.
The second set began with the two teams trading points to a 6-6 tie. Villanova then scored two straight points on kills from Fairchild and Emma Decker and continued that two score lead to 10-8. DePaul tied up the set at 10 and the teams traded scores to a 13-13 tie. The Wildcats then scored three straight times on kills from Fairchild and Decker again to take a 16-13 lead. The Blue Demons scored two in a row to get it back within one, but Villanova remained in the lead forcing a DePaul timeout up 20-17. After a kill from Allie Olsonoski, the Wildcats took a four point lead late at 22-18. The Blue Demons scored twice more in the set before the Wildcats closed it out on two kills from Pedersen-Henry to take the set 25-20.
Villanova picked up where they left off in the second set, starting out to a 4-1 lead on a kill from Remy Fairchild. They continued to roll, taking a 7-3 lead forcing a Blue Demons timeout. Out of the timeout, the Wildcats scored two more times to take a 9-3 lead before DePaul stopped the run. The Blue Demons scored out of the timeout but immediately after that the Wildcats went on an impressive 10-1 run to take a commanding 19-6 lead late in the set. DePaul wasn’t going down without a fight, going on an 8-2 run of their own forcing a Wildcats timeout still leading 21-14. Villanova stopped the run out of the timeout on a kill from Darcy Wolf and only allowed DePaul to score twice more, finishing out the set 25-16, winning the match 3-0.
Following the big road win for Villanova, Head Coach Josh Steinbach had this to say, “Road wins are hard to come by in our league and we’re excited to get one. Emma (Decker) did a nice job serving and spreading the offense which is so big for us. Allie O. and Amanda (Pedersen-Henry) had great matches offensively as well. We will have to keep improving for our match tomorrow at Marquette.”
Next in their Schedule:
Villanova travels to Milwaukee, Wisconsin tomorrow for a 7 p.m. matchup against Marquette.