Nov. 18, 2011
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The 2011 Villanova volleyball season came to a close on Friday afternoon as the Wildcats fell 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-16) in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship hosted by Marquette University.
Cincinnati opened the first set with a 7-2 stretch and extended its lead to 12-4 forcing the Wildcats to use their final timeout. After the break, Petkovich connected for a kill and Mergen followed with an ace to close the gap, 12-7. Sophomores Allison Williams and Carly Edwards teamed up for a block, but the Bearcats continued to lead 15-9. Cincinnati closed out the first set on a 10-2 run with a final score of 25-11.
Williams found the floor for a kill in the second frame that pushed Villanova in front, 4-2. Williams connected for another kill, but the Bearcats cruised ahead to an 11-6 lead and Villanova called its first timeout. A kill from Petkovich had the score at 16-10, but two quick points from the Bearcats forced the Wildcats into their final timeout. After the break DiBernardo served an ace and Williams smashed a kill, but Cincinnati still led, 19-13. A 6-1 run for the Bearcats closed out the set with a 25-14 victory.
Mergen slammed a kill in the third set to put Villanova on the board and Petkovich connected for a kill as the Bearcats held on to a 5-3 lead. Cincinnati went on a 6-1 run and had the Wildcats use a timeout to regroup. A 4-0 run for the Bearcats sent Villanova back to the sidelines. With Cincinnati leading 23-11, Maroon served back-to-back aces and `Nova closed the gap to 23-13. Mergen connected on a kill at 24-15, but the Bearcats closed out the set and won the match, 3-0.
Villanova concludes its season at 17-13. The Wildcats finished with an 8-6 BIG EAST record this season.