Nov. 24, 2013
OMAHA, Neb.The Villanova volleyball team (12-17, 4-12 BIG EAST) concluded its season Sunday afternoon after Creighton topped the Wildcats, 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-21), at the D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb.
"Story of our year has been our ability to be in every set and match but our inability to pull those out," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "I'm proud of our seniors who have been outstanding teammates. It was especially nice to have Julie Joyce dial up an ace in her last appearance."
Villanova came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. The Wildcats were either up or tied for the majority of set one, which included back-and-forth action with 15 tie scores and 5 lead changes. Tied at 23-23, Kelli Browning of Creighton registered consecutive kills to give the Blue Jays a one set advantage.
Creighton (21-7, 12-4 BIG EAST) jumped out to an early lead in the second stanza, which they never surrendered. Behind a .250 hitting percentage, the Blue Jays won set two, 25-14, and took a two sets to none lead into the break.
Following the intermission, the Wildcats would keep it close until the conclusion of the match. In the end, Creighton was too efficient on offense and ended the final stanza hitting .295 as a team, propelling them to a 25-21 victory.
After appearing in all three sets today, senior captain Mariah Henley has now played in the ninth most sets, 435, in school history. The libero registered 13 digs and an ace to cap off her memorable career at Villanova.
Emma Pettit was one dig shy of her eighth double-double of the season, after she tallied 30 assists on the afternoon. The sophomore owns 1,817 assists in her brief career, claiming the No. 8 slot on the Villanova career assists total, which moved her past Cathy Arnette (1,803).
After 32 total attacks today from Lauren Carpenter, she has now totaled 1,159 total attempts on the season. The sophomore has now cracked the top-10 for most attempts in a single season at Villanova and moved all the way to No. 7 on the list, tied with Morgan Petkovich in 2010.
Sophomore Gabby Pethokoukis led Villanova with 11 kills on 27 attacks (.296) and two blocks. Junior Molly O'Neil provided a spark off the bench for the Wildcats to tally nine kills on 23 attacks (.348).
The Wildcats finish the season seventh according to the BIG EAST standings, following a 4-12 conference record. Creighton will hold a two seed in the postseason tournament and are set to take on Xavier in the semifinals Nov. 29.