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Aug. 31, 1997

Villanova Wins Temple Tournament

Villanova, Pa. -- After falling behind two games to one, Villanova came back to defeat Temple 3-2 at McGonigle Hall to win the Temple Tournament this afternoon. Yesterday, the Wildcats defeated both Rice and George Mason, 3-0, to reach today's title game.

After winning the first game 15-7, the Wildcats dropped the next two to the Owls, 15-6 and 15-13. Behind All-Tournament selections Stacy Evans (Sr., Los Altos, CA.) and Elizabeth Jones (Jr., Los Altos, CA.), Villanova answered with a comeback of their own taking the final two games 15-10 and 17-15, to remain undefeated at 3-0. In the decisive fifth game, the Cats battled back from an 8-3 deficit to win the game and the match.

Evans led Villanova with 23 kills and 21 digs, while Jones had 17 kills and 26 digs. Breen Eddinger, starting in her freshman season on the Main Line, added 16 kills for the Wildcats.