May 4, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova volleyball squad has completed its spring tournament schedule and will be off until the fall 2012 season begins when the team reports back on August 9.
The Wildcats have eight returning from last year's team and will welcome seven freshmen to the roster.
Villanova faced American, Maryland, George Washington, Navy, Lafayette, Delaware, Princeton and Penn during spring tournaments and head coach Josh Steinbach was pleased with what he saw.
"This group really stepped in to new roles in the spring," Steinbach said. "We have seven new players coming in for the fall so figuring out our team will start in August, but it was important this spring to get all of our returning players ready to compete this fall. I am excited to put of new team together."
Krista Andersen will be a captain of the 2012 squad and will be stepping up to lead the Wildcats' offense.
"Krista had a really good spring. She hit well and showed signs of being the attacker that she was her freshman year, which was encouraging," Steinbach said. "She is a natural leader and will be the pulse of our team as a captain."
Mariah Henley will be stepping into the libero roll in the fall after playing setllar defense for Villanova in her first two seasons.
"Mariah is comfortable playing libero and competed well in the position throughout the spring," Steinbach said.
Carly Edwards will be looked at to provide solid offense for Villanova and become more of an impact on the court.
"Carly made big strides and improvement this spring," said Steinbach. "I fully expect her to be able to score on a regular basis this fall."
Molly O'Neil stepped into an offensive role in the spring and took some swings along the net, while Allie DiBernardo, who stepped into a starting setter role as a freshman continued to set for Villanova all spring and became more comfortable with the Wildcats' system.
Overall, Steinbach felt his squad put together a successful spring season and will only become more comfortable with new position with the arrival of the seven newcomers in August.