Sept. 5, 2008
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Led by senior Dana Tartazky with a career-high 21 kills, the Villanova volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25) match to George Washington on Friday, Sept. 5 at the Penn State Tournament.
Junor Chelsea Graman dished out 59 assists, while four `Cats collected double figure digs. Junior Amy Gulyas tallied 17 with freshman Kim Maroon taking 16 digs. Tartazky and Graman each notched a double double for the match, turning in 11 digs.
After an early 6-6 tie in the first set, George Washington scored four unanswered points to force the `Cats to call timeout. Trailing 18-13, Tartazky posted a kill and the Colonials committed an error as Villanova pulled within four points, 18-14, and George Washington used its first timeout. Tartazky hit back-to-back kills as the Wildcats closed the score to 18-16, and VU pulled within a point following another kill from Tartazky. VU took the lead at 22-12 following a kill from Petkovich. With the score tied at 24 apiece, the Colonials had a block to serve for set point at 25-24 and took the first stanza, 26-24 following a miscue from the Wildcats. Tartazky finished the first set with eight kills and just one error.
Falling behind 9-4 early in the second set, Villanova used its first timeout to regroup. Graman served an ace as the Wildcats pulled within three points at 14-11, and George Washington called timeout. Still serving, Graman had another ace as VU crept within a point, 14-13, but the Colonials responded taking the next point. Mergen slammed back-to-back kills as the Wildcats grabbed a 17-16 lead and increased it to 18-16 as GW used its final timeout. Petkovich notched a kill to have VU serve for set point with a 24-20 lead, but a service error forced another try. Petkovich hit the final kill as the `Cats earned a 25-21 victory in the second stanza. Mergen and Tartazky each hit four kills in the set.
The third set had each team trading points with a 7-7 tie early, but the Colonials pulled away with a 13-9 lead and forced the Wildcats to call timeout. Freshman Kim Maroon served an ace to pull within a point at 14-13 and Tartazky tied the game at 15 following a kill. Petkovich gave the Wildcats an 18-17 lead following a kill and kept them ahead, 21-20 scoring another point. After George Washington took a 23-22 lead, VU used its final timeout with the Colonials serving for match point at 24-22, but Tartazky slammed a kill to force another try. George Washington took the third set, 25-23. Petkovich and Mergen led the Wildcats with five kills apiece.
Villanova took a quick 9-5 lead over the Colonials in the fourth frame, leading George Washington to call a timeout. A kill from Mergen increased the Wildcats' lead to five and kept them in front, 13-8 after smashing another kill. Villanova saw its lead reduced to a point, 14-13, following a block from the Colonials and called a timeout. After the break George Washington tied the set at 14, but Petkovich earned a point off of a kill to regain the lead. The Colonials took a 22-21 lead sending VU to the bench for its final timeout, then served for match point at 24-21, but VU held them off. George Washington won the fourth set, 25-22 and earned a 3-1 match victory.
The Wildcats return to the court on Saturday, Sept. 6 when they face Long Island at 3 p.m. and Penn State at 8 p.m.