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Volleyball to Conclude Road Stint at Maryland Invitational
Setter Emma Pettit has impressed thus far with a team-high 251 assists and is second with 60 digs.
Setter Emma Pettit has impressed thus far with a team-high 251 assists and is second with 60 digs.

Sept. 12, 2013

Tournament Central

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Wildcats (2-4) volleyball team will make its way to the Comcast Pavilion in College Park, Md. this weekend for its final three-match tournament of this nine-match road stint to begin the season. Villanova will battle with George Mason (2-6) Friday at 5 p.m. before a double header on Saturday with New Hampshire (5-3) at 11 a.m. and host Maryland (5-1) at 7:30 p.m.

The Last Meeting
George Mason0
August 29, 2007
Fairfax, Va.
Villanova Dominates George Mason 3-0 to Open the 2007 Season
The Villanova University volleyball team (1-0) opened up the 2007 season tonight (Aug. 29) with a 3-0 victory over hosting George Mason University (3-2). The win marks the first victory in head coach Josh Steinbach's career at the Main Line and it was a decisive one.

The Last Meeting
August 24, 2012
Villanova, Pa.
Wildcats Battle to the End but Fall to Maryland, 3-0, in Season Opener
In a match that was far tighter than the number of sets played would suggest Villanova (0-1) was defeated 3-0 by Maryland (1-0) in its season opener at Jake Nevin Field House on Friday night. The scores of the three sets were 25-22, 25-19 and 30-28 in Friday's nightcap, as the Villanova Classic kicks off the 2012 season this weekend. New Hampshire tallied a 3-0 win over Robert Morris earlier in the evening to kick off the tournament.

The Last Meeting
New Hampshire2
August 25, 2012
Villanova, Pa.
Lauren Carpenter and Carly Edwards Named to Villanova Classic All-Tournament Team
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Carpenter (Lakewood, Colo.) and junior outside hitter Carly Edwards (Okemos, Mich.) were each named to the Villanova Classic All-Tournament Team on Saturday night after the Wildcats defeated New Hampshire in five sets to claim second place in their home tournament to open the 2012 season.

Villanova eased past a five win Lehigh squad Tuesday, 3-1, in head coach Josh Steinbach's 100th career victory with the program. The Wildcats improved their attack against the Mountain Hawks, accumulating 50 kills on 160 hits with a .162 attack pct.

"We have to continue to attack the ball better," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "Our setter-attacker combination has to continue to smooth out. We have to put up some better hitting numbers. We are really working on our offensive systems (this week) and making sure we're getting our kids in the best position to score."

George Mason lost its season opener, 3-1, to Villanova BIG EAST mate Georgetown and is currently riding a three-match losing streak after consecutive losses to Princeton, Radford and Temple.

"Mason's super well coached. Pat does a really good job with the team and they play hard," Steinbach added. "We're going to focus on the things we're doing, making sure we're taking care of our side of the net and get good swings."

New Hampshire is off to a 5-3 start, which includes a shutout victory against Wildcats BIG EAST foe St. John's, as well as a, 3-2, win over a familiar Lehigh team. Villanova topped New Hampshire, 3-2, to close out its season opening tournament last season.

"New Hampshire gave us fits here last year at our tournament. They've got a couple of big lefties that score and their libero is excellent," Steinbach said. "They've done some unconventional things in the past couple of years and they require you to prepare a little bit different."

Maryland has impressed thus far, accruing impressive wins over George Washington, Ole Miss and Penn with the sole loss coming to rival University of Maryland Baltimore County. The Wildcats were victorious in three consecutive contests against the Terrapins before falling in the season opener a year ago.

"This will be four years in a row and they got us for the first time last year. They've been getting better each year," Steinbach added. "They're super physical and they've got some kids that can block and attack at a high level. They will require us to be great defensively and be good at net blocking."

For more information on the squad, follow Villanova on Twitter and Instagram @NovaVolleyball and like the Facebook page (Villanova Volleyball).



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