Volleyball to Conclude Road Stint at Maryland Invitational
Sept. 12, 2013
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.
"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."
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