Sept. 19, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Wildcats (5-5) volleyball squad will welcome Sacred Heart, Norfolk State and Penn to the Jake Nevin Field House this weekend as they host their annual Villanova Classic tournament.
A showdown with Sacred Heart Friday at 7 p.m. will kick things off for the Wildcats who defeated Delaware Tuesday night in their home opener. The following day, Villanova will dual with Norfolk State at 11 a.m. and battle Penn at 7 p.m. to conclude the tournament. After the final match, a five player all-tournament team will be announced with an MVP award given to the tournament's best player.
"We always look forward to our tournament at home and this year especially as it falls on parents weekend," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "It should be a great weekend on the Villanova campus."
After a rough 1-4 start to the season, Villanova has been playing exceptional volleyball lately down the stretch, accumulating four wins -Lehigh, George Mason, New Hampshire and Delaware - in five matches.
With the recent surge, the Wildcats are leading their opponents in just about every offensive statistical category. Villanova has 503 kills with a .197 attack percentage, 470 assists and 62 service aces through 10 matches.
Sacred Heart is 5-4 on the year, which includes a shutout defeat at Delaware last Saturday. The Wildcats blanked the Pioneers, 3-0, in their only meeting with them in 2006, which happened to be at the Villanova Classic.
This will be the first matchup ever against a Norfolk State (4-7) squad that has won two of its last three matches with a pair of shutouts against Bethune-Cookman and Maryland Eastern Shore.
Penn brings a 3-4 squad to Jake Nevin that has been hot as of late. After starting the year with three consecutive losses, the Quakers have regrouped to win three of their last four matches over Delaware, Temple and Weber State. Villanova is 3-3 against Penn during Steinbach's tenure.
"Obviously, Penn is a natural rival and I know our team will be fired up for that match Saturday night. But we will have to stay focused on our first match first," Steinbach added. "Sacred Heart is a good team with a talented roster and we will have to be at our best to get a win here on Friday."
If you cannot make it to Jake Nevin, all home matches will be broadcast live via Nova Nation All-Access. For the best news and information on the team, be sure to follow @NovaVolleyball on Twitter and Instagram and like the Villanova Volleyball Facebook page.
Friday, September 20
4:30 pm Penn vs. Norfolk State
7:00 pm Villanova vs. Sacred Heart
Saturday, September 21
11:00 pm Villanova vs. Norfolk State
1:00 pm Sacred Heart vs. Penn
4:30 pm Norfolk State vs. Sacred Heart
7:00 pm Villanova vs. Penn