Sept. 26, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Riding a four match winning streak, the Villanova (8-5) volleyball team will kick off BIG EAST play Saturday at 7:00 p.m. when it is set to host Georgetown (6-7) at the Jake Nevin Field House.
"Georgetown is going to be tough since they've got a balanced lineup that will be difficult to defend," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "I'm hopeful that we can play with good energy and execute at the high level we will need in order to have a chance to win. With conference play starting up, tt's a big match that our team is excited about."
With BIG EAST action set to begin this weekend, Villanova has been on a roll, playing their best volleyball of the season thus far. After starting the year 1-4, the Wildcats have rebounded to win seven of their last eight matches, including a perfect 4-0 on their home court. Last week, the team dropped only four sets and swept the annual Villanova Classic with wins over Sacred Heart, Norfolk State and Penn.
Villanova has been winning lately by increasing its offensive efficiency and limiting mistakes. The Wildcats are outhitting its opponents .214 to .179 with 41 less errors on attacks. The team has also committed 15 less serve reception errors and 24 less blocking errors.
Lauren Carpenter leads the attack and is coming off arguably her best match since joining the Wildcats accumulating a career-high 24 kills on 54 hits (.315) and five blocks against Penn en route to being named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for her performance over the four match slate.
Captain Mariah Henley continues to instill her leadership on the young squad, showing them what it takes to win in those close battles that are decided by a few points. The senior libero leads the BIG EAST with 5.06 digs/set and is currently 26th in the entire NCAA.
Last week, Georgetown dropped below .500 after falling, 3-2, in back-to-back matches at Morgantown against West Virginia and UMBC. The Hoyas opened their season with a win over George Mason, a team the Wildcats edged, 3-2, at the Maryland Classic.
The Wildcats have owned the Hoyas as of late, recording three consecutive victories, including two shutouts during the past few years.
Don't forget to help Villanova reach its goal by donating to their annual "Dig Pink" campaign. The Wildcats are teaming with the charity, Side Out, to help raise awareness about Breast Cancer. On Friday, October 3, Villanova will host the "Dig Pink" match against DePaul at 7 p.m. and the marketing team will be selling Pink merchandise and have donation tables setup. More information about the initiative can be found at https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/7525.