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Villanova Look to Bounce Back on the Road
Sophomore setter Emma Pettit is averaging 10.76 assists per set this season.

Oct. 10, 2013

Live Stats against Seton Hall

Live Stats against St. John's

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Following its first loss in seven matches, the Villanova volleyball team (10-6, 2-1 BIG EAST) will look to rebound this weekend when it travels across state lines to battle Seton Hall (5-9, 0-3 BIG EAST) Friday and St. John's (12-7, 1-2 BIG EAST) the following day. Both matches are slated for a 7 p.m. start time.

The Last Meeting
Seton Hall2
September 30, 2012
Villanova, Pa.
Big Finish Gives Wildcats the Final Answer in 3-2 Victory over Seton Hall
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Carpenter (Lakewood, Colo.) put down two consecutive kills for the final points of the match and Villanova (7-10, 2-2 BIG EAST) staved off multiple comeback bids by Seton Hall (15-2, 3-1 BIG EAST) for a 3-2 win at Jake Nevin Field House on Sunday afternoon. Five straight points by the Wildcats to end the match put the finishing touches on a 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 25-27, 15-12 victory in which the team received significant contributions from every player on the floor.

The Last Meeting
St. John's3
September 23, 2012
Queens, N.Y.
Strong Blocking Continues But Wildcats Edged By St. John's, 3-2
For the second straight match Villanova (5-10, 0-2 BIG EAST) did an effective job of blocking but the Wildcats were defeated in five sets by St. John's (15-3, 2-0 BIG EAST) at Carnessecca Arena on Sunday afternoon. Villanova won the opening set and later forced the decisive fifth frame by winning the fourth set. The back-and-forth match eventually went to the Red Storm by scores of 17-25, 25-23, 25-15, 16-25 and 15-12 as the Wildcats lost their sixth straight match.

In their first two BIG EAST matches, the Wildcats had only surrendered one set in victories over Georgetown and DePaul before a defeat by Marquette, the only undefeated team in conference play, snapped their six-match winning streak.

Villanova will enjoy the presence of key Middle Blocker, Gabby Pethokoukis, who returned to the starting lineup against the Blue Demons. Pethokoukis was recognized by the BIG EAST for her play over the weekend, hitting .452 with 17 kills.

Friday night should include a battle of the conference's top libero's with Mariah Henley this year's top libero, averaging 5.12 digs/set, opposite last season's BIG EAST Libero of the Year, Alyssa Warren.

After three consecutive BIG EAST losses, Seton Hall bounced back Tuesday night with a shutout victory over Hofstra in its only match at the Walsch Gym. The Wildcats have dominated the series against the Pirates with a 31-12 record, including a 4-2 mark under Steinbach's tenure.

"The matches with Seton Hall have always been super tight," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "The twins are kids that we know well since they've got some Villanova ties and have been around our program a little bit. I think it's one of those things where they circle us on the schedule which adds fuel to the rivalry."

St. John's is 1-2 in their last three matches with the lone victory coming over Seton Hall at home, 3-2. The Red Storm have not lost a match on their home court, boasting a perfect 4-0 record at the Carnesecca Arena. The Wildcats hold a slight, 11-10, lead over the Red Storm in the all-time series.

"St. John's is good. They've lost two matches on the road and struggled a little bit against top teams," Steinbach added. "There outside hitter is very good and they've got a kid in the middle that can both score and block. Both matches this weekend are going to be challenging."

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