Nov. 22, 2013
Game Notes: Villanova
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova volleyball team (12-16, 4-11 BIG EAST) returns to action Sunday for its final match of the season when the Wildcats are set to face off with a regionally ranked Creighton squad (19-7, 10-4 BIG EAST) that already clinched a berth to the BIG EAST postseason tournament. First serve is 2:00 p.m. at the D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb.
Despite a tough stretch the past couple of weeks, Villanova attempts to send seniors Carly Edwards, Julie Joyce and team-captain Mariah Henley out on top. After an illustrious career at Villanova, Henley needs to play only three sets against Creighton to slide past Krista Anderson, Maggie Mergen and Maria Preparos for the 9th most sets played all-time in a Wildcat uniform.
"Our focus is our match on Sunday. We know that it's our last match of the year and we have to play it like it's our championship," head coach Josh Steinbach said.
Villanova will make its second trip to Nebraska this season and first to Omaha ever. The Wildcats fell, 3-1, to a nationally-ranked Cornhuskers squad earlier in their trip to the west coast.
The Wildcats will seek their first win in their history against the Blue Jays, after falling to the new BIG EAST rival a couple of weeks ago at home. Creighton split a pair of four-set road matches last weekend following a win at St. John's before a letdown at Seton Hall.
The Blue Jays will host Georgetown Friday night and will be seeking its historic 300th victory since restarting its program prior to the 1994 season. With postseason seeding implications and a chance at history for Creighton, Villanova will face a Blue Jays squad with plenty to play for.
"I'm looking forward for our team to play hard as we would expect in every match all-season long. Creighton is very good and it will take a great effort to beat them on its home floor," Steinbach added.
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