Another home game, another win. Such is life for the women’s volleyball team in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse, as they take their second to last game of the season in straight sets. This was Villanova’s second win over Providence this year.
Having beaten the Friars three sets to one on the road, the Wildcats were expected to take care of business in a rather quick, and hasty fashion. However, the first set would provide the to be the exact opposite. The opening frame was a contest of runs as the teams combined to tie the score five times. Villanova was able to jump out to a 17-13 lead by Allie Loitz and Gabby Pethokoukis.
The ‘Cats would quickly lose their momentum as Providence went on a five point runs taking an 18-17 lead, prompting a timeout by Coach Josh Steinbach. More back and forth action ensued as the teams were tied at 22 late in the set,that was until sloppy play by the Friars gave Villanova the first set 25-22.
The second set started off a little tumultuous for the Wildcats as they fell behind 11-8 early on. Villanova the imposed its home court will and snatched the lead from Providence. The ‘Cats went on an extended 17-5 run and took the set 25-16, giving them a two to nothing set lead. Lauren Carpenter lead the way with two kills and a service ace in the frame.
With one set away from extending their home winning streak, Villanova went for the kill early in the third and what would ultimately be the final set. The Wildcats jumped out to an early two to nothing lead with and Allison Fitzgerald service ace and an attacking error by the Friars. Despite the early lead, the Cats were unable to get a stranglehold of the set as they let Providence tie the game at 8. Villanova was able to take five out of the next six points, however, and were able to keep a lead they would not relinquish. After an attack error by the blue and white that put the game at 19-15, Villanova would win the set with a six to one run. The final set, and match, ended with the same score as the second 25-16. The match point was supplied by Colleen Hickey, who finished with seven kills on the night.
Building off her already impressive season, Loitz finished and led the team with 11 kills. Pethokoukis finished with 10 kills of her own in what has been a fantastic return season for the redshirt junior. The senior, Carpenter finished with six kills.
With the win Villanova improves to 13-4 in the Big East and 23-7 overall. As mentioned before, Villanova kept its undefeated record at home improving to an impressive 11-0. The Wildcats will finish the season at home with a Senior Night match against St. Johns at 7 p.m. in Jake Nevin.