Villanova University just finished its last full week before the Thanksgiving weekend break. Here are some of the main stories from this past week:
Hanging With The Champ:
On Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross country teams raced at the NCAA National Championships in Louisville, Ky. Patrick Tiernan found himself toe-to-toe with the two-time defending champion Edward Cheserek of Oregon for most of the race. Cheserek eventually broke loose in the last two miles of the 10K race and went on to capture his third title. Tiernan finished in second overall, with a comfortable lead over the rest of the pack. It was his highest finish in his career at Nationals. Jordy Williamsz and Rob Denault finished 77th and 214th, respectively.
As for the women’s team, Siofra Cleirigh Buttner led Villanova with a 113rd place finish. Angel Piccirillo completed the race at 140th. Bella Burda and Katie Fisher cracked the top 200, finishing at 175th and 198th overall. As a team, Villanova finished in 30th.
Article: Tiernan Leads ‘Nova XC with Second Place Finish
Home Court Perfection:
The volleyball team ended the regular season this past weekend with two home games. Villanova took on Providence on Friday night, beating them in three straight sets. The Wildcats swept the Friars, 25-22, 25-16, 25-16. Allie Loitz finished with a team-high 11 kills. Gabby Pethokoukis added 10 kills. Colleen Hickey supplied the game-winning match point and finished with seven kills.
The following night, Villanova played the St. John’s Red Storm on Senior Night. Six seniors – Anna Dwyer, Colleen Hickey, Brittany Rembert, Michelle Adams, Lauren Carpenter, Emma Pettit, and redshirt junior Gabby Pethokoukis were honored before the game. The Wildcats started off slow but picked it up, going on to sweep the Red Storm. Villanova won 29-27, 25-16, 25-14. Pettit finished with 39 assists and five blocks. Carpenter tied Claire Crutchfield for a team-high nine kills. Pethokoukis, Loitz, and Amanda Pedersen-Henry added eight kills each. Villanova finishes a perfect 12-0 at home.
Recap: Volleyball Notches Seventh Sweep at Home in Win Over Providence
Recap: ‘Nova Volleyball Sweeps St. John’s on Senior Night
Men’s basketball played East Tennessee State and Akron this past weekend for the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Wildcats beat the Buccaneers on Friday night, using a complete team effort to lead the way to victory. Villanova limited the highflying offense that entered the game after scoring back-to-back 100+ point games, to just 51 points. ETSU was held to just 19-of-59 (32.2%) shooting on the floor. Daniel Ochefu posted his third straight double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the lopsided 86-51 win.
Earlier today, Villanova was given an early test by Akron. The Zips took it right at the Wildcats, taking an early lead. Villanova eventually got hot, sparked by the play of Josh Hart and Ryan Arcidiacono. Hart set a new career-high, finishing with 27 points. Arcidiacono added 15 points, five rebounds, and eight assists in the 75-56 win. The Wildcats will now gear up for the main course, during the tournament phase in Brooklyn over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Article: Game Preview: East Tennessee State Buccaneers
Recap: Villanova Rolls To 3-0, Beats ETSU 86-51
Article: Game Preview: Akron Zips
Recap: Hart’s Career High Leads ‘Cats to 75-56 Victory Over Akron
After upsetting Richmond in a homecoming thriller, the football team was tasked with another tough opponent. This time around they had to take on the high-powered James Madison Dukes at their home turf. The Dukes jumped out to an early lead, but the Wildcats inched their way back into the game. Villanova found itself in a good position to score and take the lead late in the fourth, but a fumble that was returned for a touchdown doomed their chances. After a few scores on both sides, the Dukes held on to win 39-28. Villanova finished the season 6-5 overall.
Recap: Villanova Falls to James Madison in Fourth Quarter