Every single Villanova team left campus this past weekend to hit the road. Can’t blame them for it though, especially with finals just around the corner. Here are the top stories from this past week:
Villanova played its first Big Five opponent of the season, heading over to Hagan Arena to play St Joe’s. The Wildcats downed their rivals, beating them 86-72. Villanova maintained a steady pace throughout the game and St. Joe’s couldn’t break through. Ryan Arcidiacono had 17 points off of 6-of-9 shooting. Josh Hart added 18 points and nine rebounds. Kris Jenkins also had 18 points. DeAndre Bembry led the Hawks with 17 points, six rebounds, and a pair of assists.
The Wildcats had a quiet rest of the week, heading over to Hawaii on Thursday in order to prepare for their game against #6 Oklahoma on Monday night.
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End of the Road:
The volleyball team’s magical season has come to an end. The Wildcats were handed a crushing defeat by the Dayton Flyers in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Villanova’s first since 1997. Dayton won: 21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-23. It was a closely contested game, with neither team ever comfortably winning a set. Allie Loitz led the Wildcats with 17 kills. Claire Crutchfield and Amanda Pedersen-Henry each had 12 kills. Senior Emma Pettit finished with 42 assists, 10 digs, four blocks and five kills. For Dayton, Alaina Turner finished with a game-high 24 kills. This season was a step in the right direction for the program, which will hope to build on a season that had a number of accomplishments – a 25-9 record, 12-0 at home, a Big East Tournament finals appearance, and an NCAA Tournament bid.
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Who Says Cats Can’t Swim?:
Freshman swimmer Darby Goodwin had a historic weekend, shattering a couple of records along the way at the Big AI Open in Princeton. On Saturday, she became the first Villanova woman to ever finish the 100 back in under 55 seconds, finishing with a time of 54.80. She would later come back to break her own record again to win the event with record 54.69 finish. On Sunday, she broke an 18-year old record in the 200 back prelims with a time 1:58.90. Just like the day before, she came back to re-break her own record, finishing at 1:58.30. The record was previously held by Jackie Gruters in 1997. Overall, the women’s team finished third at the Big AI Open, while the men’s team placed seventh.
The men’s and women’s track team got their indoor season started at the Jack Pyrah Invitational over at Haverford College. The Villanova men’s team won four events overall. Freshman Sterling Pierce clocked in at 6.99 seconds in his first place finish in the 60 meter race. Josh Lampron won the mile run. Meanwhile Kolby Koeck and John McDonald finished in first in the pole vault and shotput, respectively. As for the women’s team, they raked in seven first place finishes at the meet. Two came from sprints, three were from middle distance races, and three more from field events. Melissa June and Katie HoSang won the 60 meters and the 60 meters hurdle, respectively. Veronica Scott took home the 800 meters victory, while Sammy Bockoven and Alexandra Russo won the 1000 meter and the mile, respectively. Anne Yahiro placed in first in the long jump. Kristin Erickson and Alex Zimmerman won their field events.
Going Back to Cali:
On Saturday, in the opening round of the Cal Classic at Berkeley, Ca., sophomore Alex Louin had a career night to help lead the Wildcats to victory over Sacramento State. Louin finished with 24 points, scoring 13 of her points in the second quarter alone. The Wildcats beat the Hornets, 78-54. Megan Quinn dialed in a double-double performance with 12 points and 12 boards. Adrianna Hahn contributed a strong 14-point performance off the bench.
In the Cal Classic Championship game on Sunday, Villanova led St. Mary’s for the first three quarters of the game. Unfortunately, the Gaels used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to propel themselves into the lead. From there, the Wildcats just couldn’t answer back. They went on to lose 67-60. Caroline Coyer led the ‘Cats with 13 points, five rebounds, and one assist. Quinn and Katherine Coyer had 11 points each. They were also both named to the all-tournament team.
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