Sunday, September 27, 2009

Disappointing Weekend for Women's Volleyball

This weekend marked Parent's weekend for most of Villanova's students, but for the Volleyball team it meant the home opening of Big East play. A weekend normally designed for freshmen to enjoy with their families would be distinguished differently for the freshman of the very young Villanova Volleyball team. Villanova entered Friday's match up with the Cincinnati Bearcats with a record of 11-2 and the recent winners of the Villanova Classic Tournament; success the team achieved by riding the efforts of their underclassmen, freshman outside hitter Krista Andersen and sophomore defensive specialist/libero Kim Maroon whom served as catalysts to the Wildcat's past success with impressive kills and digs, respectively. Fueled by those impressive efforts on both sides of the ball, the Wildcats appeared poised to fire on all cylinders against Cincinnati. Unfortunately previous success and momentum had no bearing against the Bearcats.

The women played uninspired and quickly lost their third match of the season in straight sets despite Coach Josh Steinbach's effort to rally his lethargic team by belaboring the referees as per usual. Although Krista Andersen led both teams with a match high 17 kills, the Wildcats never got things going and were not competitive in any set that evening. Although the team had played 14 previous matches, they looked like a team playing their first that season rather than just their first Big East match with lack of concentration and teamwork. Frequently the Bearcats caught Villanova out of position and other times the Wildcats were snake bitten by mental mistakes where teammates neglected to call each other off for free balls resulting in double hits or instances when no player called for a ball and they fell unattended to the court.

Villanova looked for some better luck earlier today as they took on Louisville Cardinals but there was little to be found at Jake Nevin Field House once again as the 'Cats would fall in Big East play. The play was markedly better this time around and the Wildcats came out with an energy they did not demonstrate in the Cincinnati match. They raced out to an early lead in the first set and finished the Cardinals off easily with a score of 25-15 thanks to Ace after Ace by senior Amy Gulyas who recorded five on the day. The optimistic forecast for the day turned grim as Louisville showed a resiliency that Villanova could not mirror as they took the next three sets. The Wildcats remained competitive in each match but could never claw back fully to overtake the Cardinals, losing 25-25, 25-22, and 25-16. Credit the 'Cats with almost turning the tide in that rubber third game coming from 5 behind at set point forcing a timeout and raising the possibility of pulling off an incredible comeback only to see their hopes dashed by a punishing blow by a Louisville kill.

What was clearly a disappointing opening to the Villanova Volleyball Big East schedule, the Wildcats will look to rebound in Chicago against Depaul next Friday. The Louisville game had an attendance of 211 fans but Nova Nation needs to dig deep and support this team when they come back on October 6th (a Tuesday night, what else do you have to do on a Tuesday night?) versus Delaware, or pregame your Friday night festivities with a water bottle of classy Bankers Club on October 9th when the 'Cats take on Seton Hall. I don't know if you enjoyed or read the post but we try to cover the most Villanova sports and Women's Volleyball is incredibly exciting believe it or not. Also, there is nothing better than watching the finest looking female sports team on this campus. Give it a try. It's good times.

5 comments:

  1. You're the libero in our uniform society.

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  2. Come on Nova. We had over 2000 at the U of Dayton women's volleyball game and what a game it was. Home court means a lot if the fans show up. Support all the student-athletes.

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  3. If there was a like button for comments I would like that last comment. I was talking to some for the people in athletics for the Louisville and they said they bring in 2000 easy. Grant it Lousiville's program is better and it is impressive (but still disappointing) that we took one set from them (when we could've taken more). If we packed in crowds upwards of 700 we would be making a step in the right direction. I am not asking you to watch the incredibly mundane women's basketball games, I am asking for attendance to the fast paced and riveting women's volleyball games. Hey we are turning things around at football games. Let's give a little respect to the vball team as well.

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  4. Yeah, who doesn't want to see women in short shorts (with clearly visible cameltoe) knocking balls! It's a win win situation! God i love tall girls, why did i have to be 5 foot 8

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  5. i'm 5'8'', you are like 5'6''.

    booyah.

    but yes we lament together.

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