The volleyball team lost all three sets on Friday, Oct. 9, in Pennsylvania as they were swept at Villanova, 25-23, 25-16, 25-1.
The Pirates are now 2-1 in the conference and 8-13 overall.
The Hall jumped out to an 18-6 lead in the first set behind a kill courtesy of sophomore Krissy Wrobel.
The momentum shifted in Villanova’s favor when they responded with twelve straight points to tie the set and eventually take the lead.
The Pirates were up 22-20 after two consecutive kills from freshman Morgan DeVries, but eventually were overcome by Villanova in the set.
“We had a tough time getting kills and kept making hitting errors as the match progressed,” head coach Kris Zeiter said. “We were completely outworked and outplayed in our match against Villanova. I hope that we were embarrassed by that and that we do not allow that to happen again.”
In the second set, again the Hall had a lead early.
The Pirates had the set tied at 10 before Villanova went on an 11-3 run to take a 2-0 match lead.
The final set was not nearly as competitive.
The Wildcats jumped out to an 8-2 lead.
They would never surrender the lead, which resulted in the sweep.
Sophomore Meghan Matusiak led the Pirates with 14 kills.
Senior Allie Matters led the team in digs with 24.
Matters extended her nation-best streak of games with double digit digs to 58 matches.
Despite the loss, the Hall’s junior Sarah Osmun became the seventh player in Seton Hall history to record 1,000 career kills.
She is the first player to do this since Tricia Meyers did it two seasons ago.
Osmun reached the milestone in the second set and had four kills on the night.
“Sarah has been a staple in the starting lineup since she arrived here,” Zeiter said, “When Sarah plays well, the team plays well.”
The Pirates return home for the first time this month for a match against Louisville on Saturday.
“We have traditionally been a much better team at home. We really need the students to come out and support us,” Zeiter said. “Last year, Walsh Gym was one of the toughest places to play in the Big East, but we have had a dropoff this year. I hope that our fans will come out and give their support and help us make a push for the Big East playoffs.”
The homestand also features other in-conference matches against Cincinnati on Oct. 18 and Rutgers on Oct. 24.
Joshua Jongsma can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.