The Seton Hall volleyball team fell to the Villanova Wildcats at Walsh Gymnasium by a score of 3-0 (18-25, 8-25, 21-25) on Saturday. Despite the loss, senior Amanda Hansen became the ninth team player in school history to record 1,000 kills.
Hansen, who recorded the milestone in the first set, had eight kills on the day to give her a career total of 1,006. However, that would be the highlight of the day for the Pirates, as Villanova was able to take advantage midway through the first set and never looked back.
In the first set, Villanova was able to overcome a strong start from the Pirates and went on a 12-3 run halfway through to take an 18-13 lead. The Wildcats eventually won the set 25-18. Junior Tessa Fournier recorded 11 of her match-high 15 digs in the first set, but it was not enough for the Hall to come back.
Seton Hall was then dominated in the second set, as Villanova scored 15 of the last 17 points in the match after taking a 10-6 lead early on. The Wildcats had an attack percentage of .522, while Seton Hall had a mark of just .154 in the second set.
The score was the closest in the third set, with the Pirates coming within one point near the end, 22-21, after Villanova was starting to pull away, having won seven of the eight previous points. Seton Hall would ultimately fall in the end, giving up the final three points of the match.
Aside from Hansen, freshman Cherise Hennigan lead the way for the Pirates with six kills, while junior Danielle Schroeder and freshman Caitlin Koska also had four kills each. Sophomore Sarah Kenneweg had eight digs in the match, while freshman Sophia Coffey recorded 21 assists on the day.
Seton Hall returns to action Friday, Oct. 23 when it travels to face Marquette. Match time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
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