Volleyball spikes two more victories

Matt Clark

The volleyball team won its last two games at home this week against Georgetown and the University of Delaware to extend their winning streak to four.

The first of the two wins came against Georgetown on Saturday at the Jake Nevin Field House. The ‘Cats swept the Hoyas 3-0, with scores of 30-26, 30-24 and 30-26.

The last game of the match was a gut-wrencher, with Georgetown leading 26-25, but behind the leadership of Jennifer Badran-Grycan, Jennifer Edwards and Katie Lanting, ‘Nova was able to gain the momentum back and seal the victory.

Kerri Sullivan and Lanting each smacked 12 kills to help the ‘Cats towards the victory. Erin Birunas totaled eight kills and Celine Nguyen tallied seven kills and eight digs.

Both were big factors that gave ‘Nova the win in game one. Edwards added 18 assists and Badran-Grycan managed 17 helpers.

The second win came in a home match against the University of Delaware on Tuesday. Villanova won 3-1, with scores of 30-18, 25-30, 30-20, 38-36.

Sullivan and Lanting were again the top ‘Cats leading Villanova to victory, with Lanting tallying 21 kills and three blocks and Sullivan earning 19 kills, four digs and three blocks. Kabashima and Nguyen ran the floor for a kill-dig double-double of 10-19 and 11-18, respectively.

Outside hitter Birunas reached the 500-plateau for both kills and digs during her Wildcat career. With 139 kills this season, she now is at 595 kills for her career in addition to 535 career digs.

Sullivan continues to hold strong in the top 10 rankings in two Big East categories, kills per games and points per game.

With only six games left in the season, ‘Nova is in a race with St. John’s, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers for the fourth and final playoff spot.

Villanova is within one game of making it to the conference tournament. The ‘Cats travel to Boston to face off against the Eagles today at 2 p.m.