Volleyball Splits Saturday Matches at Villanova

Volleyball Splits Saturday Matches at Villanova

PHILADELPHIAAllison Cappellino had 12 kills and Kelly McCaddin added 11 as American swept host Villanova, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-14 to gain a split of its two matches Saturday in the Villanova Classic volleyball tournament.

In the Eagles' first match of the day, Cappellino also finished with a team-high 12 kills, but AU fell to 24th-ranked Kansas, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17.
American improved to 5-4 on the season with the win over the Wildcats.
 
All four Eagles losses this season, though, have come to teams currently ranked in the top 26 in the nation in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll – Penn State (3), Florida State (7), Kansas (24) and Marquette (received votes, but 26th in points in the poll).
 
Monika Smidova and Megan Rosburg earned all-tournament honors for the Eagles. Smidova had 31 assists and a team-high 16 digs against Villanova, while Rosburg had 24 digs combined in Saturday's two matches.
 
Cappellino also had five aces and 12 digs for the Eagles in the win over Villanova. McCaddin tied a season-high with 11 kills and had three blocks.
 
"Against Villanova, we attacked well from all positions, and I am pleased with our outcome for this match," said AU head coach Barry Goldberg. "Monika and Megan had a good weekend, being named to the all tournament team."
 
AU earned leads of 10-5, 16-10 and 20-14 on the way to the first-set win over Villanova. The Eagles jumped to a 5-1 edge in the second set and grew the advantage from there in the second.
 
American went ahead 8-2 in the third set and never led by fewer than five points the rest of the way.
 
Against Kansas, Sarah Katz added nine kills to Cappellino's dozen, while Rosburg and Cappellino had 13 digs to lead the Eagles' defense.
 
"Our team had moments of great volleyball against Kansas, but unfortunately we were unable to sustain our success to win the match," said Goldberg. "As momentum changed near the end of the second set, we did not respond with the effort needed to regain control of the game. Although we lost, it's clear that our team has a good vision for our potential this season."
 
American held leads of 15-12 and 18-14 in the first set, but the Jayhawks pulled within 19-18 late. The Eagles took the lead in the match by scoring five of the final seven points.
 
AU led 17-14 in the second set when Kansas gained the momentum. A four-point run gave KU the lead, and the Jayhawks evened the sets at 1-each by scoring the final four points of the second set.
 
The momentum carried into the third set as Kansas rolled to a 7-1 lead. The Eagles were able to pull within four, at 10-6, but never got closer.
 
Kansas jumped to an 8-0 edge in the final set and went on to close out the match.
 
American will face Princeton and host Rutgers on Friday in the Rutgers Tournament before playing Akron on Saturday in its final non-conference tuneup before Patriot League play begins on Sept. 26.