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Villanova Olympics sports roundup: Volleyball wins "Jam the Jake"

Field Hockey's Harding also named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As Villanova Football crushed the competition with a 50-6 win over Fordham, not all of the fall teams encountered the same success. Let's catch up with the scores and news of the week.

Volleyball (4-3)

Despite getting off to a hot 3-0 start in the JMU Classic, the Women's Volleyball squad faltered in their USD/SDSU tournament against the University of San Diego, Cal State Fullerton, and San Diego State. After getting blown out by San Diego 0-3 on Friday, the Wildcats put in better performances against Cal St. Fullerton and SDSU, losing 1-3.

The Lady 'Cats returned home, however, with one of the most impressive performances of the young season, a 3-0 win over Lehigh. Wildcat fans packed the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse for the "Jam the Jake" event to kick off the 2014 season at home.

Coming off JMU Classic MVP honors and a BIG EAST Honor Roll nomination, junior outside hitter Lauren Carpenter recorded the team's first double-double off the season.

The Wildcats are set to host the Villanova Classic on September 12-13, opening with a game against Kansas at 11:30 EST.

Men's Soccer (1-3)

A Tuesday night game against Drexel was delayed to Wednesday after lightening in the first half. Despite holding a 1-0 lead in that contest, the teams were forced to abandon the game. The following day, Nova gave up a goal within the first 47 seconds and were unable to counter with a goal of their own.

Villanova had similar difficulty with the weather on Saturday. After over an hour of delays, the Wildcats again let up a goal in the first two minutes of the game and again couldn't rally their offense to overcome their deficit.

After failing to score in their first three contest, the Wildcat offense found its rhythm with a 3-1 victory over Saint Peter's. Despite missing the previous two games due to a leg injury, senior Aaron Dennis recorded a goal to lead the offense. The team finally got a chance to play at home on their new Higgins Soccer Complex.

The Wildcats will get a chance to build their momentum when they host Albany on Sunday at 4 EST.

Women's Soccer (1-3-1)

The Wildcats failed to get another tally in the win column this week with a loss to Pittsburgh and a double-overtime tie against Lehigh.

Despite a goal from junior Renee Hart, the Lady 'Cats failed to capitalize of multiple opportunities offensively.

In a physical contest against Lehigh, sophomore Katie Martin was the only player to find the net off an assisted goal at the 19:52 mark. The Wildcats led in both shots on goal and corner kick opportunities, but again struggled against a stifling Mountain Hawk defense.

The Lady 'Cats will be back in action later today against James Madison at 4 PM.

Men's Golf

The Wildcats put together a solid performance in a two-day stint, finishing sixth in the Navy Fall Classic in Annapolis. After day one, the team finished with a score of 296 (+12).

Behind the leadership of sophomore Lucas Trim and stellar performances from the freshman class, Villanova improved on the second day to conclude the tournament at sixth place and a final score of 290 (+6).

Field Hockey (2-3)

It was a solid week for the Lady 'Cats, pulling off a win against Siena on Wednesday despite two losses to Fairfield and LaSalle.

The win over Siena was the second game of a four game road trip. The team scored both goals off the senior tandem of forward Andrea Conte and back Abigail Freitag.

Perhaps the biggest accomplishment for the Field Hockey program, however, came off the field. Senior back Maddy Harding was named to the weekly BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. She has served as the anchor to a tenacious Villanova defense and recorded her first goal and assist of the season during the week.

The team will resume play on Sunday at Columbia at 1 EST to conclude their road trip.