Practice, prayer, pride for Villanova on eve of Final Four

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Alicia Vitarelli shares the Final Four happenings in Houston ahead of the big game. (WPVI)

Moments before tipoff in the Final Four matchup between Villanova and Oklahoma, a very special quartet will hit the hardwood on Saturday.

"It's myself accompanied with student athletes from each of the other Final Four schools," said Karlie Crispin, Villanova junior. "A women's volleyball player from Oklahoma, men's soccer from UNC and men's track and field from Syracuse."

Representing Villanova, the Pittman, New Jersey, native has been singing her whole life, and is also a member of Villanova's women's basketball team.

"I know that I've been very blessed with the opportunity to play basketball with Villanova as well as the ability to sing, and I'm very happy to combine two of my passions," said Crispin.

And when the Wildcats take center court, a Villanova fixture will be there cheering them on as a sort of spiritual adviser.

"Obviously we'd like to win, everyone wants to win," said Father Rob Hagan. "But we just want to see them do their best."

Hagan has been the Wildcat's team priest for the past 12 years. He's also a Villanova alum - class of '87.

"So I was a sophomore when lightning struck the first time, and they won the National Championship back in '85," said Hagan.

And while Father Hagan is no doubt proud, so is Kris Jenkins' father, Kelvin.

"I'm extremely proud of Kris' accomplishments," said Kelvin Jenkins. "Kris was always a blessed kid athletically, a great character kid, but honestly I thought he was going to be a football player."
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