VOLLEYBALL | Hoyas Face DePaul, Marquette in Rematches
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 01:10
This weekend, the Georgetown volleyball will be facing some familiar competition. For the second time in three weeks, the Hoyas will play conference rivals DePaul and Marquette.
Georgetown (8-12, 2-5 Big East) was swept by both teams at home and is looking for redemption.
“I think playing them the second time around, we know exactly what they’re capable of doing,” Head Coach Arlisa Williams said.
DePaul (15-4, 1-4) is coming off a 1-1 weekend after losing to Marquette but beating Green Bay in a non-conference game. Senior middle blocker Natalie Rizzo hit .647 against Marquette, which earned her a mention on the Big East Honor Roll.
After the loss to DePaul earlier this season, Williams stressed the need to take care of the little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet.
Facing the Blue Demons again, Georgetown is coming in with the same strategy.
“They know what we do, and they know what they expose, so we have to really try to tighten up in areas where we were deficient,” Williams said.
The Hoyas will do the same when they face Marquette (12-5, 4-1). The Golden Eagles have two freshman outside hitters who have been racking up accolades in the Big East, but Georgetown’s core approach will remain the same.
“I think that we just have to tighten up our game. I think that there were parts of the Marquette game that we played well, and then there were areas that we were deficient in, so we just have to really focus on those areas,” Williams said.
The Hoyas have experience on their side, as they now know what these two teams can bring to the table and what their game looks like in motion.
“I think as a coaching staff, we try to give our team the best information that we can based on the video, but oftentimes, video is different than what it looks like live,” Williams said. “So we’ve seen them live, and we know exactly how fast their arm swings are, we know exactly high above the net they are, so hopefully we’re able to prepare our team a little bit better.”
The Blue and Gray are coming off a disappointing weekend in which they lost to St. John’s and Seton Hall after having beaten both, reminding them how quickly the tide can turn when playing Big East teams.
They’ll look to improve their attack numbers from last week, as none of the Hoyas recorded double-digit kills against St. John’s. Generating more effective offense will be critical if the Hoyas want to notch some more Big East wins.
“We see flashes of it every single day, just how talented this group can be. And [the key to success] is just finding out how to do it consistently, regardless of the personnel that’s on the floor,” Williams said after playing games against DePaul and Marquette three weeks ago.
The game plan has stayed the same: Williams continues to stress urgency and taking care of the seemingly minor details.
“We have to be ready from the very first point after warm-up. We don’t have time to ease into any of the sets,” Williams said. “We have to come out and make sure that we are ready to play.”