VOLLEYBALL | Hoyas Notch Third Conference Win
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 01:10
Georgetown volleyball put in a good showing this weekend against its Big East rivals of the Midwest, beating DePaul 3-1 in a redemption match and playing well against nationally ranked Marquette, despite losing in straight sets.
The Hoyas (9-13, 3-6 Big East) were looking for a different outcome against DePaul (15-7, 1-7), who swept them 3-0 at McDonough earlier in the season, and they got it.
“We talked to the players about just going out from the beginning and making sure that we got a good start in the match and continuing to do the things we were doing well,” Head Coach Arlisa Williams said.
In the first set, Georgetown surged to the lead on a 6-1 run fueled by junior middle blocker Dani White, who had a block and two kills in that sequence. Sophomore all-purpose player Emily Gisolfi had two service aces in the set, and the Hoyas took the win 25-21.
“In the first set, we just needed to make sure we were passing in system, which we did extremely well, so we were able to get a variety of hitters the ball,” Williams said. “And so that made a big difference in turning that game around for us.”
In the second set, the teams were locked up at 10 apiece, but again, the Blue and Gray took off, this time on a 7-1 run that put them up for good. White and sophomore outside hitter Lauren Saar each had four kills in the set, and freshman middle blocker Ashlie Williams was part of three key blocks, including the game winner.
But coming out of the break, Georgetown stumbled as the Blue Demons scored 10 points in a row en route to winning the third set 25-16.
“We were pretty confident after winning the first and second sets, and I think we came out maybe a little slow, figuring it was going to be easier than it was,” Williams said. “DePaul had a whole lot of fight, and they just stuck it to us.”
Georgetown returned to form in the fourth set. A combined five kills from White and Saar helped them to a 6-3 lead, and they broke a tie at 10 with another three combined kills. Saar finished with eight kills and White with five in the final set alone. Georgetown won the set 25-19 to record its third conference win of the year.
“We passed well, and that meant we were getting production from our outsides. … So those things definitely helped us,” Williams said. “And then the other part was our blocking. We just picked up our blocking late in the match. We ended up with [nine] on the match, and a lot of that came in our fourth set.”
Saar led the team with her 14th double-double of the year, recording 20 kills and 10 digs. White added 16 kills and six blocks.
Georgetown played Marquette (15-5, 7-1 Big East) on Sunday and dropped a tough match, three sets to none. The Golden Eagles are first in the Big East with only one loss.
In the first set, Marquette came out strong, controlling the pace to win 25-14.
“In the beginning of the set, they jumped on us. They are a very, very good serving team and they served tough and made some runs on us from the inline,” Williams said. “That made it very difficult for us to stay in system.”
Georgetown was able to stay close early in the second set, but Marquette jumped to a 20-12 lead. Although the Blue and Gray strung together a rally to come within four, Marquette finished strong and won 25-18 for a two set advantage. “We went point for point with them for a while — made a couple of runs — and the momentum late in the second really carried us into the third,” Williams said.
The third set was a different story, with the Hoyas battling their way to a 24-21 lead. But the Golden Eagles scored three to tie it, and after some back-and-forth action, won 29-27 to take the match.
“We need to play clean volleyball at the end and make teams earn points. We need to learn and believe that we can play with anybody in this conference on any given day,” Williams said.