The Hoyas clinch the Service Academy Challenge title behind a pair of victories on Saturday afternoon
The Hoyas used a balanced team effort to take down the Bulldogs in straight sets
With matching 2-1 records, the Blue & Gray and Santa Clara each clinched a share of the D.C. Challenge title
Speech garners the honor after earning All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades in 2016
Volleyball vs. American - 8/26/16
Volleyball vs. Creighton - 11/20/15
Georgetown volleyball vs. Seton Hall - 9/27/15
Volleyball vs. GW - 9/16/2015
Georgetown volleyball vs. Villanova - 11/23/14
Coach Williams can be reached via email at email@example.com or in her office at (202) 687-3828.
Arlisa Williams enters her 12th year as the head coach of the Georgetown University volleyball program in 2017. With 114 career wins with the Hoyas, she enters the 2017 season with the fourth most wins in program history.
In 2016, Symone Speech became the sixth Hoya to earn All-BIG EAST honors during Williams' tenure after garnering second team accolades as a sophomore. She was part of Williams' 2015 freshman class at Georgetown that was ranked as the No. 29 recruiting class in the country by PrepVolleyball.com. Another member of the that class, Kenzie Higareda became just the 10th player to amass 1,000 career digs, reaching the milestone in her final match of her sophomore season.
Williams was instrumental in the development of Dani White, one of two repeat All-BIG EAST selections she coached on the Hilltop. White collected second team honors in 2012 and 2013 while Vanessa Dorismond also tallied back-to-back second team recognition in 2009 and 2010.
The Hoyas finished above .500 in two consecutive seasons, going 14-13 overall in 2011. Georgetown's 2010 team finished with over 15 wins for the first time since 2004, when the Hoyas went 17-12 and won nine games at home.
Under the direction of Williams the Hoyas experienced one of the biggest turnarounds in program history in 2008, improving by nine victories overall and six victories in conference, finishing 14-13 overall and 7-7 in the BIG EAST. It was the Hoyas' first above .500 finish in four seasons and their best finish in conference since 2002. Georgetown's 2008 recruiting class was named a PrepVolleyball.com high honorable mention (Top 65) and paid dividends as Victoria Rezin was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for Sept. 16, the first honor earned since the Williams era.
In 2008 Williams helped guide three additional players to individual success, as Dorismond, Caitlin Boland and Kit Niesen all spent time in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Division I top 50 in hitting percentage, assists and block totals respectively.
In addition to growth on the court, Williams' teams have thrived in the classroom. Georgetown volleyball has produced more than 100 BIG EAST All-Academic team selections since Williams took over in 2006. Georgetown volleyball earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011, as the team maintained a grade point average (GPA) over 3.3.
Williams arrived on the Hilltop after a successful four-year stint as an assistant at the University of Florida, where she helped the Gators reach two Final Fours and led them to its first appearance in a national championship game in 2003. Two years later, Florida finished 33-3, its third 30-win season in the four years. In addition, she coached players who combined for 14 All-America honors and 19 All-Southeastern Conference honors.
While at Florida, Williams was the program's recruiting coordinator, bringing in two consecutive classes that were rated among the top-10 in the country. In her first full year as recruiting coordinator, Williams' class was ranked No. 2 in the country by PrepVolleyball.com, and she followed that up in 2005 with a class that was rated No. 10, quite a feat considering no other top-10 team had less than three commitments and the Gators had only two.
Prior to her stint at Florida, Williams helped guide American University to an impressive 52-8 record during her two seasons at the school. The Eagles went 14-0 in the Patriot League in 2001 and earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, just one year after winning the Colonial Athletic Association conference title.
Before working at American, Williams served as a graduate assistant coach at Virginia Tech during the 1994 and 1995 seasons, earning a master's degree in education and student personnel services.
Williams earned a bachelor of arts degree in African-American studies in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin, where she was a standout middle blocker for the school. She was a three-time All-Big Ten selection (1990-92) and a two-time All-Region honoree (1990-91). In 1990 Williams was a member of the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival team that earned a gold medal.
During her final year with the Badgers, Williams broke the school's block record, kill record, and block solos record. Today, she still ranks in the top five of several career records: third in blocks (618), fourth in kills (1,495), third in total points (1,955.5), and first in block solos (162). Williams was a member of Wisconsin's 1990 Big Ten Championship team and was a captain in her senior year. She was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team in 1990, and selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team in both the 1991 and 1992 seasons. She also garnered AVCA All-Mideast Region honors for first team in 1990 and second team in 1991.
A native of Washington, D.C., Williams spent her formative years in Louisville, Ky. where she played for the Kentuckiana Volleyball Association and graduated from Kentucky Country Day School.
Williams and her family resides in Washington, D.C.
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