Hoya Volleyball Drops Two on Final Day of D.C. Challenge
Aug. 25, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University volleyball team dropped two matches on the final day of the D.C. Challenge, held at American University's Bender Arena today. The Blue and Gray lost its first contest, 3-0, to George Washington. The game scores were 16-30, 28-30, 25-30. In the second contest, Georgetown fell, 3-0, to George Mason. The game scores were 22-30, 21-30, 15-30.
"This weekend was a good chance to see what we have been able to accomplish in preseason," Head Coach Arlisa Hagan Williams said. "We saw tremendous improvements in our defense and we are looking toward continued progress in the digs column. We know what we need to work on and we were able to get better with each game this weekend."
The second game of the day pitted Georgetown (0-3) against the George Mason Patriots (2-1).
In game one, Kortney Robinson (Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove) led the attack with five kills and a .333 attack percentage. Sophomore Dana Dumas (Nokomis, Fla./Pine View) followed up with .300 hitting percentage and three kills of her own. Sophomore Kiersten McKoy (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) maintained a .333 attack percentage. The Patriots scored six-consecutive points behind the serve of Fernanda Bartels to take a 13-8 lead aided by three kills from Jaqueline Kohler and a Bartels service ace. The Hoyas fell behind, 18-13, but climbed their way back to level the score at 20 off kills from Dumas, Robinson and freshman Paola Annoni (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic). Despite the comeback, George Mason won 10 of the next 12 points to take game one.
The second game saw the Hoyas take a slight lead (8-6) but a six-point run for the Patriots halted GU's momentum. The Hoyas were unable to regain the lead, despite a three-dig .500 performance from junior Katherine Niesen (Gainesville, Fla./Eastside) and lost the game, 30-22.
In game three, Georgetown came out ready to play and upped the team's hitting percentage from .081 in game two to .161. The Hoyas stayed even with George Mason and even took a one-point lead (13-12) before a commanding 14-point run for the Patriots solidified the game. With a 26-13 lead, GMU won four of the final six points to take the match.
Robinson fell just shy of her first double-double of the season as she tallied nine kills and 10 digs. Niesen led the team with a .375 hitting percentage for the match. George Mason continued to improve its hitting percentage as they hit .341 in the first game, .355 in game two and an astounding .455 in game three. Both teams suffered behind the serve as the Patriots committed eight service errors while Georgetown recorded 11 of its own.
In the first match of the day against George Washington (1-1), the Hoyas started off slow but put in strong performances in the second and third game.
In game two, the Hoyas kept things close off crucial kills from Dumas, who finished with eight and maintained a .286 attack percentage for the game. With the Colonials leading 24-21, Georgetown took advantage of two Dumas kills, an ace from Robinson and a key block from sophomore Courtney Cohen (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and freshman Vanessa Dorismond (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) to take a 27-26 lead. An errant GU play tied the game but Dumas tallied her eighth kill to give the Hoyas a one-point lead (28-27). However, the Colonials went on to win the next three points to take game two of the match.
Game three saw an intense Georgetown squad hit the floor. For the game, junior Niesen hit .571 with four kills while Dorismond hit .667 with two kills. The Hoyas led by as many as five points (14-9) in game three and solidified a 17-13 lead off a Niesen kill. However, the combination of three GW kills and a service ace proved beneficial as the Colonials won five-consecutive points to take back the lead. Georgetown took the lead once again (21-20) on back-to-back kills from Robinson and Dorismond but George Washington won six of the next seven points to take a 26-22 lead and swing the momentum in their favor before Georgetown called a timeout. The lead was too much for the Hoyas to overcome as the Colonials put together four kills in the next seven points to win the match.
For the match, Georgetown steadily improved with each game; they hit .125 in game two and improved to .233 in game three after a slow first game. Dumas led the team with 13 kills while Niesen put in eight of her own and maintained a .250 attack percentage. Niesen chipped in three blocks (one solo, two assisted). Robinson put in eight kills of her own while Annoni recorded 29 assists.
The Hoyas return to action on Friday, August 31 when they compete at the two-day University of Kentucky Tournament in Lexington, Ky. GU's first match is against Kentucky on Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m. They will continue play on Saturday, September 1 when they play against Cleveland State and Austin Peay University.