Aug. 25, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior middle blocker Lindsay Wise hit .667 with 14 kills and had two blocks to help the Georgetown University volleyball team (2-0) defeat George Mason, 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-19) on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena for the D.C. Challenge. With the victory, Georgetown moves to 2-0 after its first weekend of action.
"Lindsay was a rock star today," Head coach Arlisa Williams said about her captain. "We had a conversation this morning and she just went out and played. It showed in her attacking and her block touches that didn't show up in the stat line."
The Hoyas grabbed the momentum early with a dominating first set that saw the squad hit .417 and never looked back, winning its second straight match in three sets. Junior setter Haley Lowrance continued her strong play running the Hoyas offense, finishing with 26 assists, while contributing nine digs and four service aces. Junior outside hitter Brooke Bachesta hit .308 for the match with five kills and two blocks.
In the first set, Mason kept pace with the Hoyas early, even taking an early lead before MacKenzie Simpson's kill put GU in front 6-5. Two points later, Lindsay Wise's kill forced a Patriots timeout, but the Blue & Gray never trailed in the first set after that point. GU had runs of six and five consecutive points to lead by as many as 11 points. Wise had five kills on six attempts and the Hoyas had three service aces to win the first set 25-16.
Mason responded in the second, forcing the Hoyas into its closest set of the young season. Overall there were eight tie scores and five lead changes, with the Patriots taking a 21-20 lead. Wise and Lauren Saar each had kills to put the Hoyas in front for good, before Dani White hit the game-winner into the floor.
The Hoyas took a quick 4-0 lead in the final set, aided by two consecutive service aces from Alex Johnson and continued to expand the lead behind the service games of Johnson and Lowrance. The Hoyas led by as many as 11 points, going up 21-9, before the Patriots closed the gap with a 5-0 run late in the match. Georgetown shook off GMU's late rally scoring three of the last four points to close out the set and match, 25-19.
"I think that we played well," Head coach Arlisa Williams said following the match. "There were times when we got down, but what I like about this team is they kept fighting back and never let the pressure get to them."
The Hoyas return to the court next weekend when they travel to Williamsburg, Va. to take part in the William & Mary Tournament. The Hoyas open with Campbell on Friday, then take on Manhattan and the host Tribe on Saturday, September 1.