Sept. 2, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Georgetown University women's volleyball team finished day two of the Jefferson Cup with a 1-1 record. The Hoyas (2-4) dropped a 3-1 (30-22, 22-30, 27-30, 20-30) decision to East Carolina in the early match, but rebounded for a 3-1 (30-22, 27-30, 30-17, 30-27) win over Wright State. Sophomore middle blocker Katherine Niesen (Gainesville, Fla./Eastside) earned a spot of the Jefferson Cup All-Tournament Team for her solid play throughout the weekend.
GU's Jessica Buffum (San Jose, Calif./Lynbrook) continues to turn in one terrific performance after another. The sophomore outside hitter tallied a match-high 19 kills to go with 13 digs in Georgetown's loss to East Carolina. Freshman outside hitter Jessica Hardy (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) donated a career-best 17 kills, seven digs, two blocks and two assists to the Hoya effort, while junior Katie Nulty (Santa Barbara, Calif./Laguna Blanca) added match-high 16 digs as the GU libero. Sophomore Caitlin Boland (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) dished out 38 assists and tied a match-high in aces with three. She also tallied seven digs.
Senior middle blocker Annie Connor (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis) contributed nine kills, three digs and three blocks, including two solo stops. Fellow classmate Jessica George (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett) finished with six kills, three digs and a block, and Kate Fisher (Jr., Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo) wrapped up the match with 20 assists, seven digs and three kills. Niesen had five kills and three blocks on the afternoon.
Kelly Wernert and Mignon Dubenion led East Carolina with 18 and 16 kills, respectively. Wernert was also credited with 14 digs, while Dubenion tallied a match-high seven blocks.
The Pirates hit .295 for the match and posted 12 team blocks. The Hoyas ended the contest with a .225 hitting percentage and six team blocks.
Georgetown earned its second win of the season with the 3-1 victory over Wright State in the evening match. Buffum turned in her best showing as a Hoya with a career-high 22 kills, also a match-high, and 16 digs. In addition, she notched four assists and three blocks. Connor came up big with a season-best 19 kills and nine blocks and a team-high .400 hitting percentage (19 kills with five errors in 35 attempts). Niesen's line read 11 kills, four blocks and an assist, while Hardy and George recorded eight kills apiece. Even more impressive than Hardy's eight kills was her career-best 21 digs, and George added six blocks and two assists.
Boland handed out a career-best 59 assists as well as 10 digs, three kills, two aces and two blocks. Nulty had the hot serving hand with a match-high three aces to go with eight digs.
Sarah Poling had the top performance for Wright State with 12 kills, eight digs and two blocks. The Raiders posted a .156 hitting percentage, bested by the Hoyas' .285. Georgetown edged out Wright State in team blocks 13-12.
he Hoyas open the home portion of their schedule this upcoming weekend when they host the Georgetown Classic. Campbell, Howard and Coastal Carolina will participate in the two-day tournament. The Hoyas will take on Campbell on Friday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. Then, on Saturday, September 9, Georgetown will meet Howard at 1:00 p.m. and Coastal Carolina at 7:00.