Hoya Volleyball Defeats Iona on Final Day of the Georgetown Classic
Sept. 8, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University volleyball team defeated Iona, 3-1, today in its final match of the Georgetown Classic in McDonough Arena. The scores were 30-26, 22-30, 30-21, 30-22. Georgetown improves to 2-8, while the Gaels dropped to 2-8 on the season. In Georgetown's earlier match, Towson defeated the Hoyas, 3-1. Game scores were 30-18, 25-30, 18-30, 25-30.
In the two other matches today, Northwestern defeated Iona, 3-0 (30-23, 30-9, 30-11) and went on to defeat Towson, 3-0 (30-21, 30-15, 30-18). Sophomore Dana Dumas (Nokomis, Fla./Pine View) had a standout performance over the two-day tournament and was named to the 2007 Georgetown Classic All-Tournament Team.
Against Iona, Dumas led the team with 16 kills and recorded a double-double with 12 digs to her name while maintaining a .387 attack percentage. Sophomore Jessica Hardy (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) played outside hitter and also tallied a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Vanessa Dorismond (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) had a breakout performance with 15 kills and a team-high .636 attack percentage. Junior Katherine Niesen (Gainesville, Fla./Eastside) kept up with her consistent play, recording 11 kills, hitting .364 and pitching in three blocks (one solo, two assisted). Georgetown put up 65 kills to Iona's 48 and outdug the Gaels, 57-51.
Georgetown trailed by as many as eight points (21-13) in game one before the team picked up three-straight points on a Niesen kill, Dumas service ace and another Niesen kill to pull within five points (21-16). A clutch dig by junior Caitlin Boland (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) kept the Hoyas alive as Iona went on to commit a hitting error, providing a much-needed adrenaline kick as the Blue and Gray trailed, 23-17. Hardy recorded three-consecutive kills to cut the lead to three and sophomore Courtney Cohen (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Academy) and Dorismond tacked on a key block to pull within two (24-22). Four errant Iona plays and two kills, credited to Hardy and Dorismond, gave Georgetown a 27-24 lead and prompted an Iona timeout. Following the break, Dorismond tacked on the eighth-consecutive Hoya point with a solo block to put the Hoyas within two points of game one. Kills from Hardy and Dumas gave Georgetown game one. Georgetown ended game one with 19 kills and a .318 attack percentage as Hardy tallied eight kills, while Niesen followed up with five and a nearly flawless .833 hitting percentage.
The Gaels took game two with an impressive .667 performance and 14 kills while Georgetown posted a .100 attack percentage.
Game three remained close at the beginning, but an assisted block off the fingertips of Dorismond and Hardy triggered an Iona timeout and the Hoyas swung the momentum in their favor, winning seven of the next 11 points for a 20-15 lead. Three errant plays in five points induced the second timeout for the Gaels. The break only encouraged Georgetown, as the hosts returned to tally three-straight kills from Dorismond, Hardy and sophomore Kortney Robinson (Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove) and pull the Blue and Gray within two points (28-19). Kills from Hardy and Dorismond won game three for Georgetown. The Hoyas hit .405 in game three with 21 kills, eight of them from Dorismond, who hit .583. Dumas was flawless in game three as she tallied four kills on four attempts.
The Blue and Gray came out strong in the first 10 points of the fourth game, taking a 7-3 lead behind the play of Dorismond (two kills, two assisted blocks) and Robinson (one kill, two assisted blocks). The Gaels rallied back to pull within one point (9-8) on three GU errors and a service ace, but the Hoyas maintained the lead with three Dumas kills nestled within 11 points. Georgetown pushed forward to take a 22-16 lead behind the play of Niesen (one assisted block, one kill) and Robinson (back-to-back service aces and one assisted block). With a four-point lead (26-22), Georgetown ended the match in flawless form with two kills from Dumas, a service ace from Dorismond and a Niesen solo block. Dumas recorded seven kills in game four on 10 attempts for a .700 attack percentage while Dorismond was a perfect 4-fo-4 on the attack.
In Georgetown's first match of the day against Towson, Niesen led the charge for the Hoyas as she hit a team-high .391 with 12 kills. Dorismond chipped in another three kills and hit .500 while Dumas tallied a team-high 15 kills. Boland recorded 37 assists and maintained a .375 attack percentage with four kills.
Game one against the Tigers saw the score pitted at nine. Georgetown pulled ahead on a Dumas kill and did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. A successful block off Niesen and sophomore Kiersten McKoy (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) followed by a Dumas kill gave Georgetown a four-point lead (16-12). Back-to-back Niesen kills prompted a Towson timeout but the break did not prove successful for the Tigers as they returned with three-straight errors before the second Tiger timeout. A service ace from Dumas and back-to-back Boland kills rounded out the eight-point Hoya run to give them a 25-14 lead. Georgetown ended the game by capitalizing on a crucial Tiger error and three Hoya kills. Georgetown hit .324 as the Tigers hit in negative figures for game one. Dumas led the attack with six kills and maintained a .455 attack percentage while Niesen tallied four kills for a .571 attack percentage.
Game two saw an entirely different Tiger momentum as they were able to hit .312 for the game and tallied 16 kills to Georgetown's 12. Towson kept on the upswing and maintained their level of play in game three as Georgetown slipped to negative figures. While the Hoyas crept out of their slump in game four, they were not able to outhit the Tigers, who put up just one more kill (13) and hit .206 for the game and won the match, 3-1.
Georgetown returns to action on Tuesday, September 11 when they travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on Morgan State at 7 p.m.
2007 Georgetown Classic All-Tournament Team
Lindsay Anderson, Sr., OH, Northwestern *