RICHMOND, Va. - The Georgetown University volleyball team split their two Saturday matches in the VCU/Third Degree Sportswear Invitational, defeating Virginia (4-5) 3-0 in the morning but falling to host VCU (9-1) 3-1 in the evening session. After entering the weekend with a 5-0 unbeaten record, the team went 1-2 at the tournament and now stands at 6-2 on the season.
Sophomores Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla.) both earned All-Tournament team honors. White was recently named MVP of the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va. this past weekend. For Johnson, it is her third All-Tournament team after being selected to the Tribe Invitational team and named MVP of the season-opening DC Challenge.
Following Friday's heartbreaking loss versus Appalachian State, the Hoyas got back on track against a tough Virginia team with set scores of 25-19, 25-19, and 25-21. Junior Annalee Abell (Lexington, Ky.) led the team with 11 kills. The Hoyas game plan was to get her some balls on the right side, and she delivered when called upon.
Johnson turned in another quality performance with 10 kills and 16 digs, and White had 9 kills on .467 hitting.
Georgetown was never seriously threatened in the first two sets. In the third, they trailed 12-6 before rallying and eventually ending the match with a 25-21 set victory. For seventh-year head coach Arlisa Williams, Saturday marks the first time the Hoyas have beaten the Cavaliers in her tenure. "It was a great win for us. It was a complete team effort."
Kayla Sears led the Cavaliers with nine kills and Emily Rottman added 13 digs.
In the second match, the Hoyas came out flat in the early going. "We knew that we had to win the serving and passing battle" said Williams, "but we didn't serve as aggressively as we needed to and didn't take care of balls on our side of the net as well as we had done in the morning."
After dropping the first two, GU showed some fight by winning the third, but it was too big a hole to climb out of. The Rams closed it out in the fourth and won by set scores of 25-14, 25-20, 23-25, and 27-25.
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Saar (Plainwell, Mich.) played a great game and led the Hoyas with 15 kills. The Rams were led by Anett Farkas' double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs.
"For the weekend as a whole, we wish we could have some of our points back but it was a great learning experience for us."
VCU's Farkas was named tournament MVP. She was joined by teammates Cecilia Aragao and Martina Samadan on the All-Tournament team. Dalton Tolliver of Appalachian State and Tori Janikowski of Virginia were named to the team as well.
The Hoyas return to the court Tuesday for a road match at Delaware. They will then head to Charleston, S.C. for three matches at the Holliday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament before the home opener against Liberty on Sept. 18.