Kortney Robinson and Hoyas Defeat Maryland, 3-2 in Georgetown Classic Finale
Sept. 12, 2009
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Robinson, Dorismond and Malone Lead Hoyas Past Terps, 3-2
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kortney Robinson (Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove) and the Georgetown University volleyball team (5-5) battled back from a 2-1 deficit, winning the fourth and fifth sets to defeat the University of Maryand, 3-2 (25-20, 25-27, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9) in the finale of the 2009 Georgetown Classic at McDonough Arena on Saturday night. Robinson had 14 kills, including four in the final set to lift the Hoyas past the Terrapins.
Despite the loss, Maryland finished the weekend as the Georgetown Classic Champions, winning a three-way tiebreaker with the Hoyas and William & Mary by game differential.
Against the Terrapins, Ashley Malone had a double-double with 48 assists and 12 digs, while Vanessa Dorismond had 16 kills, as Robinson, Malone and Dorismond were named to the Georgetown Classic All-Tournament team. For Robinson, the tournament most valuable player, it was her first action at right-side hitter since her freshman year, but her mere presence on the floor made up for any adjustments she had to make for a tough match.
"I've always been a high energy player," Robinson said. "I always play with a lot of emotion, and through the last few matches I've realized that's what this team needs. If we can keep our energy and heart up we are capable of great things, so I need to be that defibrillator."
Ashley Malone had a double-double with 48 assists and 12 digs, while Vanessa Dorismond had 16 kills, as Robinson, Malone and Dorismond were named to the Georgetown Classic All-Tournament team. For Robinson, the tournament most valuable player, it was her first action at right-side hitter since her freshman year.
In the first set, Robinson's kill gave the Hoyas its first lead at 5-4. The Hoyas would never trail after that point, as Robinson and Dorismond each had three kills, while Malone, Lindsay Wise and Sara Manley added two. Georgetown out hit the Terps in the first set .250 to .045, clinching a 25-20 victory.
The Terrapins snuck out to a 10-6 lead in the second set and continued to keep distance, expanding the lead to five at 21-16. GU answered back with a 6-0 run to take a 22-21 lead late in the set. Maryland was able to fight off the Blue and Gray, as Katie Usher gave the Terps a 26-25 advantage before a GU attack error gave them a 27-25 second set win.
The third set appeared to be all Georgetown, as the Hoyas opened a 9-1 lead behind three early kills from Dorismond. Maryland would battle back, tying the score at 12, as Kara Bates served UMD on a 6-0 run. GU would build their lead back to four, but Maryland would end the set on a 9-3 run to win the third set 25-21, taking a 2-1 set advantage.
Georgetown took advantage of a Maryland team that hit -.029 in the fourth set, battling back from an early three point deficit. Though the Hoyas trailed most of the set, Robinson and Dorismond each put GU in front down the stretch and a series of attack errors set up Robinson to ice the fourth set with a kill, winning 25-21 to tie the match at two sets apiece.
Maryland started quickly in the fifth, but Georgetown would tie the set at five and never look back. Dorismond served the Hoyas on a 6-0 run to take an 8-5 lead. The Hoyas would slowly separate from the Terps, winning the fifth set 15-9 to seal the match.
"I think this is a confidence booster," Robinson said after the match. "Of the team's we've lost to, I felt we were the better team and to win against a Maryland team from a tough conference who have so much size will help us going into next weekend and into BIG EAST play."
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