MacKenzie Simpson had 12 digs in the match
Sept. 12, 2012
NEWARK, Del. - The Georgetown University volleyball team (6-3) visited the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware Tuesday night, where they lost a tough match in straight sets to the Blue Hens (2-7). Set scores were 25-20, 25-18, and 25-13.
"I don't think we came prepared for the match tonight, for whatever reason" said head coach Arlisa Williams. On the resilient Delaware team that had only one win on the season coming into the match, "We weren't mentally prepared to go out and face a team that's fighting for their life."
The Blue Hens controlled the first set from start to finish. Down 17-22, the Hoyas called a timeout to try and regroup. They showed signs, but were never able to close the gap and lost the set 20-25.
The second set was much closer throughout, although the final score doesn't show it. There were nine ties and four lead changes. However, with the score tied at 17, the Delaware caught fire and ended the set on an 8-1 run.
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla.) played well, recording six of her team-high 13 kills and six of her nine digs in that second set. She consistently attacked at the net throughout the match.
"Johnson got a lot of her kills going down the line, and that was part of the game plan," said Williams. "She had a field day there and I thought she did a really nice job."
Junior Haley Lowrance (Phoenix, Ariz.) had 9 digs to go with her 32 assists from the setter position.
Momentum swung heavily in favor of the Blue Hens, as the Hoyas were deflated after the way the second set ended. Delaware came out and dominated the third and final set to complete the sweep.
Delaware's balanced attack was led by senior Alissa Alker's double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Ariel Shonk had a match-high 15 digs.
The Hoyas are back in action this weekend at the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament in Charleston, S.C. They will face host College of Charleston Friday, then play Michigan State and Presbyterian Saturday. The Blue & Gray open play at home Tuesday, Sept. 18 against non-conference opponent Liberty.
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