Sept. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown's women's volleyball team (4-4) put together one of its finer all-around performances Wednesday night in front of its home crowd, blowing by crosstown foe George Washington in straight sets (25-13, 25-21, 25-22).
"I'm really excited about the way that we performed tonight," Head Coach Arlisa Williams said after the victory. "We've had good moments in pertormances that were disappointing, so to come out tonight and to keep to the game plan, pay attention to the details and win in convincing fashion -- I'm very happy."
The Hoyas proved their mettle early, dominating the first set after opening with a 9-1 lead on the Colonials. After two 6-1 runs to start the match, GU forced the visitors to take an early time out, but the Hoyas kept on rolling, extending its lead to as much as 15-4. GW bounced back and on the swing of Loren Williams won five straight points, but still up 19-11 after a timeout of their own, the Hoyas six of the final points to take the first set, 25-13.
"First and foremost, our passers (Saar, Simpson and Johnson) kept us in system for about 90-percent of this match," Williams said. "Because of their performance, we were able to do some great things, including getting our middles involved."
GW found a way to make things interesting in the opening of the second set, jumping out to a 4-2 lead. But the Hoyas rallied at home, led by Lauren Saar's service run that included kills from Annallee Abell and Alex Johnson. After taking a 10-7 lead, Georgetown traded blows with George Washington, which eventually chipped away at the lead to hold onto a 16-15 deficit late. Up a cautious 23-20, GU relied on Johnson to give the Hoyas the match-point advantage; the Blue & Gray then capitalized on a Colonial mistake to claim the second frame, 25-21.
Once again, to start the set George Washington bolted out of the gates, this time holding a 5-1 lead. Johnson, Saar and Abell all provided points for the Hoyas down the stretch, but GW faltered in its attack, allowing GU to rally back and tie the set at 10-10. From there, the Hoyas, led by Dani White, climbed back into the driver's seat and didn't look in the rearview mirror, even as GW made a late run. The Hoyas ended up earning the three-game sweep over the Colonials with a 25-22 third set victory.
Johnson led all players with 15 kills on the evening, adding six digs and two assists. Lauren Saar came out firing and finished with 13 kills and 13 digs, her fifth double-double of the young season. Dani White hit an impressive .412 on the evening with nine kills.
Defensively, the Hoyas got help from Saar and MacKenzie Simpson in the back with 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Ashlie Williams turned in an impressive performance as well, totaling 3.5 blocks (two solo) and a pair of digs to go along with her three kills at the net.
With the win in their pockets, the Hoyas are set to travel south to participate in the Active Ankle Challenge in Gainesville, Fla. Georgetown is slated to square off with Florida on Friday, followed by Western Michigan and Iona on Saturday.