Georgetown Volleyball Battles, but Loses 3-1 Decision to Troy
Sept. 14, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Despite being just two points shy of the first game, the Georgetown University volleyball team lost game one, 32-30, and subsequently the match to Troy, 3-1, today at the Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, S.C. This afternoon's contest marks the first of the three-match Wingate Inn Tournament hosted by Winthrop University. The game scores were 30-32, 26-30, 30-28, 25-30. The Hoyas drop to 3-9 while the Trojans improve to 4-8.
The Hoyas put up strong numbers in the first three games with .250, .231 and .244 hitting percentages, respectively. The Hoyas maintained a high kill tally in game four (17), but the errant attacks brought their hitting percentage to a mere .093, costing them game four and the match. Sophomore Jessica Hardy (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) led the team for the second-consecutive game with 19 kills, adding 12 digs for the double-double. Junior setter Caitlin Boland (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) tallied a season-high six kills and recorded 43 assists as the Hoya setter. Sophomore Dana Dumas (Nokomis, Fla./Pine View) also had a double-double as she notched 13 kills and 10 digs.
The score remained close through all of game one with both teams delivering a clean game, trading kills as the score was tied 16 separate times. With the score tied at 29, a kill from Troy's Aubre Smith gave the Trojans their first game point. Boland tallied her second kill of the game to deny the Trojans game one and knot the game at 30. Another kill from the Trojans gave them their second game point. Freshman Vanessa Dorismond (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) went up for the kill but her attempt missed the mark giving Troy game one.
While the Hoyas and Troy shared nearly identical hitting percentages (.231 and .229, respectively) in the second stanza, the Trojans won the game as they tallied 15 kills to Georgetown's 12.
Game three saw a close beginning yet again with the score tied at three points apiece. Georgetown went on to win 11 of the next 16 points to take a 14-8. Seven of the 11 points were won on GU kills - three credited to Hardy with Dumas and junior Katherine Niesen (Gainesville, Fla./Eastside) recording two each. Troy battled back and even took a two-point lead (23-21) before Georgetown won 6-of-9 points to take back the lead, 27-26. The Trojans tallied a kill and took advantage of an errant GU play to regain the lead. However, two wayward attempts from the Trojans and a Dumas kill gave the Hoyas game three.
In game four, a six-point run from the Trojans gave them a three-point lead (19-16) they would not relinquish. Behind the serve of Troy's Carla Rasuck, the Trojans extended the lead to six, 24-18. The two teams traded points but the Hoyas could not make up the ground and lost game four.
The Blue and Gray return to the court tomorrow, September 15 for the last two matches of the Wingate Inn Tournament in Rock Hill, S.C. The first match is against Mercer at noon and they end the tournament when they take on the Winthrop Eagles at 7 p.m.