Sept. 15, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Georgetown University volleyball team lost a five set match Friday that went down to the wire against College of Charleston. C of C won the opening match of the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament by set scores of 27-29, 25-27, 25-23, 25-22, and 15-13.
Georgetown won the first two sets, but the Cougars clawed their way back into the match and prevailed in five. The first two sets were very competitive, and each needed extra points to finally be settled.
Alex Johnson(Tampa, Fla.) continued her stellar play, with career-highs of 26 kills and 23 digs, leading all players in both categories for the night. She was also the leader in service aces with three, giving her 29 points.
"We came out in set three and were pushing really hard to get it done" said head coach Arlisa Williams, "but in that push we made way too many errors." That was the story, as GU made nine unforced errors in the third set.
Of four Hoyas with double-digit kills, Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif.) hit .326 and was second on the team with 20, while Lauren Saar (Plainwell, Mich.) had 13 and Annalee Abell (Lexington, Ky.) had 10. Haley Lowrance(Phoenix, Ariz.) had 72 assists for the Hoyas, and was one of five with double-digit digs.
The two final sets were very closely contested as well. The fourth was tied at 22 late before C of C surged for the 25-22 win. The fifth nearly needed extra points after GU rallied from down 10-13 to come within a point at 13-14.
"The team did some really good things on the floor. We communicated well for the most part, executed the game plan, and played high energy."
However, it wasn't quite enough today against a tough C of C side that was picked to finish first this year in the Southern Conference's South Division. College of Charleston has won either the regular season division title or conference tournament championship each of the last 11 seasons.
The Cougars' Darcy Dorton had a full stat sheet, tallying 20 kills and 22 digs for a double-double. Sloane White had 18 kills and no errors for a .450 hitting percentage.
The Blue & Gray have two remaining matches in the tournament. Saturday they will take on undefeated Michigan State (10-0) at 10 a.m. and Presbyterian at 4:30 p.m. Michigan State swept Presbyterian in their Friday match.
The Hoyas will return to McDonough Arena to play their first home match of the season against Liberty on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.