Sept. 18, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team lost their first home contest of the season 3-1 against Liberty at McDonough Arena on Tuesday night. Set scores were 21-25, 25-18, 26-28, and 20-25.
In the opening set the two teams appeared very evenly matched. The set consisted of 16 ties and six lead changes, but the Flames pulled away for the victory.
Georgetown responded with a convincing second set win. Leading 21-15 late in the set, Liberty scored three straight points, cutting the lead to 21-18. GU then called a timeout, and proceeded to win the next four points to take the set.
"There was really nothing specific I told them" said seventh-year head coach Arlisa Williams, "I just reminded them to be composed, take care of the first ball, and let's terminate it."
Williams noted "If you look at the last few matches we've played, our team chemistry and discipline were better tonight."
Three players hit over .600 in that set, including Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif.) who had 10 of her 18 kills in the second. Annalee Abell (Lexington, Ky.) hit .636 in the set and recorded seven of her 13 kills.
Senior Lindsay Wise (Raleigh, N.C.) hit .583 to lead the Hoyas, and posted seven kills.
With the Hoyas trailing 21-24 in the third, two service errors by the Flames put the score at 23-24. Sensing control slipping away, Liberty called a timeout to regroup. Georgetown was able to extend the set, but still wound up losing it 26-28.
The fourth set was much more one-sided, as Liberty never trailed. After the Flames took a 12-14 lead, the Hoyas would not get closer than four points again in the match. The Flames' Loren Thomas played a tremendous match, hitting a career-high .700 with 15 kills. Caroline Douglas led Liberty with 18 kills.
Liberty won the error battle, recording 16 to Georgetown's 19. While GU only had three more errors than their opponent, several of them were costly, including two in a row to end the critical third set.
"We've talked a lot about reducing our errors and especially our unforced errors" said Williams. "We have got to reduce that number if we're going to be successful."
The Blue & Gray will open BIG EAST conference play this weekend with two road matches. They travel to Queens, N.Y. to face St. John's Friday at 7 p.m., and then meet Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. on Sunday at 2 p.m.
GU's next home match is Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. against BIG EAST conference foe Seton Hall.