Sept. 21, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team (10-6) rallied back from two sets down to defeat the UMBC Retrievers (4-10) 3-2 on Tuesday night at McDonough Arena in the Hoyas last game before starting its BIG EAST Conference schedule this weekend. Senior Samantha Trauth (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) led the Hoyas with 17 kills, including nine over the last three sets, while senior Vanessa Dorismond (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) added 13 kills and a team-leading .435 hitting percentage in the victory.
Junior Ashley Malone (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) had 52 assists, helping the Hoyas hit over .300 in each of the last three sets, while adding 16 digs and three kills in the victory while junior Tory Rezin (Morris, Ill./Morris) led the team's defense with 20 digs.
The Hoyas took an early 3-1 lead in the first set, but quickly fell behind, as nine attack errors through the first set doomed GU's chances. Georgetown hit a match-low .028, as the Retrievers took advantage of the miscues. UMBC added four service aces taking a 1-0 match advantage with a 25-20 set victory.
Georgetown and UMBC were tied seven times through the early portion of the second set until a Hoyas' attack error gave the Retrievers a 13-12 lead. UMBC would never trail again, leading by as many as five points in another 25-20 victory to take a 2-0 advantage. Dorismond and Trauth each had five kills during the second set.
Malone had 15 assists and helped the Hoyas hit .324 during a third set that featured 17 Georgetown kills and two blocks. The score was tied 10 times throughout the third set until a service ace by Trauth put the Hoyas ahead 15-14. She followed with a kill, setting up a 4-0 Georgetown run to take control of the third set. Trauth finished out the set with consecutive kills to earn a 25-19 victory. Dorismond have five kills in seven chances for Georgetown in the third set.
Trauth opened the fourth set the way she closed the third, with a kill to put GU in front 1-0. They never trailed in the fourth set, while hitting a match hit .375. Georgetown would lead by as many as six during the fourth set, as freshman Elizabeth Riggins (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita) had five kills in five attempts for Georgetown.
In the deciding fifth set, Georgetown opened on a 6-1 behind three kills by Dorismond. UMBC would rally back, closing the gap to one point at 10-9. Though Trauth put GU back in front by two and the Hoyas took advantage of three attack errors by the Retrievers down the stretch to take the fifth set, 15-9 and the match at 3-2.
Georgetown will open its BIG EAST Conference schedule on Friday, September 24 when they host Syracuse at 7 p.m. Georgetown continues BIG EAST play during homecoming weekend on the Hilltop, hosting Marquette on Sunday, September 26 at 1 p.m. at McDonough Arena.
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