Sept. 21, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Georgetown women's volleyball team went the distance for the second night in a row, but the Hoyas fell to the UMBC Retrievers in five sets, 3-2 (18-25, 25-22, 27-25, 21-25, 10-15).
Once again, Lauren Saar tallied a double-double for the Blue & Gray with 13 kills and 17 digs, while Dani White nearly tied a season-high kill total with 16, adding six total blocks to the ledger. Ashlie Williams had four blocks of her own, adding nine kills offensively. Caitlin Brauneis was solid in the middle with 42 assists and a team-high 19 digs, while MacKenzie Simpson added 13 crucial scoops herself.
White and Annalee Abell led the charge for the Hoyas in the beginning stages of the first set, propelling GU to a 6-3 lead, each with a kill and a block assist. But the Retrievers forced their share of errors to knot the contest early, 7-7. UMBC used a bit of a run and extended its advantage to 15-11 before Georgetown called a timeout to talk things over. The Hoyas raced back, forcing UMBC to call for time after a Brauneis ace pulled GU within 19-17, but the Retrievers took the set after five consecutive points won them the set, 25-18.
UMBC kept its momentum rolling, opening up the second set with a 5-1 lead, but the Hoyas continued with pressure of their own. After a solo block from White tied the contest at 5-5, she and Brauneis combined for another block on the right side to give the Hoyas their first lead of the set, 6-5. On the heels of Williams and Saar kills, GU took a 12-10 lead in the back-and-forth contest. An eventual 5-0 run, including kill from Williams and another ace from Brauneis, gave GU a comfortable 23-16 advantage, but UMBC clawed its way back, even nulling set point twice, to 24-22. But the Hoyas prevailed on a nice kill from Williams.
After a tight battle to begin the third, Georgetown steamrolled on a 7-1 run to go up 13-7 over the Retrievers. But once again, UMBC inched closer to GU, eventually crawling back to down just one, 17-16 after a string of timely runs. Tremendous Georgetown defense led to the Hoyas owning set point, 24-21, but after UMBC used an ace and a GU error to pull within 24-23, the Retrievers knocked at the door taking a quick 25-24 lead. But Georgetown was relentless on the attack after a timeout. White knotted things back up at 25, and eventually Saar finished the frame with a big-time kill to give GU a 27-25 win, and a 2-1 match lead.
The Hoyas tight-roped their way to an 11-9 lead in the early stages of the fourth set, using a mixture of timely kills, while taking advantage of a bevy of UMBC attack errors. But the Retrievers finished strong, taking five of the final seven points to take the frame, 25-21.
UMBC quickly pounced out to a 3-0 lead in the race to 15 points in the fifth set, prompting Williams to call for time. Out of the breather, the Hoyas put together a nice attack, eventually tying the set up at 4-4, behind a pair of kills from White. UMBC, however, capitalized once again on Hoya errors to take an 11-7 lead before another GU timeout. The Retrievers, however, sniffed out the victory, taking the final frame, 15-10.
GU opens up BIG EAST action in one week, traveling to Villanova on Sept. 28.