Hoyas Close Out Opening BIG EAST Stint with Loss to DePaul
Sept. 25, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team traveled to Chicago, Ill. this afternoon to finish out their BIG EAST conference road trip against the DePaul Blue Demons. The Hoyas lost in unfortunate fashion to DePaul, losing in alternating sets with scores of 25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 19-25 and 9-15.
Georgetown opened their two-day conference road trip in South Bend, Ind. yesterday afternoon to face off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who swept the Hoyas in straight sets.
Head Coach Arlisa Williams had few words to say postgame, yet remained optimistic of the days to come leading to the next few matches.
"The weekend wasn't what we were hoping for after ending the non-conference season on such a high note. We played inconsistently, passed poorly, and were high-error. That's a deadly combination.
"We will use Monday to reflect, and utilize Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to refocus. The players are talented. I know we will still do great things. Next week, with BIG EAST play at home, begins a new chapter. I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out."
Lindsay Wise (Raleigh, N.C./Raleigh Charter) had a team-high .400 hitting percentage to go with 10 digs, one service ace, one assist and two digs.
Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led the team with 20 kills, while also notching 12 digs, two assists, a block solo and a .204 hitting percentage.
Ashley Malone (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) obtained a match-high 50 assists, team-high 15 digs, four kills, two service aces, and recorded a .200 hitting percentage.
Captain Tory Rezin (Morris, Ill./Morris), who returned home for the second and final time in her collegiate career, recorded 14 digs and four assists on the afternoon.
Both Rezin and Malone are on pace to set career records for Georgetown for digs and assists, respectively.
As indicative of the set scores, Georgetown kept pace with DePaul in terms of lead changes, forcing errors and attacking the ball, while maintaining defense on their side of the net.
Being eager for a win after suffering a loss yesterday aided the Hoyas in coming out strong against the Blue Demons. Taking the first set gave Georgetown the necessary momentum swing to settle into the groove of conference play.
However, the Blue Demons didn't back down, and at certain points throughout the match Georgetown relented on their attacks, which led DePaul to take sets two and four after the Hoyas took one and three.
The Hoyas had the fifth set early, yet DePaul battled back and never lost the lead. The Hoyas are now 8-7 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
Georgetown returns home for the first time in weeks to battle against the Pittsburgh Panthers September 30. The match starts at 7 p.m. This is one of six remaining home games for the Hoyas.