Rutgers Volleyball Holds Off Georgetown in BIG EAST Road Opener, 3-2
Sept. 28, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's volleyball team fought back from a two-game deficit, but fell in the fifth and deciding game, 15-10, as Rutgers escaped with a 3-2 win over the Hoyas on Friday night at the College Avenue Gym in Piscataway, N.J.
It was the fourth-straight loss for the Blue and Gray, who fall to 4-13 overall and 0-3 in the BIG EAST Conference, while Rutgers improves to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in league play.
"We didn't play well in the first two games and dug a hole for ourselves," Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Hagan Williams said. "I'm proud of how we battled back to get back in, but we fell behind early in the fifth game and couldn't get back."
The Scarlet Knights won the first two games, 30-24 and 30-27, respectively to take a 2-0 lead, but behind the play of junior setter Caitlin Boland (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) and sophomore outside hitter Dana Dumas (Nokomis, Ill./Pine View), who combined for 33 digs, the Hoyas raced back and won the next two games - 30-25 and 30-23, respectively, to send it to a fifth and deciding game.
Rutgers won the first seven points and nine of the first 10 en route to a 15-10 win, taking the conference matchup.
In the first game, the Scarlet Knights led 8-7, but used a 7-2 spurt to take a 15-9 lead. The hosts had pushed its lead up to eight points, 27-19, but the Hoyas rallied and used a 5-1 run to pull to within four points, 28-24. RU won the next two points for the 30-24 win.
The Hoyas took an early lead in the second game, winning eight of the first 11 points to take an 8-3 lead after kills from Hardy and Dumas. Rutgers managed to tie the game at 14-all and the teams battled back and forth before the Scarlet Knights broke a 19-all tie, taking a 21-19 advantage. The Hoyas tied it up again at 24-all, but RU won six of the final nine points in the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Rutgers jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the third game, but scored 14 of the next 22 points to tie the game at 18-all after a Rutgers service error. A block by Dumas gave GU a 19-18 lead and she followed with a service ace to extend the margin to 20-18. The Blue and Gray extended their lead to four points, 25-21, on a kill from sophomore outside hitter Jessica Hardy (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) and held on for the 30-25 win.
In the fourth game, the Hoyas won 10 of the first 13 points, taking a 10-3 lead after two kills apiece from Dumas, sophomore middle blocker Courtney Cohen (Tampa, Fla./Berekley) and sophomore middle blocker Kiersten McKoy (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd). The lead grew to 20-9 after a kill from sophomore outside hitter Kortney Robinson (Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove) as the Hoays went on to win the game 30-23.
Dumas led the way for the Hoyas with 15 kills, 15 digs and five service aces, while Boland added 18 digs and two aces.
Georgetown returns to play on Tuesday, October 2 at UMBC. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m.