Sept. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - In their first BIG EAST conference home game of the season, the Georgetown University volleyball (6-10, 0-3) team fell short against Seton Hall (15-1, 3-0), losing 3-1 Friday night at McDonough Arena. Set scores were 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, and 25-18.
Sophomore libero MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) played an excellent defensive match, holding down the back row with a team-high 20 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) played well at the net, with a match-high 15 kills on .321 hitting.
The Hoyas only lead in the first set was at 2-1. Each time GU strung together a couple of points and looked as if they could get back in it, Seton Hall made critical plays to keep their lead comfortable. Georgetown's 10 errors to Seton Hall's two in the set were too much to overcome.
Holding a slight 8-7 edge in the second, the Hoyas won five points in a row on Emily Gisolfi (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) serves. GU built an 18-11 lead, but the Pirates scored six consecutive points to put the score at 18-16, shifting the pressure back to the Hoyas to close it out. Leading 24-23, Head Coach Arlisa Williams called a timeout. It was a critical moment in the match and a point the Hoyas needed to win. They responded by winning the next point and the set on an Alex Johnson spike.
"I do think that we're seeing improvement. It's just not enough right now" said Williams. The loss is the team's ninth in a row.
GU led 6-1 early in the third, but the strong start would not last. Seton Hall stormed back to take control. They took a 9-8 advantage and never relinquished the lead. The Hoyas kept fighting, and forced a Pirates timeout after they rattled off three straight points to close the lead to 22-20. However, Seton Hall was able to end the set at 25-22.
Junior setter Haley Lowrance (Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope) had a match-high 40 assists and "did a nice job of getting our hitters one-on-one" added Williams. "Unfortunately, we didn't always terminate those."
Despite losing the third, the Blue & Gray remained confident entering the fourth set. They played even volleyball and made some nice plays early on, but the Pirates once again pulled away.
Williams commented that in the fourth set, "We didn't pass balls well. If you can't pass, you can't play."
Twins Shelbey and Stacey Manthorpe starred for the Pirates, each recording double-doubles. Shelbey nearly posted a triple-double on 12 kills, 22 assists, and eight digs. Morgan Devries hit a match-high .407, tallying 12 kills on 27 attempts.
The Hoyas remain in D.C. and aim for their first BIG EAST victory Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. versus Rutgers (14-3, 0-2).