Georgetown Loses Close Contest to Rutgers

Dani White had eight blocks on a team-leading .333 hitting percentage against Rutgers

Sept. 30, 2012

Box Score

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team (6-11, 0-4 BIG EAST) lost to Rutgers (15-4, 1-3) 3-1 Sunday in a competitive match at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas dropped the first two sets, won the third, and narrowly lost the fourth set by scores of 25-23, 25-16, 18-25, and 26-24.

With GU leading 23-19 and on the verge of their first opening-set win since a Sept. 14 loss at College of Charleston, the Scarlet Knights scored three straight, narrowing the gap to one. Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams then called timeout to refocus the Hoyas on finishing the set strong. However, Rutgers continued their run and escaped with a 25-23 set win.

The Blue & Gray seemed to put the rough first set ending behind them when they came out and won the first five points of set two. The resurgence would not last however, as Rutgers tied it at 6 following the Hoyas hot start. GU simply had too many lapses where the Scarlet Knights went on extended runs. Trailing 12-13 later in the set, Rutgers quickly turned it into a 20-13 lead en route to a two-set lead.

Georgetown broke through in the third to win the set. Elizabeth Riggins (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita) had five of her nine kills, as GU led start to finish. They played consistent and were strong on defense. Sophomore libero MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) had 16 digs in the match.

Late in the fourth set, the Hoyas were faced with an almost identical situation to the one they were in late in the opening set. GU called a timeout leading 24-22, but once again Rutgers' momentum was not broken and they closed out the match with a 26-24 fourth set victory. The Hoyas have lost the last 10 matches.

"What I was trying to do was slow down the momentum," said Head Coach Arlisa Williams. "If you look at both of them, those timeouts were taken after they had gone on significant runs. "

 

 

Entering the weekend Ronnie Komisarek of Rutgers led the BIG EAST in service aces, but Georgetown's junior setter Haley Lowrance (Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope) passes her with four aces today.

Rutgers' Sarah Schmid had match-highs of 18 kills and .385 hitting percentage. Libero Tracy Wright added 19 digs for the Scarlet Knights.

GU is home Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m., where they take on BIG EAST foe Villanova.

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August 25
5:00 PM
Howard
Washington, D.C. (at American)
August 26
12:00 PM
Santa Clara
Washington, D.C. (at Howard)
August 26
5:00 PM
American
Washington, D.C. (at Howard)
September 1
12:30 PM
The Citadel
Arlington, Va. (The Pentagon)
September 2
10:30 AM
Columbia
Arlington, Va. (Ft. Myer)
September 2
3:30 PM
Army West Point
Arlington, Va. (Ft. Myer)
September 8
4:30 PM
Coppin State vs. Buffalo
McDonough Arena
September 8
7:00 PM
James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 9
11:00 AM
Buffalo vs. James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 9
1:00 PM
Coppin State
McDonough Arena
September 9
4:30 PM
Coppin State vs. James Madison
McDonough Arena
September 9
7:00 PM
Buffalo
McDonough Arena
September 15
11:00 AM
Arkansas State
Houston, Texas
September 15
4:30 PM
Stephen F. Austin
Houston, Texas
September 16
11:00 PM
Rice
Houston, Texas
September 22
8:00 PM
Creighton
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September 24
1:00 PM
Providence
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6:00 PM
Butler
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