Golden Eagles Sweep Hoyas in Conference Home Opener
Oct. 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - Junior Alex Johnson had a match-high 15 kills for the Hoyas, but in the end, Marquette's high-flying Golden Eagles were too much for the Georgetown women's volleyball team, outlasting the Blue & Gray in three sets, 25-14, 25-20, 25-21.
Johnson hit a team-best .382 on the evening, followed by Lauren Saar's .238 and eight kills. Saar led the Hoyas with 12 digs defensively, while Dani White, who also added four kills, and Caitlin Brauneis shored up the defense at the net with two block assists apiece.
After the first set started with each squad trading blows, Marquette asserted itself and took a commanding 10-5 lead. But the Hoyas drew closer, inching their way back within three, down just 12-9. After a lengthy and quick-paced ralley, the Golden Eagles took a 16-9 lead before GU used its first timeout of the set. The Hoyas continued to press as Saar and Johnson upped their kill-total in the set to three apiece, but the Golden Eagles were too much in the frame with their .450 hitting percentage, taking the opener, 25-14.
The second frame opened with a slew of ferocious rallies and a 2-2 tie. From there, however, the Golden Eagles took a 8-3 advantage. After the Hoyas attempted to claw their way back, fighting to within 8-6, MU went on to take a 15-8 lead before GU called a timeout to talk things over. After Johnson got the Hoyas within 19-13, the Golden Eagles soared back to take a 21-14 lead before one last GU timeout. The Hoyas came out hot after the mini-break, using four kills to claim five points in a row, climbing back to just 23-20. In that stretch Johnson showed her prowess and slammed three kills to help the Hoyas. But ultimately, Marquette used kills from Jackie Kocken and Casey Read to close out the frame, 25-20, giving the Golden Eagles a 2-0 match lead.
Following the intermission, Georgetown continued to scrap with Marquette as the two sides drew to a 10-10 stalemate early on. GU was able to advantage of a few mistakes from the Golden Eagles to keep things interesting, but MU extended its lead to 18-13 down the stretch, prompting a Georgetown timeout. The break served the Hoyas well as they climbed back to within 20-17 behind some strong play from Johnson and Saar on the outside. Eventually GU was able to roar back to within 23-21, but MU capitalized on a timeout and eventually took the final set, 25-21, and with it the match, 3-0.
The Hoyas return to the court Saturday for another conference bout with DePaul at 7 p.m. in McDnonough Arena.