Oct. 12, 2013
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown volleyball team (8-10, 2-3 BIG EAST) went into South Orange, N.J. to face the Seton Hall Pirates (7-10, 1-4 BIG EAST) on Saturday and left three sets later after the Hoyas completed their first BIG EAST sweep of the season, 25-20, 25-20, 26-17. After winning the five set match last night to defeat St. John’s, Georgetown defeated the Pirates to win two straight road matches to close out their successful weekend trip on the road.
“It was a huge continuation from last night for us. We came out confident and ready to execute from the high note from last night,” said Head Coach Arlisa Williams.
The Hoyas came out early and grabbed the first set, 25-20. Outside hitters Lauren Saar and Alex Johnson had four kills each in the first set to continue their hot play from last night. Junior middle blocker Dani White added three kills of her own in the set win. The Hoyas were down early in the set but a kill by White, a kill by senior Whitney Jencks and a dual block by White and Caitlin Brauneis, a freshman setter, tied the affair up at 5-5. The Hoyas and Pirates exchanged points until the Hoyas took an 11-10 lead on a kill by Johnson. GU maintained and stretched the lead from there for the remainder of the set. Johnson’s kill led the Hoyas to a set point and a dual block by White and Brauneis gave the Hoyas the first set, 25-20.
Georgetown trailed early in the second set, but where able to tie it up at 6 apiece when Danielle Schroeder committed an attacking error for the Pirates. Schroeder went on to commit two more errors and kills by Annalee Abell, senior right-side hitter, and Ashlie Williams, a freshman middle blocker, gave the Hoyas a four point lead, 10-6. Seton Hall would get back within one when they made it 10-9, but then GU went on a run. The Hoyas got a five point lead, 16-11, in part to a kill by White and a block by Johnson/White. White and Saar got five straight kills for the Hoyas to go up 21-16. A kill by Johnson, her sixth of the match, gave the Hoyas a chance to grab the second set, 24-20. An attack error by the Pirates would lead to Georgetown winning the set, 25-20.
“Tonight, we were able to get production from all three of our hitters at any point in time which made us successful to extend our lead,” said Williams, referencing when GU took the 7-6 lead in the second set.
At intermission, Saar had a then game-high nine kills followed by White and Johnson with seven and six, respectively. Libero MacKenzie Simpson had a game-high nine digs and Caitlin Brauneis followed her up with eight after the two sets.
Georgetown came out determined to sweep the Pirates in the third set. White had two quick kills followed by one by Johnson. Jencks added a service ace to put the Hoyas up 4-0 early in what would be the final set. After dropping the first point of the set, Seton Hall was never able to tie up the match. Johnson had back-to-back service aces to make it 16-9. A dual block by Brauneis and White led to a 24-16 lead for Georgetown. The match ended in favor of the Hoyas on a service error and attack error by the Pirates, 26-17.
Georgetown’s Saar (13), White (12) and Johnson (10) all had double-digit kill totals for the second night in a row.
Saar hit .393 to lead the team today; White hit. 300.
Brauneis had 40 set assists in the sweep.
White’s team-leading six block assists helped lead the Hoyas over the Pirates and also had 12 on the weekend.
Simpson and Saar ended the match tied with 14 digs each.
Whitney Jencks had 10 digs and two service aces on the day.
The Hoyas have won two straight BIG EAST matches. The last time the Hoyas won two straight conference matches was when they won four straight in 2011 with victories over St. John’s, Connecticut, Seton Hall and Rutgers.
“Winning back-to-back BIG EAST matches is a turning point for our program. We defeated Seton Hall today, but they beat Villanova last night. We have all been beating up on each other,” said Williams.
“Right now we are very excited moving forward, but our next match is against Seton Hall and although it is at home for us, Seton Hall is going to be playing with a chip on their shoulder,” said Coach Williams.
Georgetown hosts Seton Hall in their next match on Fri., Oct 12 at McDonough Arena at 5 p.m. Seton Hall plays at Long Island in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Wed., Oct. 16 before they face the Hoyas for the second and last time of the season.
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