Hoyas Fall to Villanova in BIG EAST Road Game Saturday Night
Oct. 16, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's volleyball team went to Villanova, Pa. to take on the Wildcats Saturday night after a win last Sunday against the Syracuse Orange, but lost in three straight sets.
Despite the momentum from last week against the Orange on the road, Villanova stopped Georgetown short with set scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-19. The Hoyas are 10-10 on the season and 2-5 in BIG EAST play, while the Wildcats are 13-8 on the season and 5-2 in the conference.
"Both teams were very energetic and focused in the match," Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. "We put forth maximum effort, but were inconsistent and would commit unconventional unforced errors. We had 27 unforced errors, whether it was hitting the ball out of bounds, service errors, net errors, and it is near impossible to win a match in our competitive and stifling BIG EAST conference when playing in that fashion."
Senior setter Ashley Malone (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) had a team-high 31 assists to complement eight digs, two kills, a block solo and three total points. Sophomore outside hitter Brooke Bachesta (Sammamish, Wash./Eastside Catholic) had a team-high nine kills to go with her three digs, one block assist and one assist.
Senior captain libero Tory Rezin (Morris, Ill./Morris) notched a match-high 16 digs with one assist and one service ace. Freshman middle blocker Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) led the team with a .312 hitting percentage off of eight kills, and also recorded three digs, one assist and one block assist.
Despite the loss, Williams is already looking ahead to the upcoming home stand preventing a further decline in the record books.
"As we head back into the gym to prepare for the weekend at home, we're going to be focused on minimizing and eliminating the team errors. The primary bright spot, as it has been all year, is that we out-dug our opponent, which was phenomenal. We also blocked very well in games one and three, Danielle White played an outstanding offensive match hitting .312, which was very pleasing to see."
Georgetown started the match off with an impressive showing, recording the first kill from Bachesta. From there, it was a back-and-forth battle of strength from both teams, neither having a deficit of more than three points.
In the first set, there was no clear favorite because there were 10 tie scores and five lead changes. As the set progressed, Villanova began to increase the lead from 15-13 to 20-16 before Georgetown called a timeout. The score then became 22-17, but the Hoyas battled back late and made it 23-23. However, they weren't able to complete the rally as Villanova played stalwart defense the last two points to close the first set and go up in the match early.
The second set belonged to the Wildcats from the beginning, as they jumped out to an early lead and didn't relinquish one lead change throughout. The only tie score was at 1-1, and from then on Villanova maintained the lead.
The set was close, with Georgetown being down 16-13 before calling a timeout to reorganize and strategize. However, after the break, the Wildcats began to break away and widen the disparity. The Hoyas called a timeout at 20-14 and from there generated a slight rally. Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) served the Hoyas through three straight points to push the score to 17.
From there, the teams were trading kills and unforced errors. Villanova won the second set, holding the Hoyas under 20. The third set was similar in that the Wildcats captured an early lead and didn't look back. Georgetown kept the set close, but the Wildcats maintained a five to six-point lead which the Hoyas couldn't overcome, and succumbed to by a score of 25-19.
The Hoyas return home Friday night to face the St. John's Red Storm at 8 p.m. in McDonough Arena. They then host the Connecticut Huskies Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m.