Volleyball Gets Back In The Win Column With 3-1 Victory At DePaul
Oct. 25, 2013
CHICAGO – Three players had hitting percentages higher than .350 as the Georgetown volleyball team (9-12, 3-5 BIG EAST) snapped a two-match losing streak with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-19) victory at DePaul on Friday afternoon in a BIG EAST match.
Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) led the offensive attack with a match-high 20 kills while hitting .364. She registered her 14th double-double of the season by adding 10 digs. Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) was also in double figures with 16 kills and a match-high six blocks while hitting .367 for the match. Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) had six kills, on just eight swings, with zero errors for a .750 hitting percentage and also added three blocks. Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) had a double-double with 44 assists and 11 digs. MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) finished with a team-high 15 digs, leading four players in double figures. Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) had 13 digs, to go along with six kills. As a team, the Hoyas had a season-high .281 hitting percentage, registering 53 kills to just 17 attacking errors on 128 swings.
After a tight start to the first set, the Hoyas used a 6-1 run to erase a one point deficit and take an 11-7 lead and force a DePaul (15-5, 1-5 BIG EAST) timeout. White started the run with a solo block and then teamed with Brauneis for another. Emily Gisolfi (Allentown, Pa./ Parkland) contributed a service ace before White added two kills, sandwiched around a Blue Demons’ error. DePaul closed to within one at 14-13, but Georgetown extended its lead back to four by scoring five of seven points to bring the score to 19-15. Abell hit back-to-back kills before Gisolfi added her second ace of the set and White finished off the run with another kill. White’s fifth kill of the set gave the opening frame to the Hoyas, 25-21. White led all players with those five kills while also adding two blocks. Saar led the Georgetown defense with six digs.
The second set started out the same as the first, with the score remaining tied at 10. Again, it was the Hoyas who broke the deadlock, this time going on an 7-1 run to open up a commanding 17-11 lead. Consecutive kills by White and Williams started the streak and, following a DePaul kill, Saar hit back-to-back kills of her own to bring the lead to 14-11 and force a DePaul timeout. Out of the break, a Blue Demons’ error and successive blocks by Williams – teaming with Saar for the first and Abell on the second – finished the run. DePaul closed to within one at 23-22, but a kill by Johnson and double block from Abell and Williams finished the set. Saar and White led the offensive attack in the second set with four kills each. Brauneis, Johnson and Simpson each had four digs defensively.
A 5-0 run early in the third set gave the Hoyas a quick 5-2 lead. White and Saar each contributed a kill and teamed up for a block. DePaul responded however, scoring the next 10 points to take a 12-5 lead. The closest Georgetown could get the rest of the set was within six, at 20-14 on a kill from Saar, as the Blue Demons ran away with a 25-16 set victory to cut the Hoyas’ lead in the match to 2-1.
Georgetown jumped out to leads of 3-1 and 6-3 in the third set on three kills from Saar and two from White. DePaul scored three unanswered points to tie things up at six and the score remained knotted until a 5-0 run gave the Hoyas a 15-10 advantage. Saar led the way with two kills and White added another of her own while Johnson contributed a service ace. Another ace, this time by Brauneis, extended Georgetown’s lead to seven at 19-12 and another kill by Saar, giving her 20 kills in a match for the second time this season, gave the Hoyas the set and match win. Saar had eight kills in the deciding fourth set and White added five.
“We came out tough and executed the game plan from beginning to end,” Hoyas’ head coach Arlisa Williams said. “One thing we need to work on is to make sure we continue to play well out of the break. I am extremely proud of the players for the way they played today and now we are going to enjoy the rest of today in Chicago before preparing for Marquette on Sunday.”
The Hoyas wrap up their brief, two-match road trip with a contest at Marquette on Sunday. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. Georgetown will return to McDonough Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Villanova, kicking off a stretch of four consecutive home matches.