Oct. 26, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team put forth an impressive all-around effort Friday at McDonough Arena, but dropped to 7-15 overall and 1-9 in BIG EAST play after an intense four-set battle with conference foe Marquette (19-4, 9-1). The Hoyas fell 3-1 by set scores of 24-26, 25-23, 29-31, and 18-25.
The match was close from start to finish. Each of the first three sets was decided by the minimum of two points, and extra points were needed in the first and third.
The Hoyas immediately showed that they could compete with the formidable Marquette squad. The first set was neck-and-neck the whole way through, with the score tied at 17 different points. Sophomore middle blocker Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) had six of her match-high 17 kills in the opener, on only eight total attempts. Marquette's Danielle Carlson was a perfect 5-for-5 on her attack attempts in the set. Tied at 24 however, two GU attack errors gave the Golden Eagles the first-set victory.
Four Hoyas notched double-digit digs on the night, led by junior setter Haley Lowrance's (Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope) 14. Libero MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Lauren Saar (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell) had 13 apiece, and Emily Gisolfi (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) turned in 12 digs, matching her career-high. Junior Whitney Jencks (Arlington, S.D./Arlington) passed effectively and was another important piece, helping to keep GU in their system offensively.
Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) turned it up in the second set, attacking aggressively and racking up six of her 15 kills. The Hoyas were able to break through and even the match at 1-1. In a reversal of fortune, two attack errors by the Golden Eagles were the deciding points in the second set.
The Hoyas led 17-12 when Marquette began a 10-2 run, putting them ahead 22-19. GU bounced back to tie it at 24, but three critical service errors late allowed Marquette to win the marathon set 31-29. Lindsey Gosh starred for the Golden Eagles, accumulating seven of her 13 kills on 14 attempts in the third.
Head Coach Arlisa Williams on losing the hotly contested third set: "I don't think that it had a negative affect on us at all. It's just one of those things. It's disappointing that we didn't get it, but we knew that we could hang in there. We've got to fight, got to tighten it up just a little bit, got to be lower error, so let's go out and get this done. That was the mentality going into the fourth."
In the fourth set, the Golden Eagles went up 13-7 and were able to maintain that lead steadily en route to the 25-18 final set win. Julie Jeziorowski led all players with 20 digs.
"This Marquette team is really good. They're getting votes for the top 25. For us to have the dog fight that we had with them tonight should help build our confidence. After getting the win over DePaul, we played so well tonight. Even though we came out with the loss, it's good volleyball."
The Blue & Gray are back in action this Sunday, Oct. 28 for a matchup with BIG EAST rival Syracuse at noon.
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