Oct. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team lost a very close five set match Sunday afternoon at McDonough Arena to BIG EAST rival Syracuse (9-16, 2-9 BIG EAST). The Hoyas dropped to 7-17 overall and 1-10 in conference play after the 25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 21-25, 8-15 defeat.
On senior day, Georgetown's lone senior Lindsay Wise (Raleigh, N.C./Raleigh Charter) contributed three kills and four blocks. Wise has started every match for the Hoyas this year and is the leader in the huddle for this young team.
"I think that we played well. We passed extremely well for the second match in a row," said Head Coach Arlisa Williams. However, she added "I am completely and totally bummed on the outcome of this match, because we had done a great job in sets one, two, and three of being low error."
The Hoyas had 33 total attack errors to 28 for the Orange. In the first three sets, GU committed just 14 attack errors, six fewer than their opponent. That trend turned in the fourth and fifth sets, as the Blue & Gray had 12 attack errors in the fourth and seven in the fifth set. The Orange played more efficiently down the stretch, with just a single attack error in the decisive fifth set.
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) tallied a team-high 18 kills, followed by Dani White's (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) 14. Junior setter Haley Lowrance (Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope) served up 50 assists and a team-leading 11 digs.
The first set was fast-paced, and the Hoyas were up for the challenge. There were a high number of short points, and only eight digs were recorded between both sides. GU hit an efficient .409 as a team in the opening set.
The second was the closest set of the afternoon, consisting of 14 tie scores and six lead changes. The two sides went back and forth, but the Orange squad had the last word and came away with the 25-23 win to tie the match at 1-1.
In the third set GU took an early 5-0 lead and would continue to build on it throughout. The Hoyas led by as many as 11 en route to the dominant 25-14 set victory. Junior Annalee Abell (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) had four of her nine kills in the fourth on just four attempts, and "was good throughout the match. She executed the game plan flawlessly" said Williams.
Trailing 19-24 the Hoyas strung together three points in a row late in the fourth set, but SU closed it out with a kill by Silvi Uattara, who led all players with 21 kills on .326 hitting. The final set slowly got away from GU as the errors were too much to overcome.
In two sets of action "Brooke Bachesta did a wonderful job coming off the bench. It's a really tough role to have to play, and she's the only player who had a positive hitting percentage in set five. I'm super proud of who Brooke is as a person and the effort she put forth."
Syracuse's Monik Salkute was in on a career-high nine blocks, leading the SU defense that blocked 16 balls to Georgetown's eight.
Georgetown's road trip next weekend will take them to Cincinnati Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and No. 13 Louisville Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. The Hoyas last home match of the season is Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m.
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