Nov. 2, 2012
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Georgetown University volleyball team dropped to 7-18 overall and 1-11 in BIG EAST play tonight after a 3-0 loss to Cincinnati (10-16, 8-4) at Fifth Third Arena. Set scores were 22-25, 16-25, and 22-25.
Annalee Abell (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) had one of her strongest offensive outings of the season, turning in a team-leading 12 kills.
Sophomore middle blocker Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) had 11 kills and led the Hoyas in efficiency, hitting .429. "As a team, we hit .255 and that was good volleyball for us," said Head Coach Arlisa Williams. "Unfortunately, we could not slow Cincinnati down."
The Bearcats hit a scorching .409 as a team in the match, led by senior Emily Hayden's 11 kills on 19 attempts and classmate Jordanne Scott's match-high 14 kills.
GU never led in the first set, but stayed on Cincinnati's heels the entire way and tied it several times, never allowing a lead of more than two until the final points. Tied at 22, the Bearcats were able to string together three points at the most critical time to close out the set. Aided by two Georgetown errors down the stretch, UC took the opener 25-22.
The second set was not as close, as Cincinnati took control from the opening serve. The Bearcats took an early lead and consistently widened it throughout the set, leading by as many as 12 when the score was 20-8. GU showed some life late, scoring eight of the last 13 points, but it proved too big a hole to dig out of.
The final frame ended with the same score as the first. GU had their only leads of the match here, the largest of which were three-point leads at 14-11 and 17-14. Tied at 20 late, the Hoyas couldn't hold off the Bearcats' potent offensive attack, and they closed out the match in three.
Junior Whitney Jencks (Arlington, S.D./Arlington) was solid in the passing pattern for Georgetown. Elizabeth Riggins (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita) and Brooke Bachesta hit well from the outside, registering seven and six kills respectively. GU was out-blocked 10-2 and out-served in the match.
The senior-laden defending BIG EAST Champion Bearcats squad honored their six seniors in a senior day ceremony following today's match. Senior Emily MacIntyre led all players with 18 digs.
"All-in-all it was a good effort, especially in sets one and three where they were right there. We had a great push at the end of set two and couldn't close it out, so now it's just turning the page to get ready for a really, really good Louisville team on Sunday, before we head back home for our last home match of the year on Wednesday."
The Hoyas continue their road trip this Sunday, Nov. 4 at Louisville (21-3, 10-1) where they will take on the 12th-ranked Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center. The Blue & Gray's final home game of the 2012-13 regular season will take place Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. against BIG EAST foe Connecticut at McDonough Arena.