Hoyas Lose Close Home Finale to Connecticut
Nov. 7, 2012
WASHINGTON - In their final home match of the season, the Georgetown University volleyball team fell to 7-20 on the season and 1-13 in conference play, losing in four sets to BIG EAST foe Connecticut. After winning the first, GU fell by set scores of 25-19, 27-29, 24-26, and 19-25.
GU played well to open the match. Tied at 5 early, UConn strung together five points to take a 10-5 lead. However, GU got right back in it and had the score tied by the time it reached 13. They would push ahead for the 25-19 first set win.
"We came out strong and we fought back. There were times when we'd get down or they'd get a little run, and you'd see us fight to try to climb out of it. I think we did those things pretty well" said Head Coach Arlisa Williams.
The second was the closest set of the match. It included 16 ties and seven lead changes. Sophomore middle blocker Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) led the Hoyas with 16 kills, including seven in the hard fought second set. They needed 29 points to finish it, but the Huskies escaped to tie the match 1-1.
Today was the final home match of senior Lindsay Wise's four-year Georgetown career. Wise had four kills and four block assists in today's effort.
Set three saw the Blue & Gray start off hot with an 8-0 run, but UConn inched their way back into it, point by point. The Hoyas never trailed in the set until 25-24, and would lose the heartbreaking set 26-24 to go down 2-1. All six of freshman Lauren Saar's (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell) kills came in set three, and she added 12 digs for the match.
Finishing has been one of the Hoyas' biggest weaknesses this season. "In game one we had two unforced errors. That is in our favor. Even though we didn't earn as many points as I think we should, we didn't give points away. That allowed us to get in there and just battle."
Williams continued "In sets two, three, and four, we were very high-error. We had at least eight in each of the sets. It doesn't matter who you're playing, if you give up eight points a set you lose."
Outside of errors, statistics for both teams were fairly even. Digs were squared at 59 apiece, while Connecticut narrowly out-blocked Georgetown 11-9 and had a .169 hitting percentage to GU's .148.
Karson Ratliff's 17 kills and Kelsey Maving's 26 digs were match-highs. Connecticut's Devon Maugle was injured early in the opening set and had to be helped from the floor.
Maving's nine digs in the fourth kept UConn alive in points and allowed the team to get the ball to their primary hitters in position to score.
With only three days remaining in their 2012-13 season, coach Williams wants to know "Can we end the season on a high note? Can we put together a good practice on Friday, a good practice on Saturday, and a good match on Sunday, and at least walk out of here with something sweet to wet our appetite for the spring and next year?"
The Hoyas final match of the season is Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in Tampa, Fla. versus BIG EAST opponent USF.