Volleyball Drops Home Finale In Straight Sets To Butler
Nov. 10, 2013
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown volleyball team (10-16, 4-9 BIG EAST) dropped a straight set match, 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-16), to Butler on Sunday afternoon in the final home match of the season at McDonough Arena. Butler (21-6, 7-4 BIG EAST) came into the match in fourth place in the conference, fighting for the final playoff position.
“Butler came out and earned more points today,” head coach Arlisa Williams said. “They are a low-error team. There was no one player that took over the game, but they don’t make mistakes. They just send balls back over and are patient and wait to take their swings.”
Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) and Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) led the Georgetown offense with 10 kills apiece and Saar completed the double-double effort with 11 digs. Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) also contributed six kills and Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) also had a double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs. MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) led the Hoyas’ defense with 12 digs.
The opening set went back and forth for several points before an ace by Simpson and a kill from Annalee Abell (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) gave the Hoyas an 8-6 lead. After a kill by White gave Georgetown a 10-8 lead, Butler answered with a 10-3 run to take an 18-13 advantage. Another kill from White cut the Hoyas’ deficit to 18-15, but the Bulldogs closed the set on a 7-1 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match. White led all players in the first set with five kills while Saar led the Georgetown defense with five digs.
Georgetown came out quickly in the second set, taking an early 6-3 lead on kills from Brooke Bachesta (Sammamish, Wash./Eastside Catholic) and Saar and a solo block from White and three Butler errors. Another kills from Saar and two more Butler errors helped push the Hoyas’ lead to 9-7, but the Bulldogs’ responded with a 10-2 run to take a commanding 17-11 lead. Georgetown responded right back with a 6-2 run of its own to cut the deficit to two at 19-17. The run was sparked by two kills from Saar, one from Abell and service aces by White and Brauneis. The Hoyas could not complete the comeback however as, despite a block from Williams and Abell and a kill by Williams, Butler closed the set on a 6-3 run to win 25-20 and take a 2-0 lead in the match. Saar led the Hoyas with four kills in the set while Simpson had five digs and Brauneis added four.
Butler scored the first six points of the third set to quickly take control. Coming out of a timeout, the Hoyas scored five out of six points to close to within 7-5. Saar had two kills in the streak and White added one while Brauneis had two blocks, teaming once each with White and Williams. However, Butler scored four of the next five points to bring its lead back up to five at 11-6. A kill from Bachesta cut the Georgetown deficit to four at 12-8, but the Bulldogs came back with another 4-1 run to open things back up at 16-9. Despite two kills apiece from Saar, White and Williams, the Hoyas could not mount a comeback as Butler took the third set 25-16 to sweep the match. Saar had five kills and five digs in the final set and White added four kills. Brauneis, Simpson and Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) all had four digs.
The Hoyas head out on the road for the final three matches of the regular season. They will start the final road trip at Butler on Friday, Nov. 15 in a 7 p.m. match before heading to Xavier on Saturday for contest at 4 p.m.