Nov. 11, 2011
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team (14-12, 6-7 BIG EAST) rallied midway through the third set, leading by as many as three points, but Cincinnati (21-8, 11-2 BIG EAST) closed the third set on a 6-1 run to take the match, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-22) on Friday afternoon at McDonough Arena.
Senior libero Tory Rezin (Morris, Ill./Morris) had a team-leading 10 digs, while senior setter Ashley Malone (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) had 28 assists, eight digs and hit .714 with six kills. Freshman Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) had 10 kills to lead the Blue & Gray.
Sophomore Brooke Bachesta opened the match with a kill to give GU a 1-0 lead, before the Bearcats surged in front. Johnson had four kills for the Hoyas in the first set, as GU kept the match within four points until Cincinnati closed the first set on a 9-1 run to win 25-17.
The Bearcats jumped out quickly in the second set, taking a 5-0 lead, including three kills by Jordanne Scott, before Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams called for timeout. Georgetown came as close as four points, but could not overcome a UC team that hit .394 as a team in the second for another 25-17 loss.
The Hoyas came out battling in the third set, as the lead changed 6 times with 13 tie scores. Malone paced the offense with 10 assists and two kills, as GU opened a three point lead midway through the sets, its largest of the day, at 13-10. Cincinnati would respond tying the score at 14, as the team's traded leads through most of the middle of the set. Lindsay Wise and Brooke Bachesta each had kills to put GU in front late, but the Bearcats eventually tied the score at 21 and scored five of the sets last six points to clinch the match with a 25-22 victory.
Georgetown falls to 6-7 in the BIG EAST with one remaining match against first place University of Louisville (19-7, 11-1 BIG EAST) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at McDonough Gym. Sunday will also be Senior Day for the Hoyas, as the team will honor captain Tory Rezin and Ashley Malone for their impressive four-year careers on the Hilltop.