Nov. 16, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – The Georgetown volleyball team (10-17, 4-10 BIG EAST) dropped a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-14) decision at Butler on Friday evening in a BIG EAST matchup. It was the second straight meeting between the two teams as they met this past Sunday at McDonough Arena, with Butler (22-6, 9-4 BIG EAST) taking that contest by a 3-0 score as well.
Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) led the Hoyas’ offense with 10 kills while Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) each added eight. Emily Gisolfi (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) led the defensive effort with 11 digs while Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) and MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) each contributed six. Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) had 31 assists.
Neither team was able to take a lead of more than two points in the first set until Georgetown put together four consecutive points - on kills by Johnson, Saar and White - to take a late 21-18 lead. From there however, Butler closed the set on a 7-2 run to take a 1-0 match lead with a 25-23 win in set one. Williams led the Hoyas with five kills while White had four and Saar and Johnson each added three. Gisolfi led all players with nine digs.
The second set involved several runs for exciting back and forth action. Kills from Williams, Johnson and White helped the Hoyas jump out to an early 5-3 lead in the second set. The Bulldogs again were able to come back however, this time scoring six of seven points to take a 9-6 lead. A kill by Williams started a streak for Georgetown as the Hoyas answered with a 6-2 run of their own to take the lead back at 12-11. Annalee Abell (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay), Johnson and White also contributed kills in the run. Butler again responded, using another 6-1 run to go ahead 17-13. Four straight points for the Hoyas however, bookended by kills from Johnson and also including a kill by White, knotted things back up at 17. Georgetown could not complete the comeback as the Bulldogs stormed back with eight consecutive points to take the second set 25-17 and take a 2-0 lead in the match. White and Johnson each had four kills in the second frame.
Butler scored the first five points, and eight of the first 10 to take command early in the third set. A double block from Johnson and Williams brought the Hoyas to within six at 16-10, but that would be as close as they would get as Butler finished the sweep with a 25-14 win in set three.
“We started out and strong and played extremely well until we got to 21 in the first set,” head coach Arlisa Williams said. “Butler then turned it on with their blocking, blocking three of the last six points on some good swings from us. In sets two and three, we just had a difficult time getting the ball distributed to our hitters. We passed extremely well and served tough and got them out of system, but we just couldn’t find ways to get kills against a good Butler team. It’s a disappointing loss, but there are definitely some good things to take out of it. Hopefully we come out and get Xavier tomorrow.”
Georgetown finishes the weekend on Saturday with a 4 p.m. match at Xavier. The Hoyas wrap up the regular season with a contest at Creighton on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.