Hoyas Open Tulane Volleyball Tournament with 3-1 Win over Southern Illinois
New Orleans, LA Ė The Georgetown University womenís volleyball team opened the 2004 season with a 3-1 (30-28, 30-20, 18-30, 30-25) victory over Southern Illinois in the first match of the Tulane Classic on Friday, September 3, in New Orleans, La. Senior outside hitter Sara Albert (Davis, Calif./Davis) had the hot hand for the Hoyas, turning in a match-high 18 kills, along with a match-high hitting percentage of .457 (18 kills with only two errors in 35 attempts. Marissa Washington and Haley Hann led the Sulukis with 10 kills each.
Georgetown hit just .174 for the match, and Southern Illinois .187. The Sulukis also bested the Hoyas in team blocks, 11.5 to 7.0. GU held the upper hand in service aces with 11 to SIUís six.
In addition to her 18 kills, Albert also tied a match-high in blocks with five to go with six digs and two service aces. Junior outside hitter Rachel Nelson (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis) stepped up with a solid 13-kill, .385 hitting percentage performance, as well as four digs and a match-high three aces. Junior transfer right-side hitter Jenny Weed (Salt Lake City, Utah/Utah Valley College) had a terrific Hoya debut with a match-high five blocks to go with four kills and two digs. Senior Margaret Vernon (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) posted her first double-double of the season with 18 assists and 10 digs (a team-high). Vernon split setter duties with Katie Fisher (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo), who finished with a team-high 22 assists and seven digs in her freshman debut.Sophomore middle blocker Annie Connor (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis) notched seven kills, five digs and one ace in the win, while senior outside hitter Ashley Lancaster (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) registered four kills, six digs and one block. Sophomore right-side hitter Jessica George (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett) added four blocks, four digs and two aces to the GU totals, and freshman outside hitter Patty Carroll (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South) wrapped up the match with two blocks, including one solo, three digs and two kills. Freshman outside hitter Kate Nulty (Santa Barbara, Calif./Blanca) donated four digs and a kill to the Hoya cause.