Georgetown Goes 1-2 in the Maryland Invitational Volleyball Tournament
COLLEGE PARK, MD – The Georgetown women’s volleyball team went 1-2 at the Maryland Invitational, held Friday-Saturday, September 17-18, at the Comcast Center Pavilion. The Hoyas fell to Butler and Maryland 3-0, but outlasted Northern Arizona 3-2, to end the tournament on a winning note. GU moves to 7-3 on the season.
Georgetown got off to a good start against Northern Arizona on Saturday, September 18, winning the first two games. The Hoyas ran into trouble in game three and ended up dropping it as well as the fourth game. However, GU hung on to win the decisive fifth game by four points. NAU outhit (.345), however the two teams were tied in team blocks with 8 each. The Hoyas eventually won the match by scores of 30-24, 30-28, 22-30, 17-30, 15-11.
Junior Ashley Lancaster (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) was sensational against the Lumberjacks, posting a career and match-high eight service aces in addition to 14 kills and seven digs. Junior Rachel Nelson (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis) came off the injured list to added 13 kills, eight digs and three blocks, and sophomore Annie Connor (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis) chipped in nine kills and five blocks. Ellie Butterfield led the Lumberjacks with a match-high 18 kills and eight digs. Kailee Savage added another 17 kills for NAU.
The hard-hitting combination of seniors Maria DiLivio and Sarah Treadwell proved to be a winning one for the Terrapin volleyball team. Maryland defeated Georgetown in three straight, 30-16, 30-23, 30-12). DiLivio and Treadwell led the way for the Terps offensively, as they tallied 14 and 13 kills, respectively, in the 3-0 victory over the Hoyas.
Lancaster was the top producer for the Hoyas offensively in the Maryland match with 10 kills to go with five digs and two solo blocks. Junior transfer Jenny Weed (Salt Lake City, Utah/Utah Valley State) tallied six kills, seven digs and two blocks, while Connor and Nelson added five digs apiece to the GU effort.
Freshman Kate Fisher (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo) recorded 22 assists and five digs in the match. Sophomore Jessica George (Kennet Square, Pa./Kennet) ended the contest with three kills.
The Terrapins’ DiLivio recorded the match's only double-double as she had 10 digs along with her 14 kills and season-high four blocks. Treadwell hit a team-high .524, tallying 13 kills and just two errors on 21 swings. She also posted nine digs and a block.
Maryland limited Georgetown to a .062 attack percentage, while the Terps hit .296 for the match and committed 18 attack errors to the Hoyas' 24. The Terrapins also found their block as they edged the Hoyas in that category, 13 to 6. Rachel Moore notched 10 digs at the libero for Maryland, while Rachel Wagener dominated at the net and posted a match-high eight blocks.
The Hoyas fought valiantly, but could not overcome Butler, falling 3-0 (30-25, 30-27, 30-19). Lancaster led GU with 12 kills, 13 digs and 2 aces. Weed had eight kills in the match and Connor six. Fisher and Vernon once again split setting duties with Fisher handing out 19 assists and Vernon 13. In addition, Fisher contributed eight digs and Vernon nine. Freshman Patty Carroll (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South) supplied 10 digs and five kills.
Kailee Carter led Butler with 15 kills and 16 digs, both match-highs. The Bulldogs hit .233 for the match, while the Hoyas managed just .053. Butler tallied seven team blocks to Georgetown’s one.
The Hoyas will head to Philadelphia, Pa. Next weekend for the University of Pennsylvania Tournament. The Hoyas will take on UPenn, St. Francis and Northeastern.