Sept. 1, 2012
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Georgetown University volleyball team has won the William & Mary Tribe Invitational after posting two match victories Saturday. The Hoyas defeated Manhattan 3-0 in a Saturday afternoon match, then took down host William & Mary 3-1 this evening. Sophomore middle blocker Dani White was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
For the first time in head coach Arlisa Williams' career, the Hoyas are 5-0. Along with White, Georgetown teammates MacKenzie Simpson and Alex Johnsonmade the All-Tournament team as well. For Johnson, it is her second consecutive week making an All-Tournament team. She was named MVP of the DC Challenge for her strong performances last weekend.
In the first match, the Hoyas won with set scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-23. They got off to a fast start, taking an 11-1 first set lead. Manhattan battled back, but could not overcome the early deficit.
After her 25 dig performance in yesterday's match against Campbell, Manhattan was wary of hitting in Simpson's direction this afternoon. The five digs in her stat line are deceiving, because the Jaspers only hit five balls in her direction and she dug every single one of them.
After leading 20-10 in the second set, GU held on for the 25-22 set win. White was phenomenal throughout the match, with match-highs of 17 kills and a .536 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Lindsey Wise was another bright spot, with 10 kills on .500 hitting.
The third set was the most competitive of the match. With Manhattan leading 22-16 and on the cusp of forcing a fourth set, coach Williams called a timeout to regroup her team. They responded by closing out the match with a 9-1 run.
Satisfied with the win, coach Williams remarked "We played low error volleyball, exactly what we needed to do to take care of a scrappy Manhattan team."
Mariana Furquim had a strong all-around game for Manhattan, registering seven kills and 16 digs for the match. Kelsey Huntoon also contributed 17 digs.
Match two versus William & Mary was won by set scores of 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, and 25-20.
The opening set was close through the majority of the set, with neither team taking a large lead until GU stretched it out at the end.
After winning the second, William & Mary carried that momentum into the third set, taking an early 9-1 lead. However, Georgetown once again stormed back and tied the set at 12 en route to the 25-22 set victory.
In the fourth, the Hoyas were too much for their opponents and closed the match with a 25-20 fourth set win to claim the tournament championship.
"Everyone was fatigued at the end, but we really showed mental toughness that we haven't shown consistently in years past," said Williams. "I'm very proud of what this group is accomplishing."
Sophomore Manon Murray played well for the Tribe with 10 kills, 12 digs, and three blocks.
Besides the three Georgetown players, Heather Wilson of Campbell, Kelsey Huntoon of Manhattan, and Paulette Grand Pre and Shaylin O'Connell of William & Mary made up the remainder of the All-Tournament team.
The Hoyas return to action this upcoming weekend at a Richmond, Va. tournament hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. They face Appalachian State Friday, September 7, and take on Virginia and host VCU on Saturday, September 8.