Oct. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown (7-10, 1-3 BIG EAST) had three players with double-digit kill figures which led to a balanced attack and thrilling five set defeat over the St. John's Red Flash (12-8, 1-3 BIG EAST) in the BIG EAST matchup on Friday night in Queens, N.Y. The Hoyas won 18-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10 for their seventh overall and first BIG EAST win of the season.
"We came into this game with some grit and fight, knowing that we had to take care of our side," Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams said.
Georgetown's Dani White, a junior middle blocker, got the first kill of the night in the first set. The first set was back and forth at first. The Hoyas and the Red Storm were all tied up 4-4 before St. John's went on a 4-0 run to make it 8-4. St. John's Aleksandra Wachowicz, a junior outside hitter, had a block and two kills for SJU in the four point stretch. GU got within one after a service ace by Lauren Saar, a sophomore outside hitter, which made the set 11-10. St. John's eventually stretched the lead to six and ended the set with a seven point lead 25-18.
"In the first set, we did not score points. We got out blocked 8-0. But in the second set, we out blocked St. John's 5-2 which became the difference."
The Hoyas came back in the second set. Georgetown's Alex Johnson, a junior outside hitter, blocked the first play of the second set to give GU the lead. Georgetown went up 3-0 after a block by White and a kill by Johnson. The back and forth second set led to 11 ties and six scoring changes. The Blue & Gray lost the lead after a 5-5 tie, but got it back to make it 7-6 on a service ace by White. After a tie at 11-11, the Hoyas went on to grab a four point lead to make it 16-12. St. John's went on to tie the set up at 20-20, but never regained the lead. A kill by Saar led GU to a set point and a kill by Johnson clinched the set for GU, 25-22.
Georgetown and St. John's were all tied up in the third set a six apiece. The Red Storm went up 8-6 and a kill by Saar brought the Hoyas within one, but then St. John's went on a 6-0 run to make it 14-7. The Red Storm took a nine point lead with a kill by Wachowicz to make it 21-12. Georgetown then went on a 4-0 run to make it 21-16 with kills by freshman middle blocker Ashlie Williams, senior right-side hitter Annalee Abell, Johnson and an attack error by SJU. That five point different was the closest GU would come to getting back in the third set though. A block by St. John's Amy Zimmer, a sophomore middle blocker, ended the third set, 25-18, to give SJU the momentum of a 2-1 set lead going into the fourth.
"We came out slow in the third set," Coach Williams said. "We made adjustments and knew that we all needed to take ownership for our play if we wanted to win this match."
Ashlie Williams led the Hoyas in the fourth set with her big play to give them the 25-22 set win. Williams led Georgetown with six kills in the set. GU got a four point lead after a kill that made it 10-6. St. John's came back with kills by Zimmer, Wachowicz and a set error by the Hoyas to get within one. But the Blue & Gray stretched the lead back out with two kills by Johnson and another by White to make it 14-9. SJU eventually fired back with their attack led by Wachowicz, who got her 20th kill of the night for the Red Storm when she made it 17-16. A service ace by Georgetown's Whitney Jencks led to a set point at 24-22. Georgetown took the set, 25-22, when St. John's sophomore outside hitter Karin Palgutova was called for an attack error.
Georgetown took the opening point for the fourth time of the night in the fifth set. After the Red Storm tied it up at one apiece, Georgetown took the lead and never lost it for the remainder of the set. Saar was on fire in the fifth set, getting five of the first six points for the Hoyas in addition to the two errors committed by St. John's. Williams tied her career-high with nine kills when she made it 10-7. Caitlin Brauneis, a freshman setter, and White ended the night for the St. John's Red Storm with a duel block to take the set, 15-10, and match, 18-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10.
Sarr led the Hoyas with 18 kills and 19 digs. Johnson followed Sarr up with 17 kills of her own. White also tallied double-digit kill figures with 12 and added six block assists to go along with her .385 hitting percentage. Brauneis has 55 assists on the night, bringing her season total to 666.
Georgetown plays in South Orange, N.J. tomorrow, Sat. Oct. 12 when they take on the Seton Hall Pirates (7-9, 1-3 BIG EAST). The Pirates defeated Villanova on Friday in five sets, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-13. Stacey Manthorpe, a junior outside hitter, led Seton Hall with 18 kills and hit .326. She also had 15 digs on the night. Her junior setter sister, Shelbey Manthorpe, had 14 kills and 18 digs. In total, the Pirates had four players with double-digit kills and hit .262 as a team.
"Tomorrow we go into New Jersey, to play a scrappy team in Seton Hall, with confidence knowing we can play with anybody in the BIG EAST," said Coach Williams.
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