Oct. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team (8-10, 2-3 BIG EAST) looks to build off its two wins last weekend as the Hoyas host a pair of BIG EAST matches at McDonough Arena. Seton Hall travels to the Hilltop on Friday for an 8 p.m. match before the Hoyas matchup with St. John's on Saturday at 7 p.m.
"Our players are so excited and the energy is high after our wins last weekend over St. John's and Seton Hall," Georgetown head coach Arlisa Williams said. "We need that excitement and energy to carry into the weekend since we know Seton Hall and St. John's are going to come in here with something to prove. The girls know it's going to be hard but we've also learned that doing the hard part well is pretty fun. It will be nice to take on these challenges at home.
"Friday night should be even more exciting since we are hosting our Dig Pink event. We'll get to take on Seton Hall in front of a crowd while increasing education and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. We will take donations at the door, have t-shirts for purchase, and conduct a silent auction to raise funds. All monies raised will go to the Side-Out Foundation."
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Last weekend, Georgetown went on the road to both St. John's and Seton Hall and came away with two crucial victories. The Hoyas defeated the Red Storm on Friday night in a five-set thriller, 18-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10, on a national stage before a ESPN3 audience. Georgetown then went on to sweep the Pirates, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18
Sophomore Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich,/Plainwell) continues to lead Georgetown's attack with a 3.21 kills per set average, ranking her eighth in the BIG EAST. Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) and Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) are also putting up big offensive numbers, averaging 2.72 and 2.70 kills per set, respectively. Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) averages 9.94 assists per set, which ranks her eighth in the BIG EAST, and is also third on the Hoyas in digs (191) and total blocks (33). MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) is tops on the team with 264 digs, with an average of 3.72 digs per set that ranks her seventh in the conference.
Seton Hall comes into Friday's match with an overall record of 8-10 and a 1-4 mark in the BIG EAST. The Pirates ended a three-match losing streak on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win at LIU Brooklyn. Amanda Hansen leads the team offensively with 170 kills, just ahead of the Manthorpe sisters, Stacey and Shelbey, who have 153 and 128 kills, respectively. Shelbey Manthorpe is also Seton Hall's primary setter, averaging 8.20 assists per set. Defensively, the Pirates are led by Alyssa Warren, who averages 4.70 digs per set, and Ashani Rubin, who comes in averaging 1.10 blocks per set.
St. John's enters the weekend at 13-8 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Red Storm will play at Villanova on Friday night. Karin Palgutova and Aleksandra Wachowicz are 1-2 in the entire BIG EAST with averages of 4.35 and 3.88 kills per set, respectively. Deniz Mutlugil is second in the conference with an average of 10.86 assists per set. Defensively, St. John's is led by Shawna-Lei, Santos with a 4.67 digs per set average which ranks her second in the BIG EAST.
Georgetown looks for its first three-match winning streak of the season and first since opening the 2012 season with five consecutive wins. The Hoyas have not won three straight BIG EAST matches since winning four in a row Oct. 21-30, 2011.
Georgetown heads back out on the road next weekend, traveling to DePaul and Marquette for a pair of BIG EAST matches.