Oct. 10, 2014
WASHINGTON - Senior Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) reached the 1,000 career kill milestone, but the Georgetown volleyball dropped a 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-13, 25-19) decision at Villanova on Friday night in a BIG EAST Conference matchup.
White finished with seven kills on the night and added three blocks while Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) was the only Hoya in double figures with 12 kills. Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) each had eight kills and Saar tied her career high with four total blocks. Casey Speer (Durham, N.C./Riverside) finished with 29 assists and completed the double-double with a career-high 14 digs. MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) led the GU defense with 19 digs.
Georgetown (7-12, 1-5 BIG EAST) fell behind 3-0 early in the first set and could not come back as Villanova (10-11, 3-3 BIG EAST) opened a 12-4 lead. Kills from Terese Cannon (Pittsford, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) and Johnson, as well as a solo block by Williams cut the deficit to 14-8, but the Wildcats responded with a 4-1 run to regain an 18-9 advantage. A sideout kill by Johnson sparked a streak of six-consecutive points that brought the Hoyas within three at 18-15. Johnson added another kill while Cannon had four, including three in a row. Villanova, however, scored seven of the final nine points to win the opening set 25-17.
Four kills from Johnson, along with one by Cannon and a combination block from Williams and Saar, helped GU take a 9-3 lead to start the second set. With the score 10-6, kills from White, Cannon and Williams, as well as another block from Williams and Cannon, propelled a 7-0 run to give the Hoyas a 17-6 advantage, on the way to a 25-18 set victory to tie the match at one set apiece.
Villanova scored 15 of the first 17 points in the third set, including a streak off 11-straight points, to take command early. Despite two kills apiece from White, Williams and Saar, Georgetown could not mount a comeback as the Wildcats took the third set 25-13.
The fourth set was back-and-forth until, tied at 13, Villanova scored four-straight points to open a 17-13 lead. After siding out on a kill from Saar, the Wildcats scored the next four points to take control at 21-14. The Hoyas made a late run, behind a kill from White and four Villanova errors, but eventually dropped the final set, 25-19.
"Tonight was a tough match," said Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams. "Casey (Speer) worked hard running our offense. We are two evenly matched teams but Villanova out-competed us tonight."
The Hoyas wrap up their road trip at Seton Hall on Saturday night. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.