Oct. 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown volleyball team got career highs from both of its freshmen - Terese Cannon (Pittsford, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) and Casey Speer (Durham, N.C./Riverside) - but fell 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19) to a tough Seton Hall squad on Saturday night in a BIG EAST Conference match.
Cannon finished with a match-high 20 kills and nine digs, both personal bests and Speer had a career-high 50 assists, in just her second career start, to go along with eight digs. Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) finished with 13 kills while Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) and Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) each added nine kills. White also finished with seven blocks. MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) tied for match-high honors with 18 digs.
Trailing 5-4 in the first set, Georgetown (7-13, 1-6 BIG EAST) embarked on a 6-1 run to open a 10-6 advantage. White led the charge with three blocks, teaming twice with Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and once with Saar. Saar and Johnson each added kills as well. With the lead 10-8, kills by Johnson and Cannon bookended a 4-0 run to give the Blue & Gray a 14-8 cushion. White added two more blocks - one of the solo variety and combining with Cannon for another. Seton Hall (17-3, 7-0 BIG EAST) cut the lead to 22-21, but three kills by Cannon won the set for the Hoyas, 25-22.
Single kills from Williams, Cannon and Saar gave GU a 3-0 lead to start the second set, but the Pirates fought to tie the score at 10. After kills from White and Johnson have the Hoyas a 14-12 lead, Seton Hall scored six of the next seven points to take an 18-15 lead. Georgetown tied things back at 18 on a kill from Cannon and two Seton Hall errors. The Pirates regained the lead with a point before back-to-back kills by Cannon put GU ahead, 20-19. After a kill by Saar gave the Hoyas a 21-20 lead however, Seton Hall went on a 5-1 run to close the set and tie the match.
In the third set, the Pirates broke a 3-3 tie with a 5-1 run to take an 8-4 lead. The Hoyas cut to within three at 15-12, but that is as close as they would get as Seton Hall took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-17 victory in set three.
After the Hoyas scored the first three points of the fourth set, on kills by Williams and Saar, Seton Hall scored five of the next six points to jump ahead, 5-4. A kill by White put GU up, 9-8, but four-straight points by the Pirates put the visitors in a 12-9 hole. The Hoyas could not mount a comeback as Seton Hall eventually won the set 25-19 to clinch the match.
"We played a better game of volleyball tonight against a talented Seton Hall team," Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. "We have something to build on and look forward to continuing the process. We had good performances by Terese Cannon and Ashlie Williams. It was also nice to have Kieley Culbertson come off the bench and add a spark. The next step is sustaining a high level of play from beginning to end."
The Hoyas return home next weekend to begin a four-match homestand at McDonough Arena. The homestand will begin on Friday, October 17 with a noon match against Providence. St. John's (Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m.), DePaul (Friday, October 24, 8 p.m.) and Marquette (Sunday, October 26, 1 p.m.) will all also visit the Hilltop.