Oct. 26, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The Hoyas played two sets of strong volleyball, but it was not enough to slow a hot-hitting Marquette squad as Georgetown dropped a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-12) decision on Sunday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference match at McDonough Arena. Marquette came into the match receiving votes in the national polls.
Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) led the Hoyas with a double-double, finishing with a team-high 12 kills and 10 digs. Terese Cannon (Pittsford, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) had nine digs and Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) led the defense with 13 digs. Casey Speer (Durham, N.C./Riverside) had 26 assists and just missed a double-double, finishing with nine digs.
The Hoyas (9-15, 3-8 BIG EAST) trailed 4-1 early in the first set, but fought their way back. A kill by Cannon and service ace from Kieley Culbertson (Grain Valley, Mo./Blue Springs) pulled GU within one, at 12-11, but the Blue & Gray could not pull even. The Hoyas never trailed by more than two points and, with the score 19-17 in favor of Marquette (17-6, 8-3 BIG EAST), consecutive kills by Cannon and Williams and a Marquette attacking error gave Georgetown its first lead at 20-19. After the Golden Eagles tied the score at 20, a kill from Cannon regained the lead for the Hoyas, 21-20. Marquette ended the set on a 5-1 run however, taking a 1-0 lead in the match.
GU came out swinging in the second set, using a 5-0 run to take a 12-7 lead. Johnson and White each had two kills to lead the streak and Saar added a service ace. Kills from Cannon and White pushed the lead 15-8, but Marquette strung together six-straight points to cut the lead to just one, 15-14. A dual block by Cannon and Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) extended GU's advantage back to two, but the Golden Eagles eventually forced at tie a 18-all. Back-to-back kills by Johnson and White gave the Hoyas a 21-19 lead, but Marquette scored six of the final seven points to win the set.
Tied 4-4 in the third set, Marquette went on a run, scoring four-consecutive points and 10 of 18 to take a 14-8 advantage. A kill from Cannon pulled the Hoyas within five, 15-10, but the Golden Eagles went on a for a 25-12 set victory to sweep the match.
"We came out and played hard, competed and were aggressive," said Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams. "Everything that we have talked about all year, that's who this team was today. We were taking great swings, serving aggressively and digging balls. I am really proud of them."
T he Blue & Gray will head out on the road for five-consecutive matches, starting with a matchup next Saturday, November 1, at Creighton.