Sept. 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown volleyball dropped a pair of tough matches on Saturday at the Fullerton Classic. The Hoyas lost their first five-set match of the season to the host Titans (25-17, 17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-11) before falling 3-1 (11-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-19) to Yale. Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) was selected to the all-tournament team.
"We played three very talented teams this weekend," Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. "We learned that we can play with anyone if we are consistent in our effort and execution.
"Our non-conference schedule has fully prepared us for BIG EAST play. I am looking forward to starting the next chapter of our season."
Cal State Fullerton 3, Georgetown 2â€¦
White had a team-high 15 kills to go along with four blocks. Terese Cannon (Pittsford, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) finished with 14 kills and three service aces while Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) contributed 13 kills. Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) had a double-double with 46 assists and 10 digs. MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with a team-high 18 digs while Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant) had 17 digs to go along with three service aces. Emily Gisolfi (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) was also in double figures with 13 digs.
The first set was back-and-forth until a 7-1 run by CSF broke a 12-12 tie to give the Titans a 19-13 lead. The tournament hosts did not look back, taking the first set 25-17.
A 7-1 run by the Hoyas in the second set turned a 5-2 deficit into a 9-6 lead. The run was led by two kills from Williams, one from Johnson and a dual block by White and Elizabeth Riggins (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita). With the lead at 13-10, GU embarked on a 5-1 run to extend its advantage to 18-11. Cannon led the charge with a kill and back-to-back service aces, as well as a kill by Williams. Another kill by Williams, her fifth of the frame, eventually gave the Hoyas a 25-17 set win to even the match.
CSF took control of the third set early, jumping out to an 11-3 lead. Kills by Cannon and Williams, as well as two errors by the Titans, cut Georgetown's deficit to 12-7, but CSF responded with an 8-1 run to open a 20-8 lead. The Hoyas made a late charge - on three kills from White, two by Cannon and two aces by Johnson - but the Titans took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-19 win in set three.
A kill and ace by White, along with single kills from Cannon and Williams gave GU an early 4-1 lead in the fourth set. CSF tied the score with three-straight points, and neither team could jump ahead as the set remained knotted at 14. Kills by Riggins and Cannon, as well as another Johnson ace, helped propel the Hoyas into an 18-14 lead. The Titans pulled to within one, 24-23, but another kill by Cannon pushed the match to a deciding fifth set.
The score in the fifth set was tight until a 3-1 run by the Titans gave them a late 12-10 lead. A White kill pulled the Hoyas within one, but CSF scored the final three points to take the set and the match.
Yale 3, Georgetown 0â€¦
Johnson had a double-double, leading the Hoyas with 16 kills while also adding 11 digs. Cannon finished with 13 kills while Williams and White each had 12. Willams also had seven blocks while White added six. Brauneis put together her second double-double of the day with 44 assists and 13 digs and Simpson again led the defense with 18 digs.
GU came out flying in the first set, opening up a 6-1 lead on single kills from White, Cannon, Brauneis and Williams, as well as a block from Williams and Cannon. The Hoyas did not step off of the gas pedal, furthering their lead to 23-8 on the back of a 13-2 run. The streak was fueled by White who had four kills and two blocks, teaming once each with Brauneis and Johnson. Williams and Riggins also combined for a block, Johnson added two service aces and Gisolfi put down an ace. Another kill by White, her eighth of the frame, gave the Hoyas a 25-11 win in the opening set.
It was Yale's turn to jump out early in the second set as the Bulldogs took a quick 6-2 lead. GU fought back to within one at 14-13, but a Yale 6-1 run put the Hoyas in a 20-14 hole. Behind two kills and a block from Cannon, and kills by White and Brauneis, Georgetown cut the deficit to 23-22. Yale held on, however, to tie the match with a 25-23 win.
The third set started out tight at the beginning, with neither team able to open up a lead. Tied 12-12, the Bulldogs used a 5-1 run to take an 18-13 advantage. Four kills by Johnson, one by Cannon and a solo block by White brought the Hoyas all the way back to knot things up at 20. After Yale scored four of the next five points to bring the score to set point, GU again had to mount a comeback. A kill by Williams, ace by Brauneis and Yale error brought the set back into a tie at 24-24, but the Bulldogs finished the set with back-to-back kills to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
It was back-and-forth again in the fourth set, until three Georgetown errors gave the Bulldogs a 13-10 lead. The Hoyas again fought back, as kills from Williams and Johnson, an ace from Cannon and solo block by Johnson tied the score at 17. However, Yale again would not let the Hoyas take the lead as the Bulldogs scored the next five points to take a controlling 23-17 lead late. Kills from Williams and Johnson were not enough to mount another comeback as Yale took the fourth set 25-19 and the match.
Georgetown ends its non-conference portion of the schedule with a 6-7 record. The Hoyas open up BIG EAST play next week with a three-match homestand at McDonough Arena. The week kicks off on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against reigning conference runner-up Creighton. The homestand continues on Friday, September 26 against Xavier at 7 p.m. and concludes against Butler on Sunday, September 28 at 2 p.m.