Sept. 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown volleyball team did not drop a set on Saturday on its way to winning the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Invitational Championship. The Hoyas posted 3-0 decisions over Colgate (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) and Penn (25-17, 25-20, 25-23). Both matches were played at the historic Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
Lauren Saar (Richland, Mich./Plainwell) was named most valuable player of the tournament, averaging 4.0 kills per set in Georgetown's three matches to go along with 3.11 digs per set, two aces and two blocks. Dani White (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) was selected to the all-tournament team after averaging 2.89 kills per set and a .317 hitting percentage. She also had 10 blocks and 11 digs on the weekend.
"I was concerned after how we performed on Friday night, but we showed true grit and bounced back well today," Georgetown Head Coach Arlisa Williams said. "We played very good volleyball and were disciplined, focused and enthusiastic while playing as a unit."
Georgetown 3, Colgate 0
Freshman Terese Cannon (Pittsford, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) led the offense with a match-high 12 kills, hitting at a .379 clip. White finished with seven kills and eight blocks. Saar had eight kills to go along with eight digs while Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) had seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) contributed 28 assists and four blocks while MacKenzie Simpson (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Emily Gisolfi (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) led the defense with 16 and 15 digs, respectively. For the match, the Hoyas hit .308 as a team.
Georgetown came out fast in the first set, scoring the first seven points of the match. Cannon was huge in the opening run, converting three kills and teaming with White for consecutive blocks. A 6-1 run later in the set gave the Hoyas their biggest lead at 18-6. Williams led the run with two kills and Shannon Ellis (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood) contributed a kill. Another kill from Williams closed out the set 25-14.
GU trailed 10-8 in the second set before embarking on a 6-0 run to take 14-8 lead. White and Saar each had a kill in the streak and White combined twice with Brauneis for blocks. A few points later, kills by Saar and Williams as well as a Colgate error extended the Hoya advantage to 18-12. The Blue & Gray scored four of the final five points of the set for a 25-18 win. Cannon had three kills in the final run, including the set-clincher, and White and Brauneis teamed up for another block.
The third set was knotted at nine before five-straight points by the Hoyas put them in control. The run was fueled by kills from White and Saar as well as a service ace by Alex Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Plant). After Colgate fought back to take an 18-17 lead, Georgetown scored eight of the final nine points on two kills apiece from Cannon and White, as well as an ace by Simpson, to win the third set 25-18 and sweep the match.
Georgetown 3, Penn 0
Saar led all players with 16 kills and added nine digs to lead the Hoyas. Cannon finished with 11 kills and a .392 hitting percentage and White was also in double figures, killing 10 balls while not committing a single attacking error to hit at a .455 clip. Brauneis added 34 assists with nine digs and Simpson led the defense with 16 digs.
The Hoyas came out strong for a second-consecutive match, taking a commanding 11-2 lead in the first set. White started things off with back-to-back kills and Saar added two kills as well. Ellis also put down one kill and Williams had two blocks in the opening run, teaming up once each with Brauneis and Saar. Penn fought back to tie the score at 13, but a block from White and Elizabeth Riggins (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita) gave the lead right back to the Hoyas. With the score knotted at 16, Georgetown ended the first set on a 9-1 run, including scoring the final seven points. Saar led the late charge with four kills while Williams and Johnson each added one and Brauneis had back-to-back service aces.
GU jumped out again in the second set, going ahead 7-3 early. Saar again led the way with two kills and an ace while Brauneis, Williams and Saar each added a kill. Penn again fought back, eventually taking a 14-13 lead, but another kill from Saar, right after a GU timeout, tied the score again at 14. Following a point by the Quakers, kills from Saar and Cannon, along with three Penn errors gave the Hoyas four-straight points and a 19-15 lead. Penn answered for a second time in the set, tying the score at 19, but Georgetown closed out the set, scoring six of the final seven points for a 25-20 win and a 2-0 lead in the match. Cannon had two kills in the final run and White added one.
The Hoyas were behind for much of the third set, but climbed back to tie the score at 14 on a dual block from Saar and Williams. With Penn leading by one at 18-17, GU put together three-straight points, on a kill by Cannon and three Quakers' errors, to take a 21-18 lead. Penn fought off two match points, closing to within one at 24-23, but Saar's 16th kill of the match sealed the win.
"It is not just the players in the stat line who won these two matches today," said Coach Williams. "Without Casey Speer running Casey's Crew at practice or Kieley Culbertson digging balls or Alyssa Gerardi doing what was asked no matter how out of position she may be, we do not get these wins. The selfless acts of everyone won us this tournament championship."
Georgetown will play its home-opener on Tuesday, September 9 against Liberty. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at McDonough Arena.