Sept. 9, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 28-30, 15-15) decision to Towson on Friday afternoon, the first day of the Georgetown Classic, held at McDonough Arena. The two-day tournament welcomes the University of Maryland, Princeton University and Towson University to the Hilltop for a round-robin tournament featuring six matches.
"In that third set, this team really brought a lot of energy," Head Coach Arlisa Williams said following the match. "They were vocal and that on-court communication and our pass play helped our hitters get some good swings in there."
Sophomore Alyssa Sinnette (Pearland, Texas/Dawson) led the way with 14 kills in the match, followed by sophomore Symone Speech (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) with 12, recording a .310 hitting percentage. Sophomore Paige McKnight (Atlanta, Ga./Dunwoody) chipped in a team-leading 39 assists to go with seven digs and two kills. Sophomore Kenzie Higareda (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) tallied 18 digs on defense, followed by senior Caitlin Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) and freshman Sara Feld (Manhattan Beach, Claif./Mira Costa) with nine apiece.
Set 1: Towson 25, Georgetown 20
Towson opened the match with a 10-3 run that the Hoyas would not be able to overcome despite a late comeback. After GU called its second timeout, trailing 16-7, the Blue & Gray capitalized on sloppy play from the Tigers and a kill from freshman Yewande Ilawole (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) to pull within seven (18-11). The Hoyas looked sharp late in the set, using a 7-3 run to pull within four (24-20) on a pair of kills apiece from Speech and Sinnette as well as a service ace from McKnight. It would not be enough as Towson's Carola Biver recorded her fourth kill of the set to capture the first set for the Tigers.
Set 2: Towson 25, Georgetown 16
The second set went back and forth as a service ace from sophomore Caroline Mihm (Rolling Hills, Calif./Chadwick Schools) pulled GU within two (13-11), but Towson quickly found its rhythm to string together an 8-3 run for the 21-14 lead. Despite late kills from senior Ashlie Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) and freshman Madison Smith (Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove), the Hoyas dropped the set, 25-16.
Set 3: Georgetown 30, Towson 28
With nine lead changes and 20 tied scores, the third set was a nail biter wire to wire. The Hoyas recorded 14 kills in the set with Sinnette's five leading the way. Georgetown called a timeout after Towson's Jessica Lewis recorded her seventh kill of the set and the Tigers took the 23-22 lead. The Blue & Gray roared back with back-to-back points, including a Sinnette kill, for the set point (24-23). Towson would not go away and the Hoyas needed five set points, created by a quartet of kills Ã¢â'¬" two from Speech, one apiece from Sinnette and Williams Ã¢â'¬" to close out the set, 30-28.
Set 4: Towson 25, Georgetown 15
The Blue & Gray carried the momentum from the thrilling third set into the fourth, playing even with Towson through a 7-7 tie. However, the Tigers went on a 10-3 run to take an insurmountable 20-10 lead on the Blue & Gray. Despite a spot of errant play from Towson and a Feld service ace and Mihm kill, Towson closed the set, 25-15, to win the match, 3-1.
Georgetown will wrap up the Georgetown Classic with a pair of matches on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Hoyas will face the Princeton University Tigers at 9 a.m. The Blue & Gray will close the tournament with a 5 p.m. match versus the University of Maryland Terrapins. Live stats for tomorrow's matches and a live stream of the Georgetown-only matches will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.