The Georgetown women’s volleyball team (9-15, 3-8 Big East) fell in their crucial homecoming matchup last Saturday against Marquette (17-6, 8-3 BE), dropping the first three sets of the match 25-22, 25-22, and 25-12.
Although Marquette is considered one of the better teams in the country, Georgetown was able to keep pace early in the game, even taking a 21-20 lead. The Hoyas, however, were unable to convert, falling in the first set 25-22 after a strong finish by the Golden Eagles.
Undeterred by the relatively disappointing end of the first set, the Hoyas came prepared for the second set, again taking an early lead. The Hoyas led by an early score of 12-7, pushing their advantage over Marquette to as much as 15-8. Despite the lead, Marquette battled back. After a tense back-and-forth between the two sides, the Hoyas managed to take a tenuous 21-19 lead late in the second set. In the end, the Blue and Gray crumbled once again, and Marquette triumphed 25-22.
Georgetown kept the third set tied at 4-4, but unfortunately couldn’t compete with the strength of the Golden Eagles. Marquette took the set comfortably, outscoring the Hoyas 25-12.
Even though the Hoyas lost, the game featured some impressive individual performances. Senior Alex Johnson led the Hoyas in the match, finishing with a team high 12 kills and 10 digs. Freshman libero Casey Speer put on an impressive performance in her own right, with 26 assists and nine digs. Freshman Terese Cannon added nine digs of her own, while junior Lauren Saar led the squad with 13 digs. The Hoyas certainly didn’t go down without a fight.
“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.”
The Hoyas are set to go on the road for the next five games, with their first road match against Creighton (17-7, 10-1 BE) on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.