Hoya women’s volleyball ace the Colonials in first home game
The Hoyas took down the George Washington Colonials in 3 games, winning their first home game of the season. After a long weekend, the Georgetown Hoyas looked forward to competing against an across-town rival.
They breezed by the first game with a 25-13 win. The second and third game proved to be a little closer, winning the second game 25-21 and the third game 25-22. “We were really pumped because it was our first home game,” said sophomore outside hitter Lauren Saar. “GW is a pretty big rival.”The game started out with the Hoyas taking the lead 6-1, forcing the Colonials to call a timeout. They then went on another winning streak, leading GW in a subsequent timeout 19-11.
The team quickly finished the game, intimidating George Washington with their strong offense. ““We talked about being all in the details,” said Head Coach Arlisa Williams. “Making sure that we are communicating effectively and making sure that we’re taking care of that first ball.” The Hoya’s strategy coming into this long awaited match was to stay in the system and operate as a unit.
The second and third game were cause for some nail-biting among the spectators. After being shocked by the Hoyas’ stellar performance in the first set, GW picked up the pace. Georgetown quickly took back the serve with a kill by Saar, and continued to keep the score close. In the middle of an intense rally, junior middle blocker Dani White and redshirt senior defensive specialist Whitney Jencks collided, causing worry of an injury. “We were both scrambling,” said White. “I was coming down, I saw her come under my feet, and I decided to jump out to avoid her.” Luckily, Jencks was not hurt too seriously, but she did leave the game, with sophomore defensive specialist Emily Gisolfi coming in to the rescue. The team quickly turned the game around, taking GW 25-21.
The third game opened up with Georgetown falling behind. With big hitters such as White, Saar, junior outside hitter Alex Johnson and redshirt senior right-side hitter Annalee Abell the team slowly crept back. After a timeout called by GW at 19-16, Johnson finished the game with a kill from the outside.
Coming out with a 1-2 record from the weekend Campbell Tournament in Buies, N.C., the Hoyas began the night with a fire to win. “We definitely wanted to start new,” said freshman setter Caitlin Brauneis. “We wanted to come out really strong.”
With a solid home win in their back pocket, the team is looking up. “It proves we are not one player, we are not one offense,” said White. “You can’t have a Kobe Bryant in a volleyball team. You can’t have one person do it all.”
The Georgetown Hoyas are looking forward to showing off their incredible teamwork in the Active Ankle Tournament this weekend in Gainesville, FL.
Photo: Claire Soisson/Georgetown Voice