The Georgetown volleyball team took on DePaul University and No. 12 Marquette University over family weekend in Washington, D.C., with these two conference games both proving to be difficult for the Hoyas, as Georgetown took the win in the fifth set over DePaul before losing all three sets to Marquette.
After last weekend, the team’s overall record improved to 12-10, with a 2-6 Big East conference record. In the first set against DePaul (10-10, 2-6 Big East), the two teams were neck and neck up until the game point, when DePaul lost the set because of an attack error. The next set proved even more difficult for the Hoyas when DePaul took a mid-game lead, establishing a seven-point difference between itself and Georgetown toward the end of the game. However, the Hoyas were able to reduce the deficit, eventually losing 25-17.
The Blue and Gray entered the third set immediately leading over DePaul and sustained the lead until the game point. DePaul fought back, finishing the game with three consecutive plays, but Georgetown still took the set 26-24. In the fourth set, Georgetown trailed DePaul until mid-game, when they battled, and DePaul took the competitive fourth set 25-23.
Georgetown took a quick lead in the final set, ending the game 15-9. Senior outside hitter Iva Vujosevic led the team with 29 kills, followed by freshman right side Peyton Wilhite with 15 kills and sophomore outside hitter Elissa Barbosa with 11 kills. Barbosa also finished with three blocks and 13 digs behind while sophomore defensive specialist Jessica Cusi led the Hoyas with 21 digs.
Riding off a big win, the Hoyas prepared for another conference game against Marquette the next day. Georgetown had a tough competition ahead, with Marquette’s overall record of 17-3 and a 7-1 Big East conference record.
Starting the game, Marquette took a slight lead over Georgetown, which it maintained until the end, winning the game 25-15. The second set did not do much to hold off the loss, with the Golden Eagles leading the entire time and finishing with a 15-point lead over the Hoyas of 25-10. The Blue and Gray fought back in the last set with renewed vigor, trailing Marquette by three points until a mid-game substitute by Georgetown. Marquette exploded for the rest of the game, finishing 25-17 with a total of one hour and 18 minutes of play.
Vujosevic had another solid game, finishing with 11 kills, an ace, a block and three digs. Freshman middle blocker Kace Boland led the team with two blocks, while Plutnicki finished with a block, 16 assists and three digs. Cusi also added another nine digs to her record for this game.
Despite the bad loss for Georgetown to Marquette, the Hoyas faced off with one of their perennially toughest opponents in the Big East. The last time Georgetown won against Marquette was in 2010, in a five-set face-off in McDonough Arena.
Georgetown will travel to the Midwest next weekend to take on Xavier University on Friday, Oct. 25, in Cincinnati before competing against Butler University on Sunday, Oct. 27, in Indianapolis.