The Presbyterian College volleyball team dropped three close sets in a 3-0 loss to Georgetown in the first match of the Tiny Laster Classic being held in Hampton, Va. The Hoyas took the three sets by scores of 25-17, 25-23, and 26-24.
The Blue Hose, now 3-6 overall, take on Hampton at 6 p.m., to round out tournament action. PC returns home for the next two matches as it hosts Furman Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., and USC Upstate Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.
Ashlie Williams and Lauren Saar paced Georgetown with 12 kills apiece. The Hoyas recorded 43 kills and posted just 13 errors to hold a .291 hitting percentage.
Leading PC were Ashton Stewart and Rachel Hall, both of whom recorded nine kills. Kelly Berryman added six. As a team, the Blue Hose posted 38 kills and 16 errors for a .214 hitting percentage. Ashtin Frank had 34 assists, while Mary Trimpe came away with 19 digs. The Blue Hose had 9.0 team kills with Hall leading the way with seven block assists.
Georgetown won the first seven points in the first set, before opening up a 14-5 lead, before the Blue Hose rattled off two straight, one off block assists from Stewart and Hall, to make it 14-7. The Hoyas fought back, extending their lead to 17-10.
A Berryman kill and block helped the Blue Hose cut the lead to just five, 18-13, but Georgetown scored the next seven of 11 points, including the final three, to take the 25-17 win.
PC found itself down by six, 22-16, late in the second set, before it scored four unanswered to cut the margin to just two, 23-20. The Hoyas rallied to set point, 24-21, but kills by Berryman and Frank made it 24-23, before Saar’s kill gave Georgetown the 25-23 second set win.
It was all PC early in the third set as the Blue Hose shot out to a 9-1 lead, holding the Hoyas to single digits until a Caitlin Brauneis kills made it 16-10, in favor of PC.
Trailing 20-13, Georgetown rallied to within three, 23-20, before tying the set and taking the eventual 26-24 third set and match win.