HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Norfolk State volleyball team kept its mistakes to a minimum, but the Spartans were unable to overcome Georgetown’s offensive firepower in a 3-0 loss to the Hoyas on Saturday afternoon in the JMU Invitational.
NSU hit .162 for the match and committed a season-low 12 attack errors, but Georgetown hit nearly .400 in winning 25-11, 25-19 and 25-17. The Hoyas posted 45 kills in the match with just 11 errors.
Liv King played a big part in that for Georgetown (6-7), as she finished with 13 kills on 18 swings, hitting .667 along the way.
NSU (1-11) was led by senior Angie Darcus, who tallied six kills, and sophomore Dominique Parker, who added five kills and four blocks. Norfolk State finished with more blocks in the match than the opponent (4-3) for the first time this year.
Georgetown cruised through the first set thanks to runs of 8-1 to start the match and 11-0 after NSU had cut the deficit to 11-7 on a kill by senior setter Darcy Moore. The Spartans were also down by just one, 7-6, in the second set before an 8-1 run by the Hoyas pushed their lead to eight.
Moore’s service ace made it 15-10, and kills by Darcus, sophomore Uwem Etuk and Parker got the Spartans to within four on three different occasions. Parker’s service ace capped a 4-1 run and made it 21-18 before Georgetown scored four of the last five points of the middle stanza.
Parker and sophomore Hope Forsythe teamed up for the block to erase a 5-1 Georgetown lead in the third set. Up by just one, 6-5, at that point, the Hoyas scored five of the next six points and slowly pulled away. NSU did score four straight for an 18-15 Georgetown lead, but the Hoyas closed the match on a 7-2 run.
The Hoyas hit .395 altogether and held the advantage in digs (40-28) and service aces (10-3).
Etuk and senior Janay Frazier each added four kills. Frazier also led all Spartan players with eight digs.
NSU will play host James Madison at 7 p.m. today to conclude the tournament.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com | Used with Permission