RICHMOND, Va. – This is the one that got away.
Despite 17 kills by senior Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.), Georgetown rallied to stun Virginia Commonwealth University in its home opener, 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-9) Tuesday at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
Frey hit .277 to lead the Rams and added nine digs and three blocks. VCU (1-10) also received 21 digs from sophomore libero Marisa Low (Carlsbad, Calif.), as well as seven kills and seven blocks from senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho).
Lindsay Wise led all players with 19 kills and hit .419 for the Hoyas (7-5), while Georgetown setter Ashley Malone dished out 58 assists.
With the match even at two sets apiece, the Hoyas hit .375 in the fifth and deciding set, while the Rams struggled to an .048 hitting mark. Powered by a Brooke Bachesta kill and a service ace by Samantha Trauth, the Hoyas grabbed a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker and never trailed. VCU pulled within 10-8, but kills by Trauth and Annalee Abell, as well as a Whitney Jencks ace, doomed the Black and Gold.
VCU looked crisp in the second and third sets, when it hit .400 and .444, respectively, on the way to a 2-1 lead. The Rams appeared on the road to a win, but Wise blasted six kills and hit .364 to spark a 25-20 triumph in the fourth set.
The Rams, who have played nine of their first 10 matches away from the Siegel Center, hit the road for a four-match swing to Fort Collins and Denver, Colo. VCU will face 14th-ranked Colorado State Thursday at 9 p.m. in Fort Collins. The following day, it will take on No. 24 Long Beach State before heading to Denver for a pair of Saturday matches.